Who We Are

Jeffrey (Jerry) G. Jarvik, MD, MPH

Jeffrey (Jerry) G. Jarvik, MD, MPH

Principal Investigator (PI) and Director of the Administrative Core

Biography

Dr. Jarvik is a Professor of Radiology with joint appointments in the Departments of Neurological Surgery and Health Services (School of Public Health) and adjunct appointments in the Departments of Orthopedics & Sports Medicine and Pharmacy at the University of Washington. He is the Co-Director of the Comparative Effectiveness, Cost and Outcomes Research Center (CECORC) and has been researching back pain for over 2 decades. Dr. Jarvik has been the PI or Co-I of multiple large grants from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and NIH and is currently PI of LIRE, a large pragmatic randomized controlled trial of a lumbar spine imaging reporting intervention.

Patrick J. Heagerty, PhD

Patrick J. Heagerty, PhD

Associate Director of the Administrative Core and Director of the Methodology Core

Biography

Dr. Heagerty is Professor and Chair of the Department of Biostatistics at the University of Washington and leads the Center for Biomedical Statistics (CBS), which coordinates biostatistical collaboration within health sciences departments. As Director of CBS, he leads Data Coordinating Centers for the evaluation of therapeutics, surgical interventions, medical procedures, and clinical delivery. He has expertise in the analysis of longitudinal data, methods for prognostic biomarker evaluation, and design and analysis of cluster-randomized trials.

Janna Friedly, MD

Janna Friedly, MD

Director of the Resource Core

Biography

Dr. Friedly is an Associate Professor and Vice Chair for Clinical Affairs in Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Washington (UW) and Medical Director of the Outpatient Rehabilitation Clinics at Harborview Medical Center. She serves on the UW Physicians Board of Trustees and Executive Committee and is Co-Director of the Comparative Effectiveness, Cost and Outcomes Research Center (CECORC). Dr. Friedly has clinical expertise in treating patients with chronic pain and extensive research experience in health services and study design. She was most recently PI of a large, AHRQ-funded multicenter comparative effectiveness trial of epidural steroid injections for spinal stenosis (LESS trial).

Danielle C. Lavallee, PharmD, PhD

Danielle C. Lavallee, PharmD, PhD

Associate Director of the Resource Core

Biography

Dr. Lavallee is a Research Associate Professor and patient-centered outcomes research (PCOR) investigator in the Department of Surgery at the University of Washington. She oversees a survey center which facilitates direct-to-patient surveying for several research initiatives, including a NIAMS-sponsored spine surgery study. She also leads stakeholder and patient engagement for the Comparative Effectiveness Research and Translation Network (CERTAIN).

Sean D. Mooney, PhD

Sean D. Mooney, PhD

Associate Director of the Methodologic Core

Biography

Dr. Mooney is a leader in the fields of computational biology and biomedical informatics. He heads Research IT for UW Medicine and manages the biomedical informatics teams in the University of Washington Institute of Translational Health Sciences. He brings significant experience in web engineering, data management, analytic software development, and dissemination of public and protected datasets. He leads the clinical research repositories for UW Medicine, along with many clinical research systems that support research activities with the UW Medicine system.

Kathryn James, PA, MPH

Kathryn James, PA, MPH

Executive Administrator

Biography

Ms. James trained as a Physician Assistant and holds a Masters in Public Health from Emory University. She has worked at the Comparative Effectiveness, Cost and Outcomes Research Center (CECORC) at the University of Washington for the past thirteen years as a Project Director for both observational studies and clinical trials, most recently with the BOLD and LIRE studies. She works closely with Drs. Jarvik, Heagerty, and Friedly in her role as the Administrative and Operations Director of CECORC, where she manages overall program development.