Michael Weiner, M.D. Assumes IU, Regenstrief, and VA Positions

Jan. 22, 2010, INDIANAPOLIS - Michael Weiner, M.D., M.P.H., Indiana University School of Medicine associate professor of medicine, has been named director of the IU Center for Health Services and Outcomes Research, director of the Regenstrief Institute's Health Services Research Program, and director of the Department of Veterans Affairs Health Services Research and Development Center of Excellence on Implementing Evidence-Based Practice, located at the Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center in Indianapolis.

"These centers develop, study, and apply new approaches to improving medical care, especially for adults with chronic health conditions. The centers represent a critical bridge between clinical research and the daily practice of medicine. Through systems redesign, organizational change, complex interventions and medical informatics, the centers' investigators study issues such as cancer care, chronic pain, interpersonal communication, patient safety, severe mental illness, and stroke. We will build on these important areas and also contribute to training the workforce that will study and improve delivery of healthcare," said Dr. Weiner.

Dr. Weiner joined the faculty of the IU School of Medicine and the Regenstrief Institute in 1999, following undergraduate work at Brown University, medical school at Duke University, and residency and fellowship at The Johns Hopkins University. While at Hopkins, he also earned a master's degree in public health.

Dr. Weiner's professional interests are health services research, geriatrics, and health informatics. At IU Geriatrics, he founded the gero-informatics program, which has focused on leveraging health information technologies to improve the care of older adults. He investigates the effects of health information and information technology on physicians' practices and patients' outcomes. Currently he is studying the development and implementation of information systems to promote clinical handoffs, patient-centered geriatrics care, and clinical decision support.

Indiana University School of Medicine and the Regenstrief Institute are located on the campus of Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.

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