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Section on Value & Effectiveness Section on Value & Effectiveness Faculty & Staff

Section on Value & Effectiveness Faculty & Staff

NYU Langone’s Section on Value and Effectiveness in the Division of Comparative Effectiveness and Decision Science is staffed by a talented, diverse group of clinical and health services researchers who are recognized for their experience in medicine, comparative effectiveness research, decision science, and health economics.

Faculty

Scott Braithwaite, MD, MSc
Section Director
Professor, Departments of Population Health and Medicine
Research interests: chronic illness; comparative effectiveness; cost-effectiveness analysis; decision science; health metrics; HIV treatment; value-based healthcare

Heather T. Gold, PhD
Professor, Departments of Population Health and Orthopedic Surgery
Research interests: cost-effectiveness analysis; electronic health records; managing comorbid conditions; mathematical modeling

Stella K. Kang, MD, MSc
Assistant Professor, Departments of Radiology and Population Health
Research interests: cancer care; comparative effectiveness; decision science

Maria R. Khan, PhD, MPH
Associate Professor, Department of Population Health
Research interests: HIV infection; incarceration and health; sexual behavior; substance-related disorders

Aisha Langford, PhD, MPH
Assistant Professor, Department of Population Health
Research interests: chronic disease prevention and control; clinical trial participation; health communications; medical decision making

Stacy Loeb, MD
Assistant Professor, Departments of Urology and Population Health
Research interests: active surveillance; men’s health; prostate cancer; prostate-specific antigen (PSA) testing; social media

Danil V. Makarov, MD
Director, Surgical Research
Assistant Professor, Departments of Urology and Population Health
Research interests: health services; prostate cancer; health policy, cost, and quality of care

Staff

Melanie Applegate, DNP, FNP-BC, Family Nurse Practitioner

Dr. Applegate focuses on preventive medicine and research. She is the primary clinician implementing Project Active, a randomized controlled trial testing a health-coaching program focused on personalized and prioritized preventive medicine. Dr. Applegate maintains a primary care patient panel at the ambulatory care clinic at NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue.

Shannon Ciprut, MHS, Project Manager

Ms. Ciprut has extensive experience coordinating and overseeing research activities for multisite studies. She works on Dr. Makarov’s research team and manages projects that aim to optimize health services and outcomes for men with prostate cancer at NYU Langone and the VA NY Harbor Healthcare System.

Matthew Kelly, Associate Research Coordinator

Mr. Kelly works on Dr. Makarov’s research team in conjunction with the VA NY Harbor Healthcare System. He coordinates the implementation of the Prostate Cancer Imaging Stewardship Intervention at 10 Department of Veterans Affairs sites across the United States for Dr. Makarov’s project “A multi-modal physician-centered intervention to improve guideline-concordant prostate cancer imaging.”

Kimberly Nucifora, MSCS, Director of Mathematical Model Implementation

Ms. Nucifora applies her problem-solving skills and background in engineering and computer science to better inform healthcare policy decision making. She collaborates with investigators and modeling team colleagues to scope, design, and build complex mathematical models in C/C++, managing their full software life cycle as well as implementation. Her modeling portfolio includes cost-effectiveness analysis, HIV/AIDS, and hepatitis C.

Kailyn Pearce, MPH, Research Coordinator

Ms. Pearce provides administrative and research assistance to Dr. Khan for projects focusing on the structural determinants of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and HIV in vulnerable populations. Her research interests include childhood traumatic experiences, health disparities, substance use disorders, and incarceration.

Joy D. Scheidell, MPH, Predoctoral Trainee

Ms. Scheidell works with her mentor, Dr. Khan, on multiple primary data collection and secondary data analysis studies regarding the social, behavioral, and structural determinants of STIs and HIV. Her research focuses on vulnerable populations such as those who are incarcerated. Ms. Scheidell is pursuing a PhD in epidemiology.

Ebony Scott, MSEd, MHC, Research Coordinator/Health Coach

Ms. Scott works with Dr. Braithwaite and Dr. Langford to conduct research that informs clinical care, health policy, and translational research. An experienced behavioral researcher who studies the application of mental health interventions that address mental illness, Ms. Scott has worked on randomized controlled trials to reduce health disparities in vulnerable populations.

MacRegga Severe, MS, Assistant Research Scientist

Mr. Severe provides administrative and research assistance to Dr. Khan for projects focusing on the structural determinants of STIs and HIV. His research interest is in reducing incidence of HIV in populations of black men who have sex with men.

Elizabeth Stevens, MPH, Program Manager

Ms. Stevens provides research and administrative support for projects focused on comparative effectiveness studies and modeling HIV interventions. She is currently a doctoral candidate at NYU College of Global Public Health.

Dawn Walter, MPH, Senior Data Analyst

Ms. Walter is an experienced data analyst and certified SAS programmer working with large datasets, including the VA Corporate Data Warehouse and Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER)–Medicare Linked Database. Ms. Walter works mainly to study guideline-concordant care and also investigates racial disparities and their impact on the healthcare delivery system. Additionally, she applies epidemiologic principles to her team’s study design, protocol creation, and authorship efforts.

Qinlian Zhou, PhD, Research Scientist/Mathematical Modeler

Dr. Zhou has extensive experience in mathematical modeling and computer simulations for various biological/health systems. Her current work focuses on developing a model for population health measurements and maximizing population health in an integrated system. She is also working to develop and implement mathematical models for HIV/AIDS disease progression and cost-effectiveness analyses.