Our Team

Principal Investigators

Lewis Kazis Lewis E. Kazis, ScD

Principal Investigator, LIBRE

Director, Center for the Assessment of Pharmaceutical Practices
Professor, Health Policy & Management,
Boston University School of Public Health

Dr. Kazis is Professor of Health Policy and Management and Director of the Center for the Assessment of Pharmaceutical Practices (CAPP) at the Boston University School of Public Health. He received his doctoral degree from Harvard University School of Public Health in 1980. Dr. Kazis conducts research projects for the Centers for Disease control (CDC) and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) in the area of quality of care and patient reported outcomes. He has also collaborated with Massachusetts General Hospital and Shriner’s Hospitals for Children on the evaluation and development of the Burn Outcomes Questionnaire and the Young Adult Burn Outcomes Questionnaire.

 

Alan JetterAlan M. Jette, PT, PhD

Principal Investigator, LIBRE
Director, Health & Disability Research Institute
Professor, Health Policy & Management,
Boston University School of Public Health

Dr. Jette is the Director of the Health and Disability Research Institute at the Boston University’s School of Public Health, where he also serves as Professor of Health Policy and Management. He received his M.P.H. and Ph.D. in public health from the University of Michigan. Dr. Jette’s research interests include late-life exercise, evaluation of treatment outcomes, and the measurement, epidemiology, and prevention of disability. He directs Boston University’s Rehabilitation Outcomes Center which applies modern psychometric methods to the development of the next generation of outcome instruments for post acute care and rehabilitation.

 

Co-Investigators

Amy R. Acton, RN, BSN

Co-Investigator, LIBRE
Executive Director,
The Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors

Amy Acton is the Executive Director of the The Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors and an advocate for burn injury survivors.  The Phoenix Society is a national non-profit organization that provides support and services to those impacted by a burn injury and those who care for them. She is also herself a burn survivor who prior to her role at the Phoenix Society worked for 13 years as a burn nurse and manager. She has been very involved in the American Burn Association (ABA) serving on several committees. She is co-chair of the joint committee of the Phoenix Society and ABA focusing on Aftercare and Reintegration.

 

RyanColleen M. Ryan, MD, FACS

Co-Investigator, LIBRE
Director of Clinical Care, Boston-Harvard Burn Injury Model System
Associate Professor of Surgery, Harvard Medical School
Staff Surgeon, Massachusetts General Hospital and Shriners Hospitals for Children-Boston

Dr. Ryan is a trauma surgeon and a national figure in the area of burn injury. She is the Director of Clinical Care at the Boston-Harvard Burn Injury Model System as well as Associate Professor of Surgery at the Harvard Medical School. Dr. Ryan has published landmark research in burn outcomes and is lead investigator in the development of the Young Adult Burn Outcomes Questionnaire. Her research expertise includes outcomes, employment and pain in burn injury.

 

Linda ResnikLinda J. Resnik, PT, PhD

Co-Investigator, LIBRE

Research Career Scientist, Providence VA Medical Center
Associate Professor, Health Services, Policy and Practice,
Brown University

Dr. Resnik is a PhD-trained physical therapist with a strong background and interest in outcomes studies and rehabilitation.  Her research is informed by over 20 years of clinical rehabilitation experience. Currently, she is a Research Career Scientist at the Providence VA Medical Center and Associate Professor in the Department of Health Services, Policy and Practice at Brown University.  Dr. Resnik received her Ph.D. in physical therapy from Nova Southeastern University and her MS in physical therapy from Sargent College, Boston University

 

 Jeff SchneiderJeffrey C. Schneider, MD

Co-Investigator, LIBRE
Program Director, Boston-Harvard Burn Injury Model System
Medical Director, Burn and Trauma Program, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital

Dr. Schneider is a rehabilitation medicine specialist and national expert in burn injury rehabilitation. He is the Director of the Burn Rehabilitation Outcomes Group that has developed wide-ranging collaborations, produced numerous national presentations and articles, and demonstrated a strong history of grant support. Dr. Schneider is also the Program Director of the NIDRR-sponsored Harvard-Boston Burn Injury Model System. He is an Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the Harvard Medical School and the Medical Director of the Burn and Trauma Program at the Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital.

 

Mary SlavinMary D. Slavin, PT, PhD

Co-Investigator, LIBRE

Director of Research and Dissemination,
Health and Disability Research Institute,
Boston University School of Public Health

Dr. Slavin is a physical therapist with more than 30 years of experience in the rehabilitation field as a clinician, educator and researcher. Her interests include promoting evidence-based practice in rehabilitation and use of appropriate measures to assess rehabilitation outcomes. She has contributed significantly to two computer adaptive tests (CAT): the Activity Measure for Post-Acute Care (AM-PAC) and the Spinal Cord Injury Functional Index (SCI-FI).  Dr.  Slavin is currently the Director of Education and Dissemination at the Health and Disability Research Institute at the Boston University School of Public Health.

