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Staff

Meet the staff of the Center for Health Services & Outcomes Research. Visit the Surgical Outcomes & Quality Improvement Center (SOQIC) site to meet the SOQIC research team.

Jackie Bannon

Jackie Bannon

Postdoctoral Fellow

PIs: Charlesnika Tyon Evans, PhD, MPH, Judith T Moskowitz, PhD

Owusu Bekoe

Owusu Bekoe

Program Assistant

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Owusu Bekoe joined Northwestern in 2021 after graduating from Howard University with a BA in political Science and Sociology. He currently curates the CHSOR Brief(ly) newsletter and manages the center’s Twitter account. Outside work, Owusu lends himself to LGBTQ+ causes in his local Chicago community and Ghana.
Jessica Gacki-Smith

Jessica Gacki-Smith

Research Project Manager

PI: Elisa Gordon

Ravi Garg

Ravi Garg

Clinical Research Associate

PIs: Emma Barber, Anne Stey

Matt Gooden

Matt Gooden

Research Project Coordinator

PI: Elisa Gordon

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Matthew Gooden is a research project coordinator working with Elisa Gordon, PhD. He graduated with his Master of Science degree from Tufts University School of Medicine in 2020. He enjoys resistance and aerobic training, meeting new people and learning about various cultures.
Lynn Huang

Lynn Huang

Research Data Analyst

PIs: Hassan Ghomrawi, Tara Lagu, Mehul Raval

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Lynn Huang joined Northwestern in February 2022. She has an MS in statistics and worked on multiple big data research projects during her time in school, including an NSF-REU in machine learning. In her spare time, she enjoys exploring new neighborhoods, cooking and live music. 
Ieshia Johnson

Ieshia Johnson

Research Project Coordinator

PIs: Ann Borders, Patti Lee King

SuYeon Lee

SuYeon Lee

Postdoctoral Fellow

PIs: Ann Borders, Patti Lee King

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Su Lee is a postdoctoral scholar at Illinois Perinatal Quality Collaborative (ILPQC). Before joining the team, she received a PhD in prevention science at Washington State University. Her research interests include understanding risk and protective factors for optimal health and well-being among mothers of color and their children. She enjoys biking, walking, hiking and camping.
Ali McLagan

Ali McLagan

Research Project Coordinator

Juliana Pinheiro

Juliana Pinheiro

Research Study Assistant

PI: Andrew Naidech

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Juliana Pinheiro joined Northwestern in 2022. She studied biochemistry and neuroscience at Augustana College and then worked as a research associate at MD Anderson Cancer Center, spearheading a project studying a novel therapeutic treatment in glioblastomas. She enjoys running, soccer and geeking out over Philosophy of Mind theories. 
Harika Reddy

Harika Reddy

Research Project Coordinator

PI: Tara Lagu

Alana Rivera

Alana Rivera

Perinatal Nurse Quality Manager

Carolyn Schafer

Carolyn Schafer

Research Project Manager

PI: Tara Lagu MD, MPH

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Carolyn Schafer joined CHSOR in December 2021. Carolyn grew up in Cleveland, OH and worked in Malawi and Sierra Leone before moving to Chicago. She is interested in health systems strengthening and mental health. Outside of work she enjoys working out and reading. 
Aileen Shen

Aileen Shen

Center Administrator

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Aileen Shen joined Northwestern in 2019. Before then she directed a $3.6 million 4-year multi-sector CDC Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) grant and worked in both local government and academic sectors. She enjoys rock climbing, spending time outside, exploring new Chicago neighborhoods and trying new foods.
Alexis Stewart

Alexis Stewart

Research Study Assistant

PI: Tara Lagu, MD, MPH

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Alexis Stewart joined Northwestern in 2021 after graduating with a BBA in marketing and sociology from Mercer University. Previously, she researched the relationship between religiosity and mortality risk and assisted faculty-led research on student mental health. She enjoys reading, baking and exploring new parts of Chicago.
Ellie Suse

Ellie Suse

Research Project Coordinator, ILPQC

PIs: Ann Borders, Patti Lee King

Jefferson Uriarte

Jefferson Uriarte

Research Project Coordinator

PI: Elisa Gordon

Dan Weiss

Dan Weiss

Director of Data and Operations, ILPQC

PIs: Ann Borders, Patti Lee King

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