• 1266 Citations
1990 …2019
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Training Experience

1986Residency, University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry
1987Fellowship, University of Rochester Medical Center

Research Interests

I serve as Professor in the Department of Medical Social Sciences at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Following a residency in Preventive Medicine, I completed a fellowship in Health Services Research emphasizing large database design and analysis and inter-disciplinary chronic care models. This training laid the foundation for a career in quality improvement (Medical Director for Quality) and outcomes research. I serve as Principal Investigator of FORCE-TJR, a P50 (AHRQ) for comparative effectiveness research in total joint replacement (TJR) outcomes. This national effort enrolled over 30,000 TJR patients from 200 orthopedists to determine best practices to achieve optimal pain relief and physical function for adults with knee and hip arthritis. Annual patient-reported outcomes (PROs), adverse events, and revision data will be collected indefinitely from this longitudinal research cohort. FORCE-TJR returns real-time individual and aggregate trended PRO and risk data to sites to foster a learning health system. In addition, a PCORI-funded cluster randomized trial (6000 patients; 30 surgeons) is evaluating the role of PRO-based, tailored predictive data in a shared decision tool to guide TJR decisions. Other research includes evaluation of physical therapy, alternate anti-thrombotic medications, and opioid use on TJR outcomes.

Education/Academic qualification

MPH, University of Rochester

… → 1989

MBA, University of Rochester

… → 1986

MD, University of Rochester

… → 1983


  • Orthopedics
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Outcome Measures
  • Patient-Centered Care
  • Physical activity
  • Quality Improvement
  • Quality of Life

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Research Output 1990 2019

2 Citations (Scopus)
Hip Osteoarthritis
Reproducibility of Results
Analysis of variance (ANOVA)
2 Citations (Scopus)
Knee prostheses
Knee Injuries
Knee Osteoarthritis
Reproducibility of Results
Replacement Arthroplasties
Pain Management
Postoperative Pain
Opioid Analgesics
2 Citations (Scopus)

Association of Geography and Access to Health Care Providers With Long-Term Prescription Opioid Use in Medicare Patients With Severe Osteoarthritis: A Cohort Study

Desai, R. J., Jin, Y., Franklin, P. D., Lee, Y. C., Bateman, B. T., Lii, J., Solomon, DH., Katz, J. N. & Kim, S. C., May 1 2019, In : Arthritis and Rheumatology. 71, 5, p. 712-721 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Health Services Accessibility
Health Personnel
Opioid Analgesics
2 Citations (Scopus)
Knee Injuries
Hip Osteoarthritis
Knee Osteoarthritis
Replacement Arthroplasties