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May 3, 2021

HSR&D Investigator Receives Health Services Research Article of the Year Award

Donna Zulman, MD, MS Donna Zulman, MD, MS

Donna Zulman, MD, MS, investigator with the HSR&D Center for Innovation to Implementation—along with her co-author Noah Rosenberg, PhD, Stanford University’s Department of Biology—received the James V. Burgess Methods Article of the Year Award from the journal Health Services Research. Drs. Zulman and Rosenberg received the award for their article “Measures of Care Fragmentation: Mathematical Insights from Population Genetics,” which describes research to identify novel properties of healthcare fragmentation measures, drawing on insights from mathematically equivalent measures of genetic diversity. Based on their findings, Drs. Zulman and Rosenberg concluded that “applying knowledge from population genetics elucidated relationships between care fragmentation measures and produced novel insights for care fragmentation studies.”

Dr. Zulman was a VA HSR&D Career Development Award (CDA) recipient from 2013-2018, and her CDA work focused on healthcare delivery interventions for Veterans with complex medical needs. Her current research targets improving healthcare delivery for patients with multiple chronic conditions and complex medical and social needs, as well as optimizing health-related technology to personalize care, and improving outcomes for high-risk patients. She is one of the principal investigators of the HSR&D Virtual Care Consortium of Research and directs the Quality Enhancement Research Initiative (QUERI) evaluation project Enhancing Veterans’ Access to Care through Video Telehealth Tablets.

Health Services Research (HSR) is an official journal of AcademyHealth and publishes the findings of original investigations that expand understanding of the wide-ranging field of healthcare and help improve the health of individuals and communities. The James V. Burgess Methods Article of the Year award was established to honor the legacy of Professor James V. Burgess, who was a Senior Associate editor of HSR and a founding member of VA HSR&D’s Center for Healthcare Organization and Implementation Research. Dr. Burgess had a long career as a health economist, making seminal contributions across a wide array of health economics topics, most notably in the measurement of healthcare quality and cost.

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