Claudia A. Steiner, MD, MPH, is the new (March 2017) Executive Director of the Institute for Health Research (IHR), Kaiser Permanente Colorado. She oversees an integrated department that conducts, publishes, and disseminates epidemiologic, behavioral, health services, implementation and clinical research. The IHR also hosts a vibrant clinical trials program, and a robust community evaluation team. Research findings are translated into practice to improve the health of Kaiser Permanente members and the broader Colorado community, and to inform health care delivery and public policy nationally. The IHR has 15 full-time and over 20 affiliate MD, PhD, and PharmD Investigators, supported by over 80 research staff including project managers, research specialists, research assistants, statisticians, analysts, programmers, as well as tumor registers, finance and administrative staff.
Dr. Steiner earned her medical degree and completed residency training in Internal Medicine at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center (now the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus). Subsequently, she obtained a Masters of Public Health at the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health (now the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health) while completing a research fellowship through the Department of Medicine at Johns Hopkins University.
Dr. Steiner most recently served as Director for the Division of Healthcare Delivery Data, Measures and Research, in the Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets within the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). There she led the division’s development and dissemination of data and software tools for use in research, policy analysis, quality improvement, and public reporting, with a particular focus on Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) and the AHRQ Quality Indicators. She conducted research in the areas of the influence of ambulatory surgery on standards of care, utilization, and clinical outcomes; the epidemiology of infectious diseases, including healthcare associated infections; the prevalence and factors associated with readmissions to the acute care setting; and the use and impact of new medical technologies. She was a practicing internal medicine physician for 25 years with the Johns Hopkins Community Physicians, and will continue to serve as a practicing internist with the Colorado Permanente Medical Group (CPMG).
Julie James is the Director of Research Administration at the Institute for Health Research. Prior to joining the IHR in 2012, Ms. James held the position of Director of Sponsored Projects Administration at Denver Health. As a research administrator, her work has focused on general research administration, finance, and electronic research administration applications. She has over 20 years of experience in the health care industry and in earlier work provided management consulting and process improvement to numerous leading medical institutions.
Ella Lyons, MS, is the Director of Research Operations at the Institute for Health Research (IHR). Over the course of her tenure with KPCO, she has served as the biostatistician on studies resulting in more than 20 publications related to a variety of topics including asthma, drug and laboratory monitoring, mental health, and cardiovascular and infectious diseases. Since moving into the director position 2 years ago her focus has been on data quality and infrastructure, analytics and statistics, project support, and clinical trials; in addition, she serves as the IHR liaison to KPCO's Information Technology Department. A key component of Ms. Lyons' work is to discover and implement means of conducting more innovative and efficient research.