Hillary J. Mull, PhD, MPP

Associate Professor, Surgery

Hillary Mull
617.638.8607
88 E. Newton St Newton Pavilion

Biography

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 Associate 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.

Other Positions

  • VA Boston Healthcare System

Education

  • Boston University School of Public Health, PhD
  • University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, MPP
  • University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, BA

Publications

  • Published on 4/25/2022

    Branch-Elliman W, Elwy AR, Lamkin RL, Shin M, Engle RL, Colborn K, Rove J, Pendergast J, Hederstedt K, Hawn M, Mull HJ. Assessing the sustainability of compliance with surgical site infection prophylaxis after discontinuation of mandatory active reporting: study protocol. Implement Sci Commun. 2022 Apr 25; 3(1):47. PMID: 35468871.

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  • Published on 4/21/2022

    Bovin MJ, Resnik J, Linsky AM, Stolzmann K, Mull HJ, Schnurr PP, Post EP, Pleasants EA, Miller CJ. Does screening for PTSD lead to VA mental health care? Identifying the spectrum of initial VA screening actions. Psychol Serv. 2022 Apr 21. PMID: 35446094.

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  • Published on 1/29/2022

    Branch-Elliman W, Lamkin R, Shin M, Mull HJ, Epshtein I, Golenbock S, Schweizer ML, Colborn K, Rove J, Strymish JM, Drekonja D, Rodriguez-Barradas MC, Xu TH, Elwy AR. Promoting de-implementation of inappropriate antimicrobial use in cardiac device procedures by expanding audit and feedback: protocol for hybrid III type effectiveness/implementation quasi-experimental study. Implement Sci. 2022 01 29; 17(1):12. PMID: 35093104.

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  • Published on 8/1/2021

    Wong ES, Done N, Zhao M, Woolley AB, Prentice JC, Mull HJ. Comparing total medical expenditure between patients receiving direct oral anticoagulants vs warfarin for the treatment of atrial fibrillation: evidence from VA-Medicare dual enrollees. J Manag Care Spec Pharm. 2021 Aug; 27(8):1056-1066. PMID: 34337995.

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  • Published on 4/2/2021

    Branch-Elliman W, Sturgeon D, Karchmer AW, Mull HJ. Association Between Diabetic Foot Infection Wound Culture Positivity and 1-Year Admission for Invasive Infection: A Multicenter Cohort Study. Open Forum Infect Dis. 2021 Jul; 8(7):ofab172. PMID: 34631923.

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  • Published on 4/1/2021

    Mull HJ, Rosen AK, Charns MP, Itani KMF, Rivard PE. Identifying Risks and Opportunities in Outpatient Surgical Patient Safety: A Qualitative Analysis of Veterans Health Administration Staff Perceptions. J Patient Saf. 2021 04 01; 17(3):e177-e185. PMID: 29112029.

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  • Published on 10/13/2020

    Mull HJ, Shin MH, Engle RL, Linsky AM, Kalver E, Lamkin R, Sullivan JL. Veterans Perceptions of Satisfaction and Convenience with Anticoagulants for Atrial Fibrillation: Warfarin versus Direct Oral Anticoagulants. Patient Prefer Adherence. 2020; 14:1911-1922. PMID: 33116435.

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  • 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 09 01; 3(9):e2012264. PMID: 32955571.

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  • Published on 3/24/2020

    Asundi A, Stanislawski M, Mehta P, Mull HJ, Schweizer ML, BarĂ³n 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.

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  • 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.

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