The Vanderbilt Center for Health Services Research was formally created in 2000. Dr. Russell Rothman is the current Director. The Center currently includes over 170 faculty and 100 support staff engaged in over $50 million in annual funded research. The Center has an overall program emphasis on improving healthcare outcomes. Faculty represent diverse disciplines including clinical medicine, nursing, public health, social sciences, management sciences, and the humanities. Key research foci of the Center include: clinical epidemiology and outcomes research, clinical improvement and quality research, clinical economics and decision science, health promotion and disease management, behavioral health, comparative effectiveness research, community health and health policy. The Center can provide core services related to implementation sciences and quality improvement, database management and evaluation, qualitative research, health communication, health behavior measurement and intervention, and community engagement.
Comprising over 40,000 square feet of space on the sixth floor of Medical Center East, the VA Medical Center, and 2525 West End, the space provides the ideal environment within which research can flourish. The Center houses a portion of the HSR faculty and their affiliated research staff. Large conference rooms hold research seminars, journal clubs, and work-in-progress meetings. Smaller conference rooms are designed for small group research meetings. Break rooms provide an opportunity for investigators to gather over lunch and discuss their work. All offices are connected to the central information center providing quick access to the Internet, library resources, and electronic mail system. A central computer server is supported within the center, as are evaluation scientists, programmers and administrative support.