Getting Started using the VQI for Research

Matt Chia and Andy Lazar sit down with Drs. Leila Mureebe, Jeff Siracuse, and Philip Goodney for a panel discussion introducing the VQI and some practical tips on getting started with vascular health services research.


Dr. Leila Mureebe (@leils) is an associate professor of surgery in the division of vascular and endovascular surgery at the Duke University School of Medicine.  She completed her medical degree and general surgery residency at the Medical College of Pennsylvania, a vascular research fellowship at Harvard Longwood, and her vascular surgery fellowship at Yale.  She also holds dual master’s degrees in public health from the UNC and in management and clinical informatics from Duke.


Dr. Jeff Siracuse is an associate professor of surgery and radiology at the Boston University School of Medicine.  He completed his medical degree at the New York Medical College, followed by a general surgery residency at Beth Israel Deaconess, a vascular research fellowship at Harvard Longwood, and a vascular surgery fellowship at the New York-Presbyterian programs.  He also holds an MBA from Boston University and has extensive experience with the VQI data, including being the medical director and regional RAC chair for the Vascular Study Group of New England.


Dr. Philip Goodney is a professor of surgery and the associate chair for research at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical center.  He received his medical degree from the University of Connecticut, followed by a general surgery residency and vascular surgery fellowship at Dartmouth.  He completed a special fellowship in outcomes research with the VA Outcomes Group in White River Junction, Vermont, while also receiving a Master’s Degree in Evaluative Clinical Sciences.  Among the many key positions he holds in our field, he is the current chair for the national VQI Research Advisory Committee or RAC.


Previous Episode - Dr. Jack Cronenwett with the origin story of the VQI


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Host Introductions: 

  • Dr. Lazar (@Lazar_surgery)  is a general surgery resident at Morristown Medical Center in New Jersey and completed his second year of vascular surgery research at Columbia University, where - among other projects - he has focused on using the VQI to look at insurance and health disparities. 
  • Dr. Chia (@chia_md) is in his 5th of 7 years in the integrated vascular surgery program at Northwestern University.  He obtained his medical degree from the University of Illinois College of Medicine and also holds a Master’s in Health Services and Outcomes Research at Northwestern.