Principal Investigator 

Roumie_0.jpgChristianne Roumie, MD, MPH

Professor, Internal Medicine & Pediatrics
Deputy Director, VA TVHS Quality Scholars Program
Director, Master of Public Health Program, Vanderbilt University

Dr. Roumie’s area of research has been the design and execution of interventions to improve cardiovascular risk factors among patients and ultimately lead to decreases in cardiovascular morbidity. Her work is focused at the intersection of clinical epidemiology, patient outcomes, and dissemination science among patients with hypertension, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. A major focus of her work has been the development and implementation of a research portfolio that evaluates appropriate medication utilization as a barrier to optimal patient outcomes, and as risk factors for cardiovascular disease. A teacher and mentor, Dr. Roumie provides mentorship to fellows training in quality improvement and health services research, serving as a primary mentor to junior faculty and fellows in multiple disciplines, including medicine, surgery, and pediatrics. In 2019, she was presented with the Grant Liddle Award in Research Mentorship. 


Program Director

Dr-Carlos-Grijalva.jpgCarlos G. Grijalva, MD, MPH

Professor, Department of Health Policy, Division of Pharmacoepidemiology
Co-Director, Vanderbilt's Developing Evidence to Inform Decisions about Effectiveness (DEcIDE) 

Dr. Grijalva’s research interests include the study of acute respiratory infections, the evaluation of medications and vaccines’ safety and effectiveness, and mother-child health. He is experienced in the conduct of observational studies of influenza, pneumococcal infections, SARS-CoV-2, pneumonia, infection transmission, vaccine effectiveness and the impact of medications on mother-child health. Dr. Grijalva also maintains an active portfolio of teaching and mentoring activities. He serves as the Course Director for Epidemiology I, Protocol Development and Thesis Research in the Vanderbilt Master of Public Health (MPH) program. He is the Principal Investigator for a NIH K24 grant that supports mentoring on transmission of viral infections in households. Dr. Grijalva was elected into the Vanderbilt Academy for Excellence in Education and Mentorship in 2018,  received the Vanderbilt University John S. Sergent Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2019 and Marie Griffin Award for Excellence in Mentoring from the the MPH program.  


Executive Committee 


Sunil Kripalani, MD, MSc, SFHM, FACP

Professor of Medicine
Director, Center for Clinical Quality and Implementation Research 
Director, Center for Health Services Research

Dr. Kripalani is the founding Director of the Center for Clinical Quality and Implementation Research. He has developed, implemented, and evaluated numerous interventions to improve the quality, safety, value, and patient-centeredness of health care delivery, with a focus on health communication, social determinants of health, medication management, and transitions of care. He has experience in the development of evidence-based toolkits, mentored implementation programs, mixed-methods evaluation of interventions in clinical practice, and de-implementation of wasteful practices.


Rothman Russell L-3305.jpg

Russell Rothman, MD, MPP

Ingram Chair in Integrative and Population Health
Senior Vice President, Population and Public Health 
Director, Institute for Medicine and Public Health
Professor, Internal Medicine and Pediatric and Health Policy

As Director of the Institute for Medicine and Public Health, Dr. Rothman oversees an Institute that engages more than 292 faculty members involved in health services research, implementation science, behavioral research, health disparities research, quality improvement research and other areas aimed at improving health outcomes. He currently serves as the Principal Investigator of the PCORI funded STAR Clinical Research Network, which includes electronic health record data on over 12 million patients and supports pragmatic clinical research and real world evidence research. Dr. Rothman also led the CMS funded Mid-South Practice Transformation Network, which engaged over 4,000 clinicians in quality improvement in the Mid-South region. His current research focuses on preventing, managing, and improving care for adult and pediatric patients with chronic diseases, with particular focus on health literacy and numeracy in patients with diabetes and obesity.


David Stevenson, PhD

Professor and Chair, Health Policy 
Vice Chair for Education, Health Policy
Director, Health Policy Track, Master of Public Health Program

Dr. Stevenson’s primary research interests are long-term care and end of life care. His previous work has focused on a broad range of topics in these areas, including the evolution of Medicare’s hospice benefit, end-of-life care for Medicare Advantage enrollees, long-term-care financing options for the future, and the impact of Medicare Part D in the nursing home pharmacy sector. He has worked in various research and policy settings, including the U.S. Public Health Service, the University of Washington School of Public Health, the Urban Institute, the Visiting Nurse Service of New York, and Medstat. Dr. Stevenson maintains a strong focus on educational activities, including mentorship and teaching to medical students, residents, and fellows.  He is Vice-Chair for Education in his department, serves as Health Policy track director in Vanderbilt’s MPH program, and is Co-Chair of the MD admissions committee at Vanderbilt.  Dr. Stevenson is also the inaugural holder of an endowed Directorship in Health Policy Education. 

Internal Advisory Committee

Robert Dittus, MD MPH (Chair), Albert and Bernard Werthan Chair and Professor in Medicine, Executive Vice President, Public Health and Health Care, VUMC

Katherine Hartmann, MD, PhD Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Professor of Medicine, Associate Dean for Clinical and Translational Scientist Development, Lucius E. Burch Chair of Reproductive Physiology and Family Planning

David Posch, MS Executive Vice President for Population Health with responsibility over the Vanderbilt Health Affiliated Network, immediate past CEO for Vanderbilt University Hospital and Clinics

Gordon Bernard, MD Melinda Owen Bass Professor of Medicine, Associate Vice-Chancellor for Research, Senior Associate Dean for Clinical Science, PI Vanderbilt CTSA, PI CTSA Consortium Coordinating Center

Kimryn Rathmell, MD PhD Chair and Physician-in-Chief, Department of Medicine, Hugh J. Morgan Professor of Medicine and Pharmacology

Melinda Buntin, PhD Mike Curb Chair of Health Policy, University Distinguished Professor of Health Policy and Medicine, Health & Society

David Penson, MD MPH MMHC Hamilton and Howd Chair of Urologic Oncology, Chair of Urologic Surgery, Professor of Urologic Surgery, Medicine and Health Policy and Director of the Center for Surgical Quality and Outcomes Research

External Advisory Committee

Victor Montori, MD (Mayo Clinic)

Hayden Bosworth, PhD (Duke University Medical Center)

Patricia Patrician, PhD (University of Alabama Birmingham)

Kecia Carroll, MD MPH (Mt. Sinai Medical Center)

Abel Kho, MD MS (Northwestern University)

Andrea Borondy Kitts, MS MPH (Patient representative)