CATALYST Clinical Scholars Program overview

The goal of this program is to prepare, develop, and mentor clinician researchers to engage in robust health services and implementation science research. Clinical Scholars will receive the necessary support begin to develop a research program during their training and mentorship years with the goal of becoming productive independent researchers at program completion. 

  • The CCSP will accept four to six clinicians as part of a two-year clinical scholar training program. 
  • Participants will receive close mentoring with experienced Health Services and Implementation Science faculty researchers.
  • The program offers a core curriculum for clinical scholars that results in the development of a research grant at the conclusion of the CCSP.
  • Weekly sessions will guide the development of scholars’ research and leadership skills.
  • Completion of the CCSP will result in the receipt of a master’s-level degree through The Ohio State University College of Medicine.

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CATALYST Clinical Scholars Program leadership

Jim Burke, MD

Jim Burke, MD, MS

Co-Director of Neurology Health Services Research, Professor of Neurology, Endowed Professor of Health Services Research

Dr. Jim Burke, MD, MS, is the Co-Director of the Division of Health Services Research in the Department of Neurology and Professor of Neurology with tenure. Dr. Burke trained in neurology and vascular neurology at the University of Michigan, completed health services research training through the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program, and served on the faculty of the University of Michigan before joining The Ohio State University to co-direct the HSR Neurology Division and the CCSP.

Dr. Burke has been continuously fully funded by the National Institutes of Health, has published over 200 publications in peer reviewed journals, has worked as a fellow at the National Academy of Medicine, and has been recognized for research accomplishments by the American Academy of Neurology. His research has focused on a variety of health services research topics including individualizing treatment decisions, optimizing systems of care for neurologic conditions, understanding racial disparities in stroke outcomes, understanding how end-of-life preferences influence care, and exploring how patient preferences affect health outcomes. Dr. Burke has methodological expertise in a variety of quantitative analyses and with simulation analyses.

Dan Jonas, MD, MPH

Dan Jonas, MD, MPH

Director of the Division of General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics, Director of the Primary Care Research Fellowship, Professor of Medicine with tenure, Endowed Professor of Health Services Research 

Dr. Jonas is a primary care physician, health services researcher, and Director of the Division of General Internal Medicine. Dr. Jonas’ primary research interests and areas of expertise include preventive services delivered in primary care, unhealthy alcohol use, implementation, critical appraisal and synthesis of health literature, and training health services researchers. Dr. Jonas has led multiple clinical trials and numerous projects critically evaluating the scientific evidence on health care and health policy topics for groups making national recommendations, such as the Effective Healthcare Program of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF). He has over 100 publications, including in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), Annals of Internal Medicine, JAMA Internal Medicine, American Journal of Preventive Medicine, Journal of General Internal Medicine, Systematic Reviews, Medical Care, and Medical Decision Making. Dr. Jonas has served as Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator on grants or contracts from AHRQ, the National Institutes of Health, and the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI).
Prior to joining The Ohio State University in December 2020, Dr. Jonas was at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for over 15 years where he worked as the Section Chief for Research in the Division of General Medicine and Clinical Epidemiology and as the Deputy Director for Research, Director of the Program on Medical Practice and Prevention, and Director of the Primary Care Research Fellowship at the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research. He has served as co-Director of the RTI-UNC Evidence-based Practice Center since 2012. Dr. Jonas received his MD from Ohio State and his MPH from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Ann Scheck McAlearney, ScD, MS

Ann Scheck McAlearney, ScD, MS 

Executive Director of CATALYST, Associate Dean for Health Services Research, and Distinguished Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine in Ohio State's College of Medicine 

Dr. McAlearney is the Executive Director of CATALYST, Associate Dean for Health Services Research, and Distinguished Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine in Ohio State's College of Medicine. She also holds appointments as a professor of health services management and policy in the College of Public Health and is a professor of biomedical informatics and pediatrics in the College of Medicine at The Ohio State University. She has over 30 years of health services research experience and has been actively involved in both performing research and disseminating research results to academic and practitioner audiences.

Dr. McAlearney enjoys collaborative research projects and engaging clinicians in health service research as well as mentoring junior faculty in their research endeavors. She is internationally known for her expertise in both qualitative and mixed methods analyses, and she has been continuously funded for over 20 years. Dr. McAlearney has authored over 300 peer-reviewed publications, 11 books/edited books, and more than 100 book chapters. Dr. McAlearney has served as a grant reviewer for 18 years including for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the National Institutes of Health, the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, and the National Science Foundation. In addition to co-leading the Center to STOP COVID at Ohio State (U54), Dr. McAlearney leads an R01 focused on applying management practices to prevent transmission of healthcare-associated infections, and she co-leads the “Better Birth Outcomes Through Technology, Education and Reporting (BETTER)” project funded by the American Heart Association as part of their newly established Health Equity Research Network. Her ongoing research focuses on addressing care disparities, information technology innovations in health care, population health management, quality improvement, and organizational development. Dr. McAlearney received her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Stanford University and Harvard University’s T. H. Chan School of Public Health.

Learn more about the CCSP 

For more information, email Dr. Jim Burke at