COPPER Core Team


Cary P Gross

Director, COPPER Center

Professor of Medicine (General Medicine), of Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases) and of Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Biography

Dr. Cary Gross is a Professor of Medicine and Co-Director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program at Yale. Dr. Gross completed his residency in Internal Medicine at New York Hospital - Cornell Medical Center and served as chief medical resident at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center the following year. He completed the RWJ Clinical Scholars Program at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in 1999.

The over-arching theme of his work is the disconnect between...

Dr. Cary Gross is a Professor of Medicine and Co-Director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program at Yale. Dr. Gross completed his residency in Internal Medicine at New York Hospital - Cornell Medical Center and served as chief medical resident at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center the following year. He completed the RWJ Clinical Scholars Program at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in 1999.

The over-arching theme of his work is the disconnect between evidence generated from clinical research and the needs of members of patients in the "real-world" setting, outside of clinical trials. He has received NIH-funded grants explore barriers to clinical trial enrollment, the impact of non-cancer illnesses on older persons with cancer, and the dissemination of new cancer screening and treatment modalities into clinical practice. After documenting that older persons are disproportionately excluded from clinical research, Dr. Gross also demonstrated that applying trial results to patients who were above the age limit of trial eligibility was associated with a higher risk of harm. These findings led to work addressing the impact of non-cancer health conditions on quality of care, preferences, and outcomes. Ongoing investigations focus on the comparative effectiveness of different approaches to cancer screening and treatment, and how effectiveness is moderated by age and comorbidity.
Bioethics and research integrity are also a major interest for Dr. Gross. His work has focused on issues affecting research integrity, as well as access to research studies and experimental agents.

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Jenerius Aminawung

Data Analyst

Biography

Dr. Jenerius Aminawung is a project manager and data analyst at COPPER, involved in the design and implementation of comparative effectiveness research projects on cancer. A foreign medical graduate, Dr. Aminawung earned a Masters in Public Health in Epidemiology and Biostatistics from Tufts University School of Medicine. Dr. Aminawung is equally involved in other health services research projects at Yale, studying chronic disease management and outcomes in disadvantaged populations,...

Dr. Jenerius Aminawung is a project manager and data analyst at COPPER, involved in the design and implementation of comparative effectiveness research projects on cancer. A foreign medical graduate, Dr. Aminawung earned a Masters in Public Health in Epidemiology and Biostatistics from Tufts University School of Medicine. Dr. Aminawung is equally involved in other health services research projects at Yale, studying chronic disease management and outcomes in disadvantaged populations, ambulatory care services and drug safety.

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Amy Joan Davidoff

Senior Research Scientist in Public Health (Health Policy)

Biography

Dr. Davidoff is a health economist and health services researcher at the Yale School of Public Health, Department of Health Policy and Management, where she is a Senior Research Scientist. She is also affiliated with the Yale Cancer Outcomes, Public Policy, and Effectiveness Research (COPPER) Center.

Dr. Davidoff is a health economist and health services researcher at the Yale School of Public Health, Department of Health Policy and Management, where she is a Senior Research Scientist. She is also affiliated with the Yale Cancer Outcomes, Public Policy, and Effectiveness Research (COPPER) Center.

She is an expert in the area of consumer demand for health insurance and related benefits, and studies the effects of public policy on the availability and cost of private insurance, eligibility and participation in public insurance, and impacts of insurance on access to care, use of services, and health care spending. Particular foci for this research have included the Medicaid and SCHIP expansions, private market insurance reform, Medicaid managed care, Medicare Part D, and most recently, the Affordable Care Act.

In the past several years she has applied this research to individuals with cancer and their treatment, with specific expertise in lung, colorectal, and hematologic malignancies. Recent research has examined the relationship between supplemental insurance in the Medicare population and the economic burden of cancer, and how Medicare coverage influences access to oral cancer medications. Ongoing research focuses on reimbursement policy and trends in use and spending on oral and parenteral antineoplastic agents, as well as early evaluation of the impact of the Affordable Care Act on cancer survivors.

