Our Work | VA Outcomes

Our Work


Critically Evaluate the Effectiveness of Health Care

  • Promise and pitfalls of screening and the detection of incedentalomas (Welch, Sirovich, Davies, Drescher)
  • Examining how physicians make management decisions (Sirovich)
  • Measuring Variation in Surgical Care (Goodney)
  • Health Care and the Media (Larson)
  • Evaluating how rational cancer surveillance practices are (Schroeck)

Advance the Knowledge Needed to Improve Health

  • Screening for Colon Cancer:  The CONFIRM Trial (Robertson)
  • Epidemiology of, screening for, and strategies to addresss GI Malignancies (Pohl)
  • Aligning risks with treatment choices in cancer (Davies, Welch, Schroeck)
  • Decision support for patients facing difficult health care decisions (Davies, Goodney, Henderson)
  • Clinical Trials for novel care strategies in hospital medicine (Lucas)
  • Patterns of medication use – helping patients make the best choices (Munson)

Train the Next Generation of Clinician Investigators

  • VA Quality Scholars Fellowship Program
  • Junior Faculty Development
  • Mentorship of Clinical Fellows (GI) and residents (ENT)
  • Educate Geisel and TDI students in the classroom and on research projects



  • Nourish Healthy Skepticism


  • Cultivate Clear and Concise Communication

We hold a weekly, multidisciplinary, 2 hour meeting every Thursday for review of our ongoing projects.  We use this forum to provide guidance and feedback to our colleagues and trainees, as we develop research ideas, manuscripts, and funding applications.  We value clarity in communication, and collectively strive to find the best ways to help patients make the best treatment decisions.

  • Thrive on Diverse Perspectives

Our group is unique in its multidisciplinary setting. This ensures that our prose, our analytic plans, our study interpretations – all have clarity both within and across ones’ own specialty. Moreover, our ability to “think outside the lines” in devising new research approaches lets us learn from each other, and accelerates our research in ways only a multidisciplinary approach can provide.

  • Are Hard on Ideas, not on People

We recognize the inherent need for mentorship at every level of career development. From senior researchers to fellows-in-training, we have established, successful systems for research funding, especially in VA and NIH Career Development Awards. We integrate support for these efforts with faculty partnerships in their development. Our long history of success speaks to the effectiveness of our model, as nearly every faculty member in our group has held or mentored these types of awards.