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Woo JL, Anderson BR, Gruenstein D, Conti R, Chua KP. Minimum Travel Distance among Publicly Insured Infants with Severe Congenital Heart Disease: Potential Impact of In-State Restrictions. Ped Card 2019 Dec;40(8):1599-1608.  Doi:10.1007/200246-019-02193-1. (We examine the distribution of congenital heart surgical centers, the minimum distances infants with critical congenital heart disease must travel in the current era for care, and the potential implications of site closures under a regionalization of care model.)

Liu N, Truong VA, Wang X, Anderson BRIntegrated Scheduling and Capacity Planning with Considerations for Patients’ Lengths-of-Stays. Production Operations Management 2019 March; 0(0)1-22. Doi: 10.1111/poms.13012. (We introduce the first dynamic multi-day scheduling model that integrates information about capacity usage (length-of-stay and downstream census) at more than one location in a hospital.)

Anderson BR, Kumar SR, Gottlieb-Sen D, Newburger JW, Hill KD, Moga FX, Overman DM, Jacobs ML, Jacobs JP, Glied SA, Bacha EA, on behalf of the Congenital Heart Technical Skill Study. The Congenital Heart Technical Skill Study: Rationale and Design. World J Ped Cong Heart Surg 2019 March; 10(2)137-144. (We describe the methods, rationale, and early participant experience with the Congenital Heart Technical Skill Study in which we link peer-evaluation of surgeon technical skill from direct, video observation of operating congenital heart surgeons to 5-years worth of surgeon-specific outcomes from a national registry.)

Anderson BRFixing the Supply Problem (Invited Reply to the Editor). JTCVS 2018 Sept; 156(3):1037. PubMed PMID: 30119275.

Anderson BR, Fieldston ES, Newburger JW, Bacha EA, Glied SA. Disparities in Outcomes and Resource Utilization after Hospitalization for Cardiac Surgery by Neighborhood Income. Pediatrics 2018 Feb 23;141(3)Doi: 10.1542/peds.2017-2432. (Linking administrative and US Census Bureau data, we examined associations between community-level income, mortality, length-of-stay, and costs, for a resource-intensive cohort and general pediatric populations.  We found that children from lower income neighborhoods have higher mortality and use more resources than do children from higher income neighborhoods, and that these disparities are only partially explained by differences in race/insurance/center.)

Anderson BR, Wallace AS, Hill KD, Gulack, BC, Matsouaka R, Jacobs JP, Bacha EA, Glied SA, Jacobs ML. Association of Surgeon Age and Experience on Congenital Heart Surgery Outcomes. Circ Qual Outcomes 2017 July 14; 10(7). Doi: 10.1161/CIRCOUTCOMES.117.003533. (In this study, we linked the Society of Thoracic Surgeons-Congenital Heart Surgery Database to provider characteristics from the American Medical Association Physician Masterfile. We found that junior congenital heart surgeons had comparable outcomes to their mid and senior colleagues, but that patients operated on by very senior surgeons demonstrated significantly worse risk-adjusted outcomes.)  

Anderson BRThe Cost of Operating Under a Veil of Secrecy (Invited Editorial). JTCVS 2017; epub 2017 Aug 30. Doi: 10.1016/j.jtcvs.2017.08.042

Anderson BR, Ciarleglio AJ, Cohen DJ, Lai WW, Neidell, M; Hall M, Glied SA, Bacha EA. The Norwood Operation: Relative Effects of Surgeon and Institutional Volumes on Outcomes and Resource Utilization. Card Young 2016 April 26(4):683-692. PubMed PMID: 26169083. (This study was the first to examine the independent effects of surgeon and center volumes on outcomes and resource utilization for children undergoing the most resource intensive birth defect managed in the US.)

Anderson BRImproving Healthcare by Embracing Systems Theory (Invited Editorial). JTCVS 2016 Aug; 152(2):593-4. PubMed PMID: 27113625.

Anderson BR, Ciarleglio AJ, Krishnamurthy G, Glied SA, Bacha EA. Neonatal Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome: Effects of Bloodstream Infections on Outcomes and Costs for Neonates Undergoing the Norwood Operation. Ann Thorac Surg 2015 May 99(5):1648-54. PubMed PMID: 25827672. (In this study, we used simulation modeling to examine associations between hospital acquired bloodstream infections and outcomes and costs for neonates with hypoplastic left heart syndrome, the most expensive birth defect managed in the US.Examining effects of hospital-acquired infections at both patient- and institutional-levels, we found that, while these infections were associated with dramatic increases in morbidity and costs at a patient-level, even a 50% reduction in the incidence of infections would have minimal impact on a hospital level.)

Anderson BR, Ciarleglio AJ, Hayes DA, Vincent JA, Quaegebeur JM, Bacha EA.  Earlier Arterial Switch Operation Improves Outcomes and Reduces Costs for Neonates with Transposition of the Great Arteries.  J Am Coll Card 2014 Jan; 63(5): 482-487.  PubMed PMID: 24184243This was the first in a series of papers, in which we explored the non-linear effects of surgical timing on patient outcomes and resource utilization.

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