• 2613 Citations
1984 …2024
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Research Interests

Starting as a public health and researcher and HIV clinician in the 1980’s, my research has focused on understanding the causes and developing feasible and effective solutions to the implementation gap and disparities in delivery, outcomes and quality of care in resource limited settings in the US and in Africa. This work started during the 15 years I ran the HIV Medical Care Program at Dimock Community Health Center’s HIV Program working to ensure high quality of prevention and care delivered in the community and integrating implementation and improvement science to improve and learn from this work. Relevant recent work has included applying implementation and improvement science methods to identify factors associated with poorer quality, low rates of health system responsiveness and patient-centered care, inequity and outcomes in care in the US and in Africa and the Caribbean, identifying, adapting and testing existing evidence-based interventions to address these gaps. As Director for Implementation and Improvement Sciences at Ariadne Labs, a partnership between Harvard School and Public Health and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, I led a team focused on developing more effective approaches to study and support innovative approaches to apply evidence-based practices from initial discovery of simple effective solutions through scale-up to realize the full potential to improve care and reduce suffering and improve patient-centered outcomes and care delivery. At Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine as Professor in the Departments of Medical Social Sciences and Psychiatry, member of the Third Coast Center for AIDS Research, my current work continues to focus on continuing the work to further apply implementation science methods to effectively measure and improve implementation and quality and effectiveness of care in the US and a number of countries in Africa. Throughout my career, I have been committed to providing training and mentorship for students and junior faculty in the US and in many countries in Africa including Tanzania, Rwanda, and Zimbabwe. I developed and co-led a course focused on building skills to produce scholarly mentored projects for students at Harvard Medical School, serve as a mentor for the Northwestern AOSC program and am co-PI for a newly funded D43 project in Tanzania to build capacity for patient centered outcome research. and have led multiple workshops to build capacity for measurement and interventions to improve quality of care, both technical and patient’s experience. Current projects include exploring barriers to pre-exposure prophylaxis for HIV for women in Chicago, primary health care improvement in low and middle income setting, strengthening quality measurement focusing on people-centered care and evaluation of quality improvement collaboratives in Africa.

My academic work has focused on understanding and improving disparities in quality and outcomes of health care in the united Stated and globally using implementation research. This work has ranged from understanding quality of care for women with HIV in the US to neonatal mortality reduction in Rwanda and improving maternal care in India. As an implementation and improvement scientist, I have also worked to develop novel approaches to using mixed methods to better understand these gaps and leverage the use of routine health information and more efficient measurement strategies. I am also working to increase the effectiveness of research to identify and understand disparities in care and outcomes, increasing data use and policy change o drive evidence-based decision making working with organizations including the Doris Duke Charitable foundation, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the World Health Organization.

Training Experience

1986Internship, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston
1988Fellowship, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston
1988Residency, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston
1989Fellowship, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston
1991Postdoctoral Fellowship, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
1992Postdoctoral Fellowship, Brigham and Women's Hospital and Beth Israel Hospital, Harvard

Education/Academic qualification

MPH, Harvard School of Public Health

… → 1992

MD, Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons

… → 1985

Research interests

  • AIDS
  • Global Health
  • Healthcare Quality
  • Mixed Methods
  • Program Evaluation
  • Quality Improvement

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Rwanda Medicine & Life Sciences
HIV Medicine & Life Sciences
Quality of Health Care Medicine & Life Sciences
Quality Improvement Medicine & Life Sciences
Health Medicine & Life Sciences
India Medicine & Life Sciences
Delivery of Health Care Medicine & Life Sciences
Checklist Medicine & Life Sciences

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Grants 2015 2024

Nigeria
Blood Pressure
Hypertension
Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring
Africa South of the Sahara
Delivery of Health Care
Health
Patient Participation
Costs and Cost Analysis
Patient-Centered Care

Research Output 1984 2019

  • 2613 Citations
  • 112 Article
  • 12 Review article
  • 7 Comment/debate
  • 2 Editorial

Availability of Safe Childbirth Supplies in 284 Facilities in Uttar Pradesh, India

Galvin, G., Hirschhorn, L. R., Shaikh, M., Maji, P., Delaney, M. M., Tuller, D. E., Neville, B. A., Firestone, R., Gawande, A. A., Kodkany, B., Kumar, V. & Semrau, K. E. A., Feb 15 2019, In : Maternal and child health journal. 23, 2, p. 240-249 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

India
Parturition
Mothers
Infection Control
Checklist

Continuity in primary care: A critical but neglected component for achieving high-quality universal health coverage

Schwarz, D., Hirschhorn, L. R., Kim, J. H., Ratcliffe, H. L. & Bitton, A., May 1 2019, In : BMJ Global Health. 4, 3, e001435.

Research output: Contribution to journalComment/debate

Open Access
Universal Coverage
Primary Health Care
Health

Cost-effectiveness of a mentorship and quality improvement intervention to enhance the quality of antenatal care at rural health centers in Rwanda

Manzi, A., Mugunga, J. C., Nyirazinyoye, L., Iyer, H. S., Hedt-Gauthier, B., Hirschhorn, L. R. & Ntaganira, J., Jun 1 2019, In : International Journal for Quality in Health Care. 31, 5, p. 359-364 6 p., mzz179.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Rural Health Services
Rwanda
Mentors
Prenatal Care
Quality of Health Care

Facility management associated with improved primary health care outcomes in Ghana

Macarayan, E. K., Ratcliffe, H. L., Otupiri, E., Hirschhorn, L. R., Miller, K., Lipsitz, S. R., Gawande, A. A. & Bitton, A., Jan 1 2019, In : PloS one. 14, 7, e0218662.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Ghana
Health care
health services
Primary Health Care
Family Planning Services

Four delays of child mortality in Rwanda: A mixed methods analysis of verbal social autopsies

Roder-Dewan, S., Gupta, N., Kagabo, D. M., Habumugisha, L., Nahimana, E., Mugeni, C., Bucyana, T. & Hirschhorn, L. R., May 1 2019, In : BMJ open. 9, 5, e027435.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Rwanda
Child Mortality
Quality of Health Care
Autopsy
Traditional Medicine