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Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Department of Urology
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Health Services and Outcomes Research

Studying care delivery and quality of care for urologic patients.

 Greg Auffenberg Lab

Characterizing the variations in the quality of urologic cancer care.

Research Description

Greg Auffenberg, MD, MS, is a urologic oncologist with an academic focus in health services and surgical quality improvement research. He has dedicated significant time to investigating the efficacy and safety of active surveillance for prostate cancer, focusing on the variation in the selection of men for active surveillance and the follow-up care men receive while on active surveillance. He is currently working to develop system-wide interventions to standardize care for all patients on active surveillance. Other projects are focused on understanding the science of performance measurement, including leveraging electronic medical records and publically-reported surgical outcomes.

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 Joshua Halpern Lab

Studying the interactions between patients and the healthcare system, access to care, and ways to improve the delivery of care through health policy, medical intervention, and surgical innovation. 

Dr. Halpern  is interested in health services research in the field of Andrology. He studies the interactions between patients and the healthcare system, access to care, and ways to improve the delivery of care through health policy, medical intervention, and surgical innovation. His research is also focused on patient outcomes following medical and surgical treatments for male infertility and sexual dysfunction, as well as the interaction between cancer and these conditions.

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 Emilie Johnson Lab

Improving outcomes for pediatric patients with both acute and chronic urologic conditions

Research Description

Emilie K. Johnson, MD, MPH, is a pediatric urologist with an academic focus in health services and outcomes research. Her research interests and long-term goals are focused on improving outcomes for pediatric patients with both acute and chronic urologic conditions. She has a particular interest in projects with opportunities to develop interventions to improve the quality and safety of care and improve outcomes. Currently, Dr. Johnson is involved in research projects related to differences of sex development and access to neonatal circumcision

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