Annual Health Services Research Colloquium

Accelerating our Impact on Health:
Methods, Strategies, and Opportunities

Monday, May 11, 2020│Fisher Banquet Hall, Mission Bay Conference Center

The Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies, along with our co-sponsors,
invite you to our 1st annual health services research colloquium!

The Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies, along with our co-sponsors (listed below), invite you to our first annual health services research colloquium on Monday, May 11, 2020 at the UCSF Mission Bay Conference Center. UCSF has had a long history of successful health services and health policy researchers who have helped to improve the health care delivery system and health and well-being overall. This event will bring together faculty, trainees, students, and postdocs to explore the latest developments and innovations in health services research. The goal of the colloquium is to build community among health services and health policy researchers across disciplines and across units, schools, and campus sites.

This event will feature keynote speaker, Lisa Simpson, MB, BCh, M.P.H., FAAP, President and CEO of AcademyHealth. She will deliver her keynote address on “The Future of Health Services Research.” The colloquium will include moderated panel sessions, poster sessions and networking opportunities throughout the day. Following closing remarks, attendees can interact with speakers and view posters during the reception. As health services research encompasses many different areas, we ask that you indicate in your registration which over-arching area you are most aligned with during be seated at a networking table that will be of most interest to you.

  • Digital Technologies, Data and Analysis
  • Patient-Focused Research (including; patient-centered research; women's health; public and oral health; social determinants and social needs; mental health and substance abuse; disparities and health equity; child and family health; aging, disability and end of life; addressing consumers and patients preferences and needs)
  • Value-Focused Research (including; payment and delivery systems innovations; measuring safety, quality and value; improving safety, quality and value; high cost, high need populations; Medicare)
  • System Focused Research (including; methods; organizational behavior and management; global health and policy; dissemination, implementation and impact; coverage, access and Medicaid; health workforce)


9:00am - 9:30 am - Registration & Refreshments


9:30am - 9:45am - Opening Remarks 

  • Claire Brindis, Dr. P.H., is Professor of Pediatrics and and Health Policy, Department of Pediatrics and the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Health Sciences, Director of the Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies (IHPS) and holds the Caldwell B. Esselstyn Chair in Health Policy. Dr. Brindis is also Co-Director of the Adolescent and Young Adult Health National Resource Center. She is also a Founding Director of the Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences and IHPS, UCSF.
  • George Sawaya, MD, is Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences and Epidemiology & Biostatistics and the Director of the UCSF Center for Healthcare Value.

9:45am - 11:00am - Keynote Address: The Future of Health Services Research


Lisa Simpson, MB, BCh, M.P.H., FAAP, President and CEO of AcademyHealth.

11:00am - 11:15am – Networking Break

11:15am - 12:15pm - Session 1 (Lightning Talks): The Future is Now – HSR, Big Data and other HSR Research Underway  


Moderator: Kathryn Phillips, Ph.D., Director, Center for Translational and Policy Research on Personalized Medicine (TRANSPERS).

12:15pm – 1:00pm – Networking Lunch (tables with variety of HSR experts)


1:00pm - 2:00pm - Session 2: Creating an Equitable Healthcare System: HSR
and Social Determinants of Health




Moderator:  Kevin Grumbach, MD, Founding Director of Center for Excellence in Primary Care, the Hellman Endowed Professor of Family and Community Medicine and UCSF Chair of the Department of Family and Community Medicine, Co-Director of the Community Engagement and Health Policy Program for the UCSF Clinical and Translational Science Institute, and Vice President for Population Health for the UCSF Health system.

2:00pm – 3:00pm -  Session 3: HSR and Patient-Centered Care/Learning Health Systems


Interactive Panel


Moderator:  Andy Auerbach, MD MPH, Professor of Medicine in the UCSF Division of Hospital Medicine, Chair of the Clinical Content Oversight Committee for UCSF Health.


3:00 – 3:15 – Networking Break


3:15 – 4:15 - Improving Healthcare for All: Beyond the 2020 Election


Speaker: Sara Rosenbaum, J.D.

Sara Rosenbaum J.D. is the Harold and Jane Hirsh Professor of Health Law and Policy and Founding Chair of the Department of Health Policy at the Milken Institute School of Public Health, George Washington University.


