Laura Vail has a MS in Health Sciences Informatics from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. She currently serves as an IT Specialist with the Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality, providing front end data management, website, and vendor relationship support to nationwide projects promoting safety culture improvement, safe surgery, and preventing ventilator associated events. Her interests include the role of IT in patient safety improvement, harm reduction, and sharing data with frontline staff.
Claire Snyder, PhD
Claire Snyder, PhD, is Associate Professor of Medicine, Oncology, and Health Policy & Management. Her research focuses on incorporating the patient perspective to improve health care and outcomes. Dr. Snyder has received funding from the National Institutes of Health, American Cancer Society, Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute and other sources to integrate patient-reported outcomes in clinical care. She is the President-Elect of the International Society for Quality of Life Research.
Susan Peterson, MD
Dr. Peterson received her undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania and medical degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. In 2009, she began her residency in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Johns Hopkins and became chief resident in 2011. In 2012-2013 Dr. Peterson completed the Armstrong Institute Resident Scholars Program to further develop skills in patient safety and quality improvement. From 2012-2013, Dr. Peterson chaired the Housestaff Patient Safety and Quality Council completing a successful housestaff driven quality improvement project. Dr. Peterson continues to serve as a faculty advisor to this council. Dr. Peterson is co-director of the resident quality improvement curriculum in the Department of Emergency Medicine and is leading research efforts related to both quality improvement and disparities. She is faculty in the Department of Emergency Medicine and the Armstrong Institute at Johns Hopkins.
Danielle German, PhD, MPH
Dr. German is an assistant professor at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in the department of Health, Behavior and Society. She is also co-director of the MHS program in Social Factors. Her research uses qualitative and quantitative methods to understand and address the social context of health behavior, with particular emphasis on issues related to urban health, HIV transmission, drug use and mental health, and LGBT health. She also spends a lot of time working to understand and address the HIV epidemic in Baltimore, and particularly the disproportionately high rates of HIV among MSM of color, African-Americans, and drug users in the community. Dr. German received her MPH from Emory University Rollins School of Public Health and her PhD from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg.
Eric Schneider, PhD
Dr. Schneider is an epidemiologist and Assistant Professor of Surgery at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. His work focuses on patient outcomes with a particular focus on injury to the Central Nervous System (CNS). Dr. Schneider, who received his PhD from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, has studied disparities in care and patient outcomes in a variety of settings.
Jay Schuur, MD, MHS
Dr. Schuur is a practicing emergency physician with a research focus on health care quality and policy. He is the Vice Chair of Quality and Safety and Chief of the Division of Health Policy Translation for the Department of Emergency Medicine of the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and an Assistant Professor of Medicine (Emergency) at Harvard Medical School.
Anju Ranjit, MBBS, MPH
Dr. Ranjit is a physician from Nepal. She received an MPH from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and was a Sommer Scholar focusing on women’s and reproductive health. Previously, she worked for two years as a medical officer and medical superintendent at a government district hospital in Syangja, Nepal. She has served with the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatrics AIDS Foundation; Maiti Nepal, an anti-human trafficking NGO; and Project for a Village, an NGO building self-sustainable communities in Nepal. During her time at Johns Hopkins she conducted a surgical epidemiology survey in Nepal. Dr. Ranjit has also pioneered the "TEJ Initiative" with Project for a Village, geared towards providing leadership training for young girls in Nepal. Her professional interests are surgical outcomes research for women, global women health,healthcare and health education for women.
Brandyn Lau, MPH, CPH
Brandyn Lau is an Instructor in Surgery and Health Sciences Informatics at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. As a clinical informatician, his primary research interest is the use of health information technology to improve care quality and safety for hospitalized patients. A member of the LGBT Working Group at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Brandyn is working with other leaders in the field to develop course curricula on LGBT health.
Adil Haider, MD, MPH, FACS
Dr. Haider is the Kessler Director of Brigham and Women's Hospital Center for Surgery and Public Health. He is a trauma surgeon and was previously Associate Professor of Surgery, Anesthesiology and Health Policy and Management at Johns Hopkins. At Hopkins, he pioneered the use of several innovative methods for data analytics, and was one of the first scientists to demonstrate major race and insurance-based disparities in survival after trauma. As PI of the EQUALITY study, he hopes to bring similar attention to disparities among LGBT patients and help improve the patient centeredness of their care. Dr Haider has published more than 125 scientific publications and has received numerous awards for his research, including the prestigious Jacobson award. He has received research funding from the National Institutes of Health, the American College of Surgeons, and the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute.
Rachel Adler, ScD, RD
EQUALITY Project Director
Rachel Adler, ScD, RD is a Senior Project Manager at CSPH. Dr. Adler is passionate about improving the lives of individuals and communities, and uses her training in social, environmental, and policy determinants of health and health behaviors to manage the Emergency Department Query for for Patient-Centered Approaches to Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (EQUALITY) Study. She brings to the center a strong background in mixed methods and community-based research. Dr. Adler has partnered with local and national organizations for research and to advocate for policy change.
Omar Harfouch, MD MPH
Post-Doctoral Research Fellow
Omar Harfouch graduated from medical school from the Saint Joseph University in Beirut, Lebanon. He received his masters of public health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He is currently the vice-president of the Lebanese Medical Association for Sexual Health. He is interested in advancing research and health outcomes among LGBT populations both in the United States and globally. He has joined the EQUALITY team knowing that this study will ensure best care to LGBT patients.
Senior Research Assistant
Danielle's interests lie in the intersection of public health, human rights, and social justice, and specifically include LGBT and Latino health, harm reduction, and HIV/AIDS. Prior to joining the EQUALITY team, Danielle was a Program Officer at FHI 360 with the LINKAGES project, a USAID-funded global HIV project serving key populations. She volunteered with HIPS, a DC-based harm reduction organization conducting HIV outreach and needle exchange with street-based sex workers, transgender people, and people who inject drugs. Danielle received a BA in International Affairs with concentrations in Global Public Health and International Development from the George Washington University in Washington, DC. She expects to begin an MPH program specializing in community health next year.
Lisa Kodadek, MD
Post-Doctoral Research Fellow
Dr. Kodadek's academic interests include using qualitative research methods to better understand patient-centered approaches to improving healthcare. She received a BS in Biochemistry from the University of California, San Diego and her medical degree from The Medical College of Wisconsin. She is currently a general surgery resident at Johns Hopkins and plans to specialize in trauma and critical care surgery.
Allysha Robinson, MPH
Allysha Robinson is originally from Miami, Florida. She is a fifth-year Brown Scholar in Community Health, and a PhD Candidate in the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in the Department of Health, Behavior, and Society. She hopes to contribute her mixed methodology research skills to the EQUALITY project. She enjoys a capella singing, baking, and Zumba in her spare time.