 

Tompkins 2Ronald G. Tompkins, MD, ScD

Co-Investigator, LIBRE

Division Chief, Surgery, Science & Bioengineering, Massachusetts General Hospital
Sumner M. Redstone Professor of Surgery, Harvard Medical School 

Dr. Tompkins is a national leader in burn research and outcomes as well as past-president of the American Burn Association and International Society of Burn Injury.  He is the Division Chief of Surgery in Science & Engineering at the Massachusetts General Hospital, Chief of Staff Emeritus at Shriners Hospitals for Children, Boston, and Sumner M. Redstone Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Tompkins’ primary research interests are in physiology of inflammation and burn healing.

 

RRoss Zafonteoss D. Zafonte, DO

Co-Investigator, LIBRE

Professor and Chair Department of PM&R, Harvard Medical School
Vice President of Medical Affairs, Research and Education
Spaulding Rehabilitation Network

Dr. Zafonte has broad experience in rehabilitation research funded by the National Institutes of Health, the US Centers for Disease Control and the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation. He is the author of numerous publications about traumatic brain injuries and other rehabilitation topics, has served as an editor on several successful rehabilitation textbooks and has given more than 100 national and international presentations on rehabilitation. Dr. Zafonte completed his residency in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, where he served as chief resident.

 

Staff

AmayaFlor Amaya, MPH

LIBRE Staff

Research Coordinator
Department of Health Policy and Management
Boston University School of Public Health

Flor Amaya received her MPH in Epidemiology and Social and Behavioral Sciences from Boston University School of Public Health.  She is the LIBRE Research Program Coordinator and has over five years of coordinating experience having previously worked in municipal government and Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine.  Flor holds a BS in Exercise Science from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and is interested in population based physical rehabilitation research.

 

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Emily Dore, MSW

LIBRE Staff

Research Coordinator
Department of Health Policy and Management
Boston University School of Public Health

Emily Dore is currently an MPH student in the Department of Health Policy & Management at the Boston University School of Public Health, where she also works as the LIBRE Research Coordinator. Emily has several years of coordination and research experience, most recently from her work with Leah’s Pantry in California and also with the Boston Housing Authority, here in Massachusetts. Emily received her MSW in Macro Social Work in 2015 from Boston University School of Social Work and her BA in Art History and Italian Studies from Boston University College of Arts and Sciences.

 

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Julieta Lomelin-Gascon, MD

LIBRE Staff

Research Assistant
Department of Health Policy and Management
Boston University School of Public Health

Julieta Lomelin-Gascon is currently an MPH student in the Health care Management Certificate at Boston University School of Public Health. She works as a research assistant with Dr. Kazis in the department of Health Policy and Management. Julieta is a primary care doctor from Mexico with clinical and research experience.

 

MarinoMolly Marino, MPH

LIBRE Staff

Graduate Research Assistant
Health and Disability Research Institute
Boston University School of Public Health

Molly Marino is a PhD student in the Health Services Research program at Boston University School of Public Health. She works as Graduate Research Assistant with the Health & Disability Research Institute and the Research Center Manager for the Boston Rehabilitation Outcome Measurement Center. Molly received her MPH in Health Policy & Management from the Boston University School of Public Health and BS in Biology & Society from Cornell University.

 

emily-oEmily A. Ohrtman, BA

LIBRE Staff

Research Assistant
Boston-Harvard Burn Injury Model System
Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital

Emily Ohrtman graduated from Smith College with a degree in Anthropology and Neuroscience and now works as a Research Assistant for the Boston-Harvard Burn Injury Model System. Currently, she is working on a project in conjunction with the Spaulding Neuromodulation lab in which she looks at cortical modulation with transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) in relation to symptoms following burn injury.

 

Gabriel Shapiro photoGabriel Shapiro, PhD

LIBRE Staff

Data Analyst
Department of Health Policy and Management
Boston University School of Public Health

Gabriel Shapiro received his MPH in epidemiology from Boston University School of Public Health in 2006 and has worked since that time as a data analyst for Dr. Lewis Kazis in the Department of Health Policy and Management. He has been involved in projects with BU, Shriners Hospitals for Children and MGH in the areas of screening, quality of care and health outcomes measurement. Gabriel is currently completing his Ph.D. in epidemiology at the University of Montreal and is a dedicated amateur classical musician.

 

Laura SimkoLaura C. Simko, BS

LIBRE Staff

Project Coordinator
Boston-Harvard Burn Injury Model System
Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital

Laura Simko graduated from Boston College with a BS in Physics.  She is the Project Coordinator for the Boston-Harvard Burn Injury Model System focusing on research and the dissemination of information to assist burn survivors in achieving the best possible outcomes after their injury.  Additionally, she acts as a liaison between the Boston-Harvard Burn Injury Model System and burn survivor groups.

 

Lily Sonis, LCSW

LIBRE Staff

Graduate Research Assistant
Department of Health Policy and Management
Boston University School of Public Health

Lily Sonis is an MPH student in the Department of Epidemiology at the Boston University School of Public Health and works as a research assistant with Dr. Kazis in the Department of Health Policy & Management.  Lily has clinical experience working in a social work role with refugee and immigrant patients at Boston Medical Center as well as research experience at McLean Hospital and the Yale University Child Study Center.  She received her MSW in Clinical Social Work from Boston University School of Social Work in 2016, and became a licensed certified social worker (LCSW).  She received her BA in Psychology and French from Connecticut College.