Select Research Projects

Linking State Medicaid and Congenital Heart Surgical Registry Data: Building Capacity to Assess Disparities in Longitudinal Outcomes and Value for Children with Congenital Heart Disease

Working with all 12 congenital heart surgical centers in NY State (CHS-COLOUR) and the State Department of Health, we seek to link clinical congenital heart surgical registry data with longitudinal state Medicaid data to 1) build a scalable resource to assess longitudinal outcomes and resource requirements, 2) generate a methodology for investigations of long-term outcomes and value, and 3) assess constructs of access to care as modifiable mediators of social determinants of health.
Funding: NIH/NHLBI, R01 HL150044 (PI: Anderson)

CHTSS: Congenital Heart Technical Skill Study—Improving Outcomes for Infants & Children with Congenital Heart Disease
We are working to isolate technical skill as one possible driver of clinical outcomes for children with congenital heart disease and then examine effects of institutional characteristics, after controlling for effects of surgeons.  This will be accomplished through innovative methodology that links peer ratings of direct, video observation of surgical skill to surgeon-specific patient outcomes from a national clinical registry and provider and center characteristics from a surgeon questionnaire.
Funding: NIH/NHLBI, K23 HL133454 (PI: Anderson)

Surgeons Helping Surgeons Take Better Care of Children:  The Development of a Peer Coaching Model for Congenital Heart Surgeons
This study furthers the work of the Congenital Heart Technical Skill Study, examining the effects variation in surgical technique on patient outcomes and building and testing a prototype for peer surgeon coaching.
Funding: Mend-A-Heart (PIs: Anderson/LaPar)

Additional funding provided through charitable donations from the Babies Heart Fund.