Hillary J. Mull, PhD, MPP, is a Research Investigator with the Center for Healthcare Organization and Implementation Research (CHOIR) at the VA Boston Healthcare System and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Surgery at Boston University School of Medicine. She works primarily on health care quality measurement and patient safety and is certified in health informatics by the American Medical Informatics Association.
Dr. Mull’s research interests include: adverse event detection, quality and outcomes in surgery, and antimicrobial prophylaxis for surgical site infections. She uses data mining techniques to detect adverse events in understudied areas, including outpatient surgery and invasive non-surgical procedures. Her publications reflect her expertise in adverse event surveillance, statistical modeling, provider interviews and qualitative research methods, and the use of consensus tools to synthesize provider opinion.
She is the lead investigator on a VA HSR&D IIR (equivalent of an NIH R01) project that is developing adverse event surveillance tools for invasive non-surgical procedures. She also collaborates on multiple projects ranging from implementation of a surveillance system for cardiac device complications to developing natural language processing tools to identify PTSD treatment pathways in the VA.
Dr. Mull was awarded a VA VISN 1 Career Development Award (CDA) to examine outpatient surgery followed by a VA Health Services Research and Development (HSRD) CDA in 2014 to develop and validate an adverse event surveillance model for outpatient surgery. As of 2020, this tool has been adapted and implemented for adverse event surveillance in one VA ambulatory surgical center, with plans to deploy nationally.
She earned her PhD in health services research from Boston University School of Public Health, and her Masters in Public Policy from the Gerald Ford School at the University of Michigan.
- VA Boston Healthcare System
- Boston University, PhD
- University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, MPP
- University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, BA
- Published on 9/1/2020
Mull HJ, Stolzmann KL, Shin MH, Kalver E, Schweizer ML, Branch-Elliman W. Novel Method to Flag Cardiac Implantable Device Infections by Integrating Text Mining With Structured Data in the Veterans Health Administration's Electronic Medical Record. JAMA Netw Open. 2020 Sep 01; 3(9):e2012264. PMID: 32955571.
- Published on 3/24/2020
Asundi A, Stanislawski M, Mehta P, Mull HJ, Schweizer ML, Barón AE, Ho PM, Gupta K, Branch-Elliman W. Development and Validation of a Semi-Automated Surveillance Algorithm for Cardiac Device Infections: Insights from the VA CART program. Sci Rep. 2020 03 24; 10(1):5276. PMID: 32210289.
- Published on 1/30/2020
Mull HJ, Stolzmann K, Kalver E, Shin MH, Schweizer ML, Asundi A, Mehta P, Stanislawski M, Branch-Elliman W. Novel methodology to measure pre-procedure antimicrobial prophylaxis: integrating text searches with structured data from the Veterans Health Administration's electronic medical record. BMC Med Inform Decis Mak. 2020 01 30; 20(1):15. PMID: 32000780.
- Published on 10/1/2019
Mull HJ, Rosen AK, Charns MP, O'Brien WJ, Hawn MT, Itani KMF, Pizer SD. Emergency Department Use After Outpatient Surgery Among Dually Enrolled VA and Medicare Patients. Qual Manag Health Care. 2019 Oct/Dec; 28(4):191-199. PMID: 31567842.
- Published on 8/20/2019
Linsenmeyer K, Branch-Elliman W, Kalver E, Mull HJ. Surgical site infections in outpatient surgeries: Less invasive procedures contribute substantially to the overall burden. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2019 10; 40(10):1191-1193. PMID: 31426875.
- Published on 6/4/2019
Asundi A, Stanislawski M, Mehta P, Baron AE, Mull HJ, Ho PM, Zimetbaum PJ, Gupta K, Branch-Elliman W. Real-world effectiveness of infection prevention interventions for reducing procedure-related cardiac device infections: Insights from the veterans affairs clinical assessment reporting and tracking program. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2019 08; 40(8):855-862. PMID: 31159895.
- Published on 4/5/2019
Graham LA, Mull HJ, Wagner TH, Morris MS, Rosen AK, Richman JS, Whittle J, Burns E, Copeland LA, Itani KMF, Hawn MT. Comparison of a Potential Hospital Quality Metric With Existing Metrics for Surgical Quality-Associated Readmission. JAMA Netw Open. 2019 04 05; 2(4):e191313. PMID: 31002316.
- Published on 3/6/2019
Branch-Elliman W, Pizer SD, Dasinger EA, Gold HS, Abdulkerim H, Rosen AK, Charns MP, Hawn MT, Itani KMF, Mull HJ. Facility type and surgical specialty are associated with suboptimal surgical antimicrobial prophylaxis practice patterns: a multi-center, retrospective cohort study. Antimicrob Resist Infect Control. 2019; 8:49. PMID: 30886702.
- Published on 2/28/2019
Dasinger EA, Graham LA, Wahl TS, Richman JS, Baker SJ, Hawn MT, Hernandez-Boussard T, Rosen AK, Mull HJ, Copeland LA, Whittle JC, Burns EA, Morris MS. Preoperative opioid use and postoperative pain associated with surgical readmissions. Am J Surg. 2019 11; 218(5):828-835. PMID: 30879796.
- Published on 1/4/2019
Dasinger EA, Branch-Elliman W, Pizer SD, Abdulkerim H, Rosen AK, Charns MP, Hawn MT, Itani KMF, Mull HJ. Association between postoperative opioid use and outpatient surgical adverse events. Am J Surg. 2019 04; 217(4):605-612. PMID: 30639132.
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