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Clinician's Perspective

Clinician's Perspective

As a family physician I have not one but two jobs these days: take great care of my patients and continually improve my practice. I look forward to working with the practice improvement facilitators in the Great Lakes Practice Transformation Network to help me do both of these jobs better. An extra pair of skilled hands will be a welcome addition to our improvement team.John Hickner, MD, MSc Professor and Head, Family Medicine University of Illinois at Chicago


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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

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A Population Health Approach to Dementia

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

A Population Health Approach to Dementia by Catherine A. Alder, JD, Bharath B. Reddy Bynagari and Malaz ...

The Central Network

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Malaz Boustani, M.D., MPH

GLPTN Principal Investigator
At the Indiana University School of Medicine, Dr. Malaz Boustani serves as founding director of the Sandra Eskenazi Center for Brain Care Innovation, where he has improved the quality of brain care for more than 5,000 patients and their family caregivers. Building on his international expertise in brain care research and health care innovation, Malaz leads the Sandra Eskenazi Center in developing and implementing a futuristic and cutting-edge model of brain care for the 21st century. We've left a few articles exploring the topic at the main page on He also serves as COO and Chief Idea Generator for the IU Center for Health Innovation and Implementation Science (CHIIS); Associate Director for the Center for Aging Research; Investigator for the Regenstrief Institute; and the Richard M. Fairbanks Professor in Aging Research. Through his various leadership roles, Malaz focuses on the rapid translation and implementation of research discoveries into clinical practice, utilizing using the lens of complexity science, the tools of medical informatics, and the methods of public health epidemiology. Dr. Boustani’s publications and research profile.

Tierra Pinkins, MHA, CHES
GLPTN Program Director
As GLPTN’s Program Manager, Tierra focuses on utilizing her experiences working within health care systems to apply innovation and implementation science to bridge the gap between research and care delivery. Her work consists of taking evidence-based models of care, tools, programs and practices that have yielded better care, better health and lower costs for targeted patient populations, and disseminating these models of care across multiple healthcare systems and care venues.

Tony PerkinsTony Perkins, MS
GLPTN Principal Biostatistician
At the Center for Health Innovation and Implementation Science (CHIIS), Tony serves as biostatistician, and he will lead the data core for the GLPTN. For the last 10 years, Tony ran his own consulting company. Prior to that he worked 10 years at the Regenstrief Institute and Indiana University Center for Aging Research. He has over 20 years of experience working in health services research, collaborating with researchers on a variety of observational studies, randomized control trials, and retrospective studies. The primary areas of his research collaboration have focused on dementia, depression, and delirium.

Kranthi Kalva, MS
GLPTN Data Manager
Kranthi Kalva is the Data Manager for the Center for Health Innovation and Implementation Science. She earned her Masters of Science degree in Bioinformatics from Indiana University. Before joining the team, Kranthi worked as a Data Specialist with the Indiana University Student Services and Systems. Her primary work involves data quality improvement and assisting the Center with the design and implementation of data management systems.