Dr. Davidoff’s research has been funded by the National Cancer Institute, American Cancer Society, The Commonwealth Fund, Robert Wood Johnson’s Health Care Financing and Organization (HCFO) program, and the Kaiser Family Foundation. She has published over 60 papers and policy briefs. Dr. Davidoff earned her doctorate from the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health.

She comes to Yale from the Center for Finance, Access and Cost Trends at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). Prior to joining AHRQ in 2012, she was an Associate Professor in Pharmaceutical Health Services Research at the University of Maryland, School of Pharmacy (2006-2012), Assistant Professor of Public Policy at University of Maryland Baltimore County (2004-2006), and Senior Research Associate in the Health Policy Center at the Urban Institute in Washington, D.C.

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Jeph Herrin

Assistant Professor (Adjunct) of Medicine (Cardiology)


Jessica Long

Data Analyst

Biography

Jessica Long is a data analyst who focuses on COPPER’s investigation of cost and cardiovascular outcomes of cancer care.  Before joining COPPER in 2010, Ms. Long earned her Masters in Public Health in Epidemiology from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey School of Public Health. Ms. Long also studies cardiovascular outcomes in vulnerable populations with researchers at Yale.


Xiaomei Ma

Associate Professor of Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases)


Sarah Mougalian

Assistant Professor of Medicine (Medical Oncology); Assistant Professor in Medicine (Medical Oncology)

Biography

I am an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the section of Medical Oncology within the Department of Medicine, and in the clinic, I see patients with breast cancer. I am also involved in education of students, residents, and fellows here at Yale. Outside of the clinic, I am involved with the COPPER (Cancer Outcomes, Public Policy, and Effectiveness Research) Center within the School of Medicine, with a specific interest in chemotherapy regimens used in the treatment of breast cancer and how...

I am an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the section of Medical Oncology within the Department of Medicine, and in the clinic, I see patients with breast cancer. I am also involved in education of students, residents, and fellows here at Yale. Outside of the clinic, I am involved with the COPPER (Cancer Outcomes, Public Policy, and Effectiveness Research) Center within the School of Medicine, with a specific interest in chemotherapy regimens used in the treatment of breast cancer and how they are used in clinical practice.

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Pamela R Soulos

Program Manager & Data Analyst

Biography

Pamela Soulos is a project manager and data analyst at COPPER, working primarily on COPPER’s NIH-funded R01 grant. Ms. Soulos works on numerous projects which investigate patterns of care and comparative effectiveness for several different types of cancer. She has worked at COPPER since its formation in 2009. Prior to joining COPPER Ms. Soulos completed her Masters in Public Health in the division of Chronic Disease Epidemiology from Yale School of Public Health.

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Shiyi Wang

Assistant Professor of Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases)

Biography

Professor Wang’s primary interests focus on outcomes research and decision science. He is currently working on evaluation of preoperative breast magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) for women with newly diagnosed early breast cancer. He is interested in combining systematic literature reviews, simulation modeling, and secondary data analyses to examine issues that are critical to clinicians and policy makers’ decision making.


Xiao Xu

Assistant Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences

Biography


Dr. Xiao Xu is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences. She received her Ph.D. in Economics from Wayne State University. As a health economist, Dr. Xu's research focuses on improving the efficiency and outcomes of care for women and older adults. Her research projects have examined regional and hospital variation in costs of care, cost-effectiveness of interventions in obstetrics and gynecology, influence of medical malpractice environment on obstetric care, impact of insurance on health care utilization and outcomes of care, and gender and racial/ethnic differences in health trajectories. Dr. Xu's research has been funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation. She received Honorable Mention for the Aetna Susan B. Anthony Award from the American Public Health Association (Gerontological Health Section) for excellence in research on older women and public health (2005) and the Frank J. McDevitt Excellence in Research Award in Policy Research from the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation (2008, 2011).

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James Byunghoon Yu

Assistant Professor of Therapeutic Radiology