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Rapid Randomized Controlled Trial Lab Team

Members of NYU Langone’s Rapid Randomized Controlled Trial (RCT) Lab collaborate with frontline staff throughout the organization to improve care. They have expertise in qualitative and quantitative research, evaluation, and health systems improvement.

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Leora Horwitz, MD

Director, Center for Healthcare Innovation and Delivery Science
Professor, Departments of Population Health and Medicine

Dr. Horwitz is director of the Center for Healthcare Innovation and Delivery Science (CHIDS) at NYU Langone Health, director of the Division of Healthcare Delivery Science in the Department of Population Health at NYU Grossman School of Medicine, tenured professor in the Departments of Population Health and Medicine, and a practicing internist. Her work focuses on improving the safety and quality of healthcare delivery. She was named an Emerging Leader by the National Academy of Medicine and is an elected fellow of the American Society of Clinical Investigation. Dr. Horwitz received her undergraduate degree in social studies from Harvard University and her medical degree from Harvard Medical School. She then completed residency and chief residency in internal medicine at Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York and the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program at Yale University. Dr. Horwitz was on faculty at Yale for seven years before moving to NYU Langone in 2014.

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Holly Krelle, MPhil

Program Manager

Holly is the program manager for the Rapid RCT Lab. She’s a social researcher and evaluator by profession. She began her career in consultancy, before working for the U.K.’s National Health Service, and as the Prime Minister’s Principal Analyst on health and later Head of Health and Social Care Delivery in his COVID-19 Taskforce. Prior to starting this role, she was a Commonwealth Fund Harkness Fellow, based at NYU, and a senior fellow at the Health Foundation, the U.K.’s leading think tank. She holds an MPhil in applied biological anthropology from the University of Cambridge and a BA in human sciences from the University of Oxford. She is particularly interested in local, pragmatic, and creative research: how we can use a range of methodologies to quickly and helpfully support quality improvement. In her spare time she races bicycles, only occasionally crashing them.

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Simon A. Jones, PhD

Statistic Advisor

Simon A. Jones, PhD, is a professor in the Department of Population Health, Division of Healthcare Delivery Science, at NYU Grossman School of Medicine. Simon is the lead statistician in the Rapid RCT Lab. He has extensive experience in data analysis and health informatics to conduct research on health systems, studying how patients access health care, and healthcare quality and outcomes.

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William King

Data Analyst

William is a data analyst in the Rapid RCT Lab. He has a background in statistics and public health research, with previous experience in analysis of clinical trial data at Dova Pharmaceuticals, as well as in nutrition research at the University of North Carolina Nutrition and Obesity Research Center. He holds an MS in biostatistics from the Gillings School of Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a BA in Chinese with a minor in mathematics from the College of William and Mary. Before moving to New York, he spent nine years working and studying in China, where he adopted two cats who now regularly attend his Webex meetings.

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Nate Klapheke

Data Analyst–Clinical Informatics

Nate is a data analyst in the Rapid RCT Lab and in MCIT’s DataCore. His background is centered in medicinal chemistry with experience in inpatient pharmacy operations and pharmacology research at Indiana University School of Medicine and clinical informatics (EHR focused) at the Regenstrief Institute. He holds a BS in medicinal chemistry from Purdue University, with previous research experience in bisphosphonates and osteopenia/osteoporosis. His interests in clinical informatics include the development and optimization of clinical decision support tools as well as health system optimization and improvement. In his free time, he enjoys film photography and is an avid aquarist.

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Kyra Rosen

Project Associate

Kyra is a project associate with the Rapid RCT Lab. Prior to joining the lab, she researched barriers to care continuity for patients with neurological conditions at the University of California, Los Angeles, and Washington University in St. Louis. She earned a BA in ethics with a minor in art history from Washington University in St. Louis, where she was awarded the Nishi Luthra award for outstanding graduate in philosophy. She is particularly interested in the effects of public and institutional policy on access to quality care and looks to attend medical school before launching a career in healthcare policy, practice, and ethics. Kyra is a long-time music lover and enjoys volunteering with music therapy groups in her free time.

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Sarah Tsuruo

Project Associate

Sarah is a project associate in the Rapid RCT lab. As an intersectional feminist, Sarah is passionate about reconstructing healthcare systems and providing quality care to marginalized communities. She graduated from the Honors program at the University of Connecticut in 2021 with a BA in biology and double minor in women’s, gender and sexuality studies and molecular cell biology. Since graduating, Sarah was a clinical research coordinator at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai on the National Intitutes of Health RECOVER study. In her free time, Sarah volunteers as an emergency department advocate at Mount Sinai, is a part-time fitness instructor, and loves to cook and explore the city!

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Jeremy Lu

Data Analyst

Jeremy is a data analyst in the Rapid RCT Lab. He has a background in applied statistics and machine learning, with previous experience using Recurrent Neural Networks in TinyML. He holds an MS in applied statistics for social science research from NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development and a BS in applied and computational mathematical sciences from the University of Washington in Seattle. Outside of work he enjoys basketball and organizing community building events in Chinatown and Lower East Side.