Under Secretary's Award in Health Services Research
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Morris Weinberger, PhD, renowned health services researcher, esteemed mentor, and exceptional VA leader is the recipient of the 2003 Under Secretary's Award for Outstanding Achievement in Health Services Research. This award recognizes a VA researcher whose work has led to major improvements in the quality of veteran's health care, has made key contributions to the future of HSR&D through excellence in training and mentorship, and has enhanced the visibility and reputation of VA research through national leadership.
Dr. Weinberger's impressive career has focused largely on innovative work in disease management and geriatrics, as well as clinical trials in health services research. He has conducted groundbreaking research in telephone-based interventions and primary care strategies to reduce hospital utilization. He has focused his work on conditions of particular importance to veterans, including disabling arthritis, diabetes, and depression.
A rigorous methodologist, Dr. Weinberger continues to address critical technical questions as he seeks to evaluate interventions in venues which many researchers would find too challenging (as exemplified by his truly innovative work involving community drug stores). He has been involved in landmark cooperative studies, merging traditional clinical trials and health services research. One of his most important contributions, and his most widely recognized and notable study, found that increasing veterans' access to primary care did not necessarily reduce subsequent hospitalizations. This work has challenged assumptions about the effect of increasing access to primary care among chronically ill patients with complex medical problems.
In the health services research community, Dr. Weinberger is an esteemed national and international leader, as well as a valued teacher and advisor. In all aspects of his career, he has excelled and, in doing so, has greatly contributed to VA's mission of providing the highest quality health care to veterans.