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June 24, 2015

HSR&D Investigator Receives John Eisenberg Excellence in Mentorship Award

James F. Burgess, Jr., PhD

James F. Burgess, Jr., PhD

James F. Burgess, Jr., PhD, Senior Investigator with HSR&D's Center for Healthcare Organization and Implementation Research (CHOIR), received the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) 2015 John Eisenberg Award for Excellence in Mentorship at the AHRQ T32 meeting that was held on June 13 in conjunction with the AcademyHealth 2015 Annual Research Meeting, which was held June 14-16, 2015 in Minneapolis, MN.

Dr. Burgess is a health economist with more than 25 years of extensive healthcare management, research, and educational experience putting health services research into practice in diverse transdisciplinary settings. A key organizing principle of his research is balancing cost, quality, and access in health. In addition to his role with CHOIR, he co-directs VA's Office of Academic Affairs Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Health Services Research and is Director of the Health Economics Program at Boston University. Dr. Burgess also mentors dozens of health services researchers around the world, at various stages in their careers, with a focus on developing and honing transdisciplinary engagement with the complexities of health care systems.

The Eisenberg Award honors Dr. John Eisenberg, who served as Director of AHRQ from 1997-2002. Dr. Eisenberg dedicated his professional career to the conduct and use of evidence-based research in health care decision-making at the policy, practice, and management levels, and was one of the strongest advocates of support for health services research training and career development.

AcademyHealth is the leading professional organization for health services researchers, policy analysts, and practitioners, and is a non-partisan informational resource for health services research and policy. Recognition of VA research across multiple areas at this high-profile meeting reflects positively on VA's research mission, and is of importance in disseminating valuable lessons learned via research conducted within the nation's largest integrated healthcare system.

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