James Burke, MD, MS
- Co-Director, Health Services Research
At The Ohio State University Department of Neurology Division of Health Services Research, we are committed to efforts to optimize the health outcomes and well-being of people with neurological symptoms and disease. Our research aims to better understand health and health care delivery and to develop, evaluate, and implement interventions to improve both health and societal outcomes. We have experience in a variety of research methods including complex analyses of secondary data, development and evaluation of decision support tools, qualitative data acquisition and analyses, and randomized health services research clinical trials.
Traditional biomedical research aims to determine what causes disease and how can it be treated or prevented.1
Health services research asks:
The art of delivering health care is complicated. Health services research produces data, evidence, and tools to make health care accessible, affordable, effective, equitable, patient-centered, and safe. HSR seeks to facilitate getting the right care to the right people at the right time.
Housed within the Ohio State Department of Neurology and CATALYST – the Center for the Advancement of Team Science, Analytics, and Systems Thinking in Health Services and Implementation Science Research – the Health Services Research Division is co-directed by Dr. Kevin A. Kerber and Dr. James Burke and supported by Research and Project Managers, data analysts, PhD researchers, and other faculty.
Dr. Jim 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 UM before joining Ohio State to co-direct the HSR Neurology Division. Dr. Burke has been continuously funded by the National Institutes of Health, and his research has focused on a variety of topics including individualized treatment decisions, understanding racial disparities in stroke outcomes, and exploring how patient preferences affect health outcomes. Dr. Burke applies advanced statistical methodology to optimize diagnostic and treatment decisions for individual patients.
Dr. Burke’s research has addressed a variety of topics, such as how to best target treatment to individual patients, evaluating the value of neurologic care, understanding how end-of-life preferences influence care, understanding how race disparities emerge after stroke, and evaluating population-level outcomes of varying treatment strategies.
Dr. Kerber trained in neurology at the University of Michigan and neurotology at the University of California, Los Angeles. He completed a master’s degree in Health and Healthcare Research at UM. He was on the faculty of UM before joining Ohio State to co-found the HSR Neurology. His grant funding, from the National Institutes of Health and Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, has included projects about the clinical epidemiology of dizziness, clinical decision rule development to identify stroke in acute dizziness presentations, health services randomized clinical trials to implement evidence-based care practices in routine care emergency departments, and the development and evaluation of patient-oriented behavioral interventions. He is particularly interested in the development and management of patient-focused resources.
Dr. Kerber currently is collaborating with Kaiser Permanente Southern California on an NIH-funded clinical trial of a provider- and patient-based implementation strategy to optimize management and outcomes for ED dizziness presentations. He has also evaluated payment policies and collaborated with other investigators across a variety of topics including stroke epidemiology, geographic variation in neurologists and neurologic care, and the value of neurologic care. Dr. Kerber serves as a Vice-Chair of Clinical Operations and the Director of the Neuro-otology program.
CATALYST is a research center within The Ohio State University College of Medicine focused on advancing transformational research in the delivery of health services across the continuum of care using a team science approach in a dedicated command center. As an innovative and independent center, CATALYST provides a well-recognized hub for health services and implementation science research efforts.
CATALYST has welcomed the Neurology Health Services Research Division into the center, giving the Division access to the world-class expertise and infrastructure available amongst the distinguished and seasoned CATALYST researchers, post-docs, managers, analysts, and affiliated faculty.
With Dr. Ann Scheck McAlearney and Dr. Dan Jonas, Dr. Burke co-leads an HSR training program. This program delivers master’s-level training in health services research methods as part of a project-focused curriculum in combination with focused mentorship to a cohort of clinician trainees.
Our funding portfolio consists of federally funded grants and foundation grants.
We are deeply committed to mentoring, particularly ensuring a vibrant research environment aligned with our mentees’ goals.
Health Services Research is multidisciplinary research that draws on the expertise of neurologists, economists, biostatisticians, epidemiologists, sociologists data scientists, and a variety of disciplines. We welcome candidates from diverse training and experiential backgrounds.
If you are interested in learning more about training or faculty position opportunities, contact Jamie Turner at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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