Moderator: Susan Dentzer

Susan Dentzer is the Senior Policy Fellow for the Robert J. Margolis Center for Health Policy at Duke University.  Based in Washington, DC, where the center’s research team is located, she focuses on health system transformation, biopharmaceutical policy, and other key health policy issues.  Dentzer is one of the nation's most respected health and health policy thought leaders and a frequent speaker and commentator on television and radio, including PBS and NPR, and an author of commentaries and analyses in print publications such as Modern Healthcare.


  • Andy Bindman, MD, is a professor of medicine, epidemiology & biostatistics, and a core faculty member within the Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies at the University of California, San Francisco. He was a health policy fellow on the staff of the US House Energy and Commerce Committee where he contributed to the drafting of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). He worked for several years to implement the ACA as a senior adviser within the US Department of Health and Human Services and as the Director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. He currently serves as the co-editor in chief of the journal, Health Services Research.
  • Josh Adler, MD, is a practicing internist and executive vice president for physician services at UCSF Health.  In his role as executive vice president, Adler's responsibilities include overseeing the quality, safety and coordination of patient care across the entire UCSF Health system as well as overseeing the management of its physicians. He also oversees population health, clinical resource management, regulatory compliance, medical staff affairs, clinical innovation and risk management.
  • Meg Durbin, MD, is the Chief Medical Officer at Canopy Health. She has nearly 20 years of experience working with the Palo Alto Medical Foundation, a Sutter Health affiliate, where she served as vice president for care co-ordination and regional medical director of managed care. 

4:15pm - 4:30pm - Closing Remarks - Claire Brindis, Dr. P.H.


4:30pm - 5:30pm - Guided Poster Session and Reception



School of Medicine                          School of Nursing
School of Dentistry                          School of Pharmacy


Department of Anesthesia and Perioperative Care
Department of Anthropology, History and Social Medicine

Department of Dermatology
Department of Emergency Medicine
Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Department of Family and Community Medicine
Department of Medicine
Department of Neurology
Department of Neurological Surgery
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Department of Ophthalmology
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
Department of Pediatrics

Department of Psychiatry
Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging
Department of Surgery
Department of Urology

AIDS Research Institute
Bakar Computational Health Sciences Institute 
Center for Health and Community

Center for Healthcare Value
Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center 

Institute for Health and Aging


Dr. Lisa Simpson has been the President and Chief Executive Officer of AcademyHealth since 2011. A nationally recognized health policy researcher and pediatrician, she is a passionate advocate for the translation of research into policy and practice. Her research, and over 90 articles and commentaries in peer reviewed journals, focuses on the role of evidence and data to improve health and healthcare, particularly for children and vulnerable populations. Before joining AcademyHealth, Dr. Simpson spent eight years as a professor of pediatrics, first as an Endowed Chair in Child Health Policy at the University of South Florida and then as the Director of the Child Policy Research Center at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and the University of Cincinnati. She served as the Deputy Director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality from 1996 to 2002. Dr. Simpson serves on the Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Scholars Program National Advisory Council, the Board of Directors of the Institute for Accountable Care, and the Editorial boards for the Journal of Comparative Effectiveness Research and Healthcare: The Journal of Delivery Science and Innovation. In October 2013, Dr. Simpson was elected to the National Academy of Medicine (formerly the Institute of Medicine). Dr. Simpson earned her undergraduate and medical degrees at Trinity College (Dublin, Ireland), a master’s in public health at the University of Hawaii, and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in health services research and health policy at the University of California, San Francisco. She was awarded an honorary Doctor of Science degree by the Georgetown University School of Nursing and Health Studies in 2013. Dr. Simpson's areas of expertise include translating research into policy; quality and safety of health care; health and health care disparities; childhood obesity; and child health services.


DEADLINE: Monday, April 6, 2020 - 11:59 PM PST

We invite you to present at our annual health services research colloquium! We are now accepting abstracts focused in health services research which will be reviewed and selected to present during our poster sessions. All UCSF faculty and trainees (past and current) are highly encouraged to submit an abstract describing their projects and associated research.

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