Symposium 2024



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2024 Vanderbilt Symposium on Implementation Research in the Learning Health System

May 14, 2024

This in-person event provides a forum for research, clinical, and operational departments to gain insights, practical knowledge, and connections in conducting research that is integrated into clinical care to transform health care delivery and improve patient outcomes. The agenda features a nationally recognized, external keynote speaker in learning health systems and poster and panel sessions that showcase local projects in implementation science, quality improvement research, and embedded research in the learning health system.

See below for a detailed symposium schedule.

Register to attend the symposium here:

Symposium registration deadline: April 30, 2024

Questions? Email us at

Call for Poster Submissions!

Share your research with the Vanderbilt learning health systems community at the symposium poster session. Cash prizes for poster award winners! Submission instructions and poster guidelines are located below. An abstract is not needed for poster registration.

Register your poster submission here:

Poster registration deadline: April 19, 2024




Vanderbilt Engineering and Science Building

Poster Session: upstairs main lobby

Keynote Presentation and Panel Sessions: basement room 044/048

1212 25th Ave S., at the corner of 25th Ave and Garland | Map

Walking Directions and Parking Information


Symposium Schedule



Keynote Speaker


Revolutionizing Healthcare – Pragmatic Trials and Implementation Science: A Collaborative Approach to Health System Improvement

Hayden Bosworth, PhD
Vice-Chair, Research & Professor in Population Health Sciences
Professor in Medicine and Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Duke University School of Medicine
Co-Chair, Implementation Science Core, NIH Pragmatic Trials Collaboratory


Time: 12:00 - 1:00 pm
Location: Vanderbilt Engineering and Science Building, Room 044/048

Dr. Bosworth is a health services researcher. His research interests comprise three overarching areas of research: 1) clinical research that provides knowledge for improving patients’ treatment adherence and self-management in chronic care; 2) translation research to improve access to quality care; and 3) eliminate health care disparities. Dr. Bosworth has expertise developing interventions to improve health behaviors related to hypertension, coronary artery disease, and depression, and has been developing and implementing tailored patient interventions to reduce the burden of other chronic diseases.



Panel Presentations

Multiple Choice: Performing Pragmatic Trials at Multiple Centers

1:00 - 2:00 PM
Vanderbilt Engineering and Science Building, Room 044/048


   Moderator: Russell Rothman, MD, MPP
   Professor, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, & Health Policy
   Ingram Chair in Integrative and Population Health
   Senior Vice President, Population and Public Health
   Associate Dean, Population Health Sciences
   Director, Institute for Medicine and Public Health

DIY Multicenter Pragmatic Trials: The ECMO Experience


   Speaker: Whitney Gannon, MSN, ACNP-BC
   Associate in Medicine
   Allergy, Pulmonary, and Critical Care Medicine

Tips for Stakeholder Engagement in Multicenter Pragmatic Clinical Trials


   Speaker: Rowena Dolor, MD, MSH
   Professor of Medicine
   Duke University School of Medicine

Overcoming Regulatory Hurdles in Conducting Multicenter Pragmatic Clinical Trials


   Speaker: Todd Rice, MD, MSc
   Professor of Medicine; Allergy, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine
   Vice President for Clinical Trials Innovation and Operations; VICTR
   Medical Director, Vanderbilt Human Research Protections Program


Tackling Clinical Challenges with Artificial Intelligence: Implementing Models into Practice

2:15 - 3:15 PM
Vanderbilt Engineering and Science Building, Room 044/048


   Moderator: Jonathan Wanderer, MD, MPhil
   Professor, Anesthesiology & Biomedical Informatics
   Associate Chief Medical Information Officer, HealthIT
   Medical Director, Perioperative Informatics
   Associate Medical Director, Preoperative Evaluation Center

Predicting Intraoperative Transfusion to Guide Type and Screen Ordering: Developing a Real Time Databricks Pipeline


   Speaker: Matthew Zapf, MD
   Assistant Professor
   Multispecialty Anesthesiology, Informatics Research Division

Implementation of a Predictive Model for Severe Hemorrhage Following Vaginal or Cesarean Delivery


   Speaker: Holly Ende, MD, MSACI
   Associate Professor and Division Chief, Obstetric Anesthesiology

Lessons from CLOT: Using Predictive Modeling to Improve Rates of Pediatric Blood Clots


   Speaker: Allison Wheeler, MD, MSCI
   Associate Professor, Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology & Pediatrics
   Associate Medical Director, Blood Bank and Coagulation Laboratory
   Research Director, Hemophilia Treatment Center



Poster Session Information

Call for Poster Submissions!

The poster presenter must attend the in-person poster session on May 14, 2024 from 10:00 – 11:30 am and be available to hang the poster between 9:00 am and 10:00 am. 

The in-person poster session will accept posters that present projects or topics in the following topic areas:

  • Implementation science
  • Quality improvement research
  • Embedded research in the learning health system

Please determine if your research project fits within these topic areas. We welcome both work-in-progress and completed work!
If you are unsure if your research project is a fit, please email Dr. Lyndsay Nelson at or Dr. Autumn Zuckerman at

Poster Registration

Please complete your poster registration by April 19th, 2024 11:59 PM CT at the following link:

Information needed for the registration form includes: project status, topic area, poster title, and author list. You do not need to enter an abstract.

You will also need to register to attend the symposium at the following link:

Poster Prizes

  • Cash prizes and trophies will be awarded to winning posters in the following categories: Best Work-in-Progress, Best Completed Work, People's Choice
  • Judges will determine winners for Best Work-in-Progress and Best Completed Work.
  • Posters will be judged based on the following criteria: Visual appeal, Clarity of content, Oral presentation of poster, Overall impact

Poster Preparation

  • Poster Size: Prepare poster to fit on a 4' H x 6' W poster board.  Recommended poster size is 36" H x 48" W. We are trying to keep poster sizes consistent across presenters; however, it is fine if you need to reuse a poster from another event with different size requirements.
  • Poster Format: The content should be visible from a 2-3' distance. Any arrangement is allowable but consider the new "better poster" format. To learn more about the "better poster" format, please check out the following resources: NPR Health Shots Article and YouTube Video.
  • Poster Printing: The VU BRET Office is an option.

If you have questions regarding the poster session, please contact the Poster Session Co-leads: Dr. Lyndsay Nelson: or Dr. Autumn Zuckerman at


Co-Lead: Lyndsay Nelson, PhD
Research Associate Professor
General Internal Medicine and Public Health
Assistant Director, Center for Clinical Quality and Implementation Research


Co-Lead: Autumn Zuckerman, PharmD
Director, Health Outcomes and Research
Specialty Pharmacy



Symposium Planning Committee

Thank you to the symposium planning committee for volunteering their time and diverse expertise in organizing this event!

  • Sunil Kripalani, MD, MSc (Chair)
  • Neesha Choma, MD, MPH
  • Cheryl Gatto, PhD, PMP
  • Jennifer Glenn, MSN, RN
  • Cathy Ivory, RN, PhD
  • Jay Morrison, MSN, RN
  • Lyndsay Nelson, PhD
  • Christianne Roumie, MD, MPH
  • Kevin Seitz, MD
  • Matt Semler, MD, MSCI
  • Derek Williams, MD, MPH
  • Adam Wright, PhD
  • Autumn Zuckerman, PharmD
  • Robyn Tamboli, PhD
  • Beverly Fetterman, BS


Updated 3/28/2024