The VA Quality Scholars program is known for its robust research and quality improvement programs and close collaborations with Vanderbilt University and its vast array of resources. We leverage resources within our VA, across the VA nationally, and those available through our academic affiliate (Vanderbilt), including the Institute for Medicine and Public Health, the Center for Health Services Research, the Center for Clinical Quality and Implementation Research, the Center for Health Behavior and Health Education, the Department of Biomedical Informatics, the Vanderbilt Epidemiology Center, the Center for Surgical Quality and Outcomes Research, the Center for Quality Aging, the Schools of Management and Education, and the nationally recognized Precision Medicine Initiative and Population Health Initiative, among many others.
Current VA Quality Scholars
Morgan Clouse, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC
Dr. Clouse is a Postdoctoral Quality Improvement Fellow who received her DNP as a family nurse practitioner at Belmont University in Nashville in 2018. She is focusing on quality improvement and patient safety to improve healthcare for veterans. Her work focuses on addressing antimicrobial stewardship on a systemic level through behavioral interventions. Dr. Clouse currently practices as a nurse practitioner in the Infectious Disease Clinic at Tennessee Valley Healthcare System where she deals with complex infections and HIV focused care.
Gretchen Edwards, MD
Sarah Homann, MD
Dr. Homann is a board-certified internist and rheumatologist. She earned a Bachelor of Science from Louisiana State University in 2006 and completed medical school at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in 2010. She then completed her internal medicine residency and rheumatology fellowship at McGovern Medical School, formerly known as the University of Texas Health Sciences Center at Houston. She came to Nashville to participate in the VA Quality Scholars program at the Tennessee Valley Healthcare System, Nashville campus. She holds an adjunct position as an Instructor of Medicine in the Division of Rheumatology and Immunology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. She is interested in medication safety and preventive care in patients with rheumatologic disorders.
Caroline Lassen-Greene, PhD, MS
Caroline Lassen-Greene is a postdoctoral fellow in the VA Quality Scholars program. Her interests are in improved detection of cognitive impairment in aging populations, cognitive rehabilitation, and interdisciplinary care to promote quality of life in patients and caregivers. She completed a master’s degree in neuroscience at Tulane University and a doctorate in clinical psychology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, with an emphasis in health and rehabilitation psychology. She has broad experience in neuropsychological research through her work with the UAB Center for Translational Research on Aging and Mobility, Johns Hopkins Hospital Medical Psychology division, and the Critical Illness, Brain Dysfunction, and Survivorship (CIBS) center at VUMC.
Jennifer Robles, MD
Dr. Robles completed her Urologic Surgery residency at Washington University in Saint Louis in 2016 and came to Vanderbilt to join the VA Quality Scholars program and complete a fellowship in Endourology and Lap/Robotic Surgery. Her interests are in surgical quality improvement, particularly relating to benign urologic conditions, and harnessing informatics to improve the quality and efficiency of surgical care delivery.
Robin Mickelson PhD, RN
Dr. Mickelson plans to further her research applying human factors and cognitive systems engineering methods and theories in the home health setting to improve the performance and safety of patient medication management through the design and re-design of patient processes, environments, tools and technologies. A licensed registered nurse, Robin received her Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University School of Nursing in 2017 and holds a MS degree in Nursing Informatics from the University of Maryland, Baltimore. Robin has extensive experience in clinical informatics customizing and implementing electronic health records in the acute care setting. She has authored and co-authored multiple journal articles and presented at national informatics and human factors/ergonomics conferences on the topic of patient-centered work systems analysis and patient health technology design.
Jea Young Min, PharmD, MPH
Jea Young Min is currently a Research Instructor in the Department of Health Policy and a PhD candidate in Epidemiology at Vanderbilt University. She is also a first year VA Quality Scholar at the Tennessee Valley Healthcare System (TVHS) Nashville site. Dr. Min received her Pharm.D. from the University of Iowa in 2008 and her MPH from Emory University in 2010. Her primary research interests are in pharmacoepidemiology and medication safety. Her current work focuses on evaluating outcomes of antihyperglycemic drug therapy using data from a national cohort of veterans with type 2 diabetes.
Lucy B. Spalluto, MD
Dr. Spalluto is a board certified radiologist. Her clinical work focuses on breast imaging and pelvic and obstetric ultrasound. Dr. Spalluto is actively involved in patient centered research, faculty development, and teaching residents and medical students. She is currently involved in research projects designed to evaluate women’s perceptions of breast density reporting language and to engage community stakeholders in designing methods to increase screening mammography use in the local medically underserved populations. She serves on the American College of Radiology’s Commission on Patient- and Family-Centered Care and Commission on Women and Diversity. Dr. Spalluto holds an adjunct position as an Assistant Professor of Radiology and Radiological Sciences at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, TN.
Jennifer Lewis, MD
Dr. Lewis earned a Bachelor of Science from the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Sciences in 2004. She worked at the National Cancer Institute for two years in a core laboratory focused on antibody/protein purification and cancer assay development as part of the NIH Post-baccalaureate Intramural Research Training Award program. She earned a Master in Physiology and Biophysics from Georgetown University in 2007 and worked at the Cancer Project (a nonprofit focused on nutrition for cancer patients) as her master’s practicum. She graduated from the George Washington University School of Medicine in the research track in 2011 and completed her internal medicine internship and residency at Wake Forest University in 2014.