MISU Personnel

Faculty

Robert H. Friedman, M.D.

Chief, MISU; Professor of Medicine and Public Health

Chief, MISU; Professor of Medicine and Public Health

Medical School: Stanford University School of Medicine
Residency: Bronx Municipal Hospital

Office: Crosstown Center
Dr. Friedman is Professor of Medicine and Public Health at Boston University and Boston Medical Center. He is Chief of the Medical Information Systems Unit in the Section of General Internal Medicine where he directs a research group of 30 staff including 4 faculty in Medical Informatics research and education. He has been the recipient of 28 externally funded research grants including fifteen NIH grants, nine of which are currently active. His research is at the interface between information technology and clinical medicine/public health and is focused on design and evaluation of totally automated systems that deliver health and human services. Dr. Friedman is actively involved in education, particularly in research methodology and medical informatics. He is the director of a combined Family Medicine/General Internal Medicine research training program at Boston University. This program has placed more than 70 current research-oriented medical school faculty in the United States and Canada over the past 20 years. Dr. Friedman is also the director of a post doctoral Medical Informatics Fellowship Program at Boston University, designed to train research-oriented medical informatics professionals. He is currently the Principal Investigator on 3 federal research training grants that support these fellowship training programs. In these programs as well as outside of them, he has a personal role in mentoring trainees in research including bioethics and public health.

Julien J. Dedier, M.D., M.P.H.

Dedier, Julien J., M.D., M.P.H.

Assistant Professor of Medicine

Medical School: Northwestern University School of Medicine
Residency: Massachusetts General Hospital
Fellowship Training: General Internal Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital

Office: Crosstown Center
Dr. Dedier is a clinician-investigator and Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Boston University School of Medicine. He received his M.D. degree from Northwestern University, and completed residency training in Internal Medicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital. He holds a Masters of Public Health degree in quantitative research methods from the Harvard School of Public Health. His research interests include understanding the influence of ethnic, cultural and environmental factors on risk-related behaviors for cardiovascular disease and cancer among underprivileged urban minority groups. He seeks to apply computer-assisted communication technologies to create behavioral interventions that are appropriately tailored to the ethnic, cultural and contextual characteristics of urban minorities of low socioeconomic status. He has received funding from the NIH to study the relation of ethnic identity to the prevalence and severity of behavioral risk factors for cancer and cardiovascular disease among Boston’s black residents. He has now extended this work to study how interventions to improve energy balance among urban blacks may be tailored to their users’ cultural characteristics.

Ramesh Farzanfar, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Medicine

Assistant Professor of Medicine

Doctoral Training: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Office: 560 Harrison Ave.
I am a social scientist and a qualitative researcher by education and background. I received my Ph.D. in political science from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1992 and joined MISU in 1995. The major areas of my interest are Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) in health and use of technology in mental health. In keeping with this interest, I have evaluated several programs to explore users’ understanding of automated health care systems. I have also collaborated with mental health clinicians and other experts to develop two mental health systems which use computer telephony to interact with patients/consumers. One is a system for patients with depression in which the objective is to improve outcomes by promoting full adherence with the patients’ prescribed antidepressants and their attendance to scheduled mental health visits. The other is a new system we have developed for my CDC funded project. I am currently the Principal Investigator of this project which evaluates an automated telephony system for assessment of mental health disorders in the workplace. I have also been the PI of a methodology development grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for which I developed a qualitative research methods Manual [Download Manual PDF] and a first generation quantitative instrument, the Health Technology Questionnaire (HTQ) [Download HTQ PDF]. Both the Manual and the HTQ have been made available in this site to medical informatics researchers. The Manual will enable you to explore user experience of a health care technology in depth and detail. The HTQ, on the other hand, will provide you with a quantitative tool to help you understand various aspects of the interface. The HTQ explores non-use or underutilization (Section A), deals with user-friendliness and user satisfaction (Section B) as well as complex behavioral dimensions of use (Sections C and D). Information on the HTQ’s psychometric properties will be made available to interested researchers upon request.

Amy Rubin, Ph.D.

Research Assistant<br /> Professor
Research Assistant
Professor

Office: Crosstown Center

 

 

Lisa Quintiliani, PhD

Lisa Quintiliani

Assistant Professor of Medicine

I am a Registered Dietitian with expertise in behavioral science and medical informatics at Boston University School of Medicine. My knowledge and skills in designing (using qualitative methods) and evaluating health promotion interventions across a variety of behaviors with and without the use of information technology is exemplified in the peer-reviewed publications and research support. I have worked with populations facing health disparities, in particular blue-collar workers and non-traditional college students (who are more likely to be from lower-income families and be from racial/ethnic minority groups compared to traditional college students). My goal is to effectively design, implement, and evaluate computer-assisted approaches for behavioral risk reduction for the primary prevention of chronic diseases in multiple populations that face health disparities, in particular racial/ethnic minority groups.


 

Current Fellows

Valmeek Kudesia, M.D.

Donald Misquitta, M.D.

Past Fellows

Julia Braverman, Ph.D.

NLM Medical Informatics Fellow

NLM Medical Informatics Fellow

Undergraduate School: Tel-Aviv University
Graduate School: MIT-Harvard, MS degree in Biomedical Informatics
Graduate School: Northeastern University, PhD in Social Psychology
Fellowship: Boston University Medical Center (Currently a postdoctoral fellow in medical informatics in the Division of Clinical Informatics of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.)

Research interests: My background is social psychology, specifically social cognition. I am interested in health communication and investigating various factors (including individual tailoring) that influence motivation,compliance and information elaboration. In general, in my research work my goal is to apply psychological theories to facilitate patients’ compliance and motivation and to promote behavioral changes. I am designing and programming online experiments to investigate effective ways to exploit computer technologies for health behavioral interventions and facilitating doctor-patient interaction. One of the current projects is developing an interactive web-page for pediatric nephrology consultation for Russia.

Other interests: I am interested in computer science,specifically, Object Oriented Programming Java and PHP languages and programming web-based experiments.

Penelope Cuevas, M.D.

NLM Medical Informatics Fellow

NLM Medical Informatics Fellow

Undergraduate School: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Medical School: Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Fellowship: Boston University Medical Center (2007 – current)
Graduate School: MIT-Harvard, MS degree candidate in Biomedical Informatics

Office: 560 Harrison Ave.

Stephen Fitzmeyer, M.D.


NRSA Research Fellow

NRSA Research Fellow

Undergraduate School: Harvard University Extension School
Medical School: St. Christopher’s College of Medicine, Luton, England
Fellowship: Boston University Medical Center (2008 – current)

Office: 560 Harrison Ave.

Staff

Abu S Abdullah MB.BS (MD), MPH., PhD., FFPH (UK)

Jari Georgia

Fiscal Manager

Office: 560 Harrison Ave.

Annemarie Haselgrove

Script Manager

Office: Crosstown Center

Erin Cunniff

Project Manager

Office: Crosstown Center

Haakon Chevalier

Technical Programmer

Office: Crosstown Center

Danielle McCloskey

Project Manager

Office: Crosstown Center

Jill Davis

Project Manager

Office: Crosstown Center

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March 6, 2012
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