Catalyst Symposium: Introducing the New Jersey Practice-Based Research Network

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This event finished on 04 June 2021

The New Jersey Practice-Based Research Network is a new initiative to increase the presence of New Jersey clinical practices in academic research. Join us to mark the launch of the network, bringing together clinicians, researchers, and leaders across the country.

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Virtual event | CME credits available

Day 1: 10 am-1 pm ET, Thursday, June 3

XinQi Dong, MD, MPH
Director, Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research
Henry Rutgers Distinguished Professor of Population Health Sciences

Keynote address
Shereef Elnahal, MD, MBA
President & CEO, University Hospital Newark
Former Commissioner, New Jersey Department of Health
Topic: Role of ambulatory care practices in improving quality and access in the New Jersey healthcare eco-system

Keynote address
Andy Anderson, MD
President & CEO, RWJBarnabas Health Medical Group
Topic: Clinical alignment of Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick and RWJBarnabas Health Medical Group – New opportunities for practice-based research

Panel discussion
Topic: The value of practice-based research networks

  • Robert McNeillis, MPH, PA
    Senior Advisor for Primary Care, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
  • Jonathan Tobin, PhD
    President/CEO, Clinical Directors Network, Inc. (New York)
  • John Heintzman, MD, MPH
    Affiliate Investigator, OCHIN (Oregon)
  • Fred D. Rachman, MD
    CEO, AllianceChicago (Illinois)


  • Topic: Examples of practice-based research from the payer perspective
    Steven Peskin, MD, MBA, FACP
    Executive Medical Director of Population Health, Horizon BCBS
  • Topic: Examples of practice-based research to address social determinants of health and health equity
    DeAnna Minus-Vincent, MPA
    Senior Vice President, Chief Social Integration & Health Equity Strategist, RWJBarnabas Health

Day 2: 10 am-1 pm ET, Friday, June 4


  • Ann M. Nguyen, PhD, MPH
    Director, New Jersey Practice-Based Research Network
  • Rey A. Panettieri, Jr, MD
    Director, Rutgers Institute for Translational Medicine and Science & Vice Chancellor for Translational Medicine and Science, Rutgers University

Keynote address
Topic: History and findings of physician practice research, with cross-sector focus
Lawrence Casalino, MD, MPH, PhD
Professor of Population Health Sciences, Weill Cornell Medical College

Keynote address
Topic: Value of PBRNs for addressing social determinants of health
Alonzo L. Plough, PhD, MA, MPH
Vice President, Research-Evaluation-Learning and Chief Science Officer, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation


  • Topic: Highlights of practice-based research
    Jennifer D’Angelo and Melissa Denino
    New Jersey Innovation Institute
  • Topic: Geriatrics and palliative care research in practice-based settings 
    Elissa Kozlov, PhD
    Core Faculty, Rutgers Institute for Health and Instructor, Rutgers School of Public Health

Panel discussion
Topic: How can practice-based research advance post-pandemic population health in New Jersey

  • Mary O’Dowd, MPH
    Executive Director of Health Systems and Population Health Integration, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences
    Former commissioner, New Jersey Department of Health
  • Yannai Kranzler, PhD
    Director of Population Health, New Jersey Department of Health
  • Kemi Alli, MD
    CEO, Henry J. Austin Health Center