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John M. Brooks, PhD, Endowed Chair, SmartState Center for Effectiveness Research in Orthopaedics (CERortho) Dr. Brooks a health economist with a focus on estimating treatment effectiveness using observational healthcare databases. He has a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Michigan.

Dr. Brooks was a Service Fellow at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and a Professor at the University of Iowa Colleges of Pharmacy and Public Health prior to coming to the University of South Carolina. He is presently the Director of Center for Effectiveness Research in Orthopaedics (CERortho) which is a collaborative effort between the University of South Carolina and the Greenville Hospital System to promote comparative effectiveness research (CER) in orthopaedic care.

His research focuses on tackling the theoretical and empirical issues surrounding CER. His research has been published in Health Services Research, Inquiry, Value in Health, Medical Care, Journal of Health Economics, Health Economics and Clinical Therapeutics.
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Melanie Cozad, PhD, is an assistant professor in the Department of Health Services Policy and Management and the Center for Effectiveness Research in Orthopedics at the Arnold School of Public Health, University of South Carolina. Dr. Cozad’s research primarily focuses on developing a methodology to enhance conversations between patients and their providers about their priorities regarding treatment options and outcomes.

She has also worked on projects to quantify how changes within the health care industry affect hospitals, hospices, and home health agencies. Her research focused on the implications of the Affordable Care Act on hospital utilization, capacity, the workforce, and its profitability as well as how effective hospices and home health care agencies are in delivering palliative care to children.

Dr. Cozad joined the Arnold School of Public Health after having spent three years as an assistant professor at Furman University. She has an applied microeconomic background in health care, completing her Ph.D. in Economics at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK) in 2012. She earned an M.A. in Economics from UTK in 2010, an MBA from Cameron University in 2007, and a B.S. in Economics from the United States Naval Academy in 2002. Dr. Cozad also served five years in the United States Marine Corps.
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Sarah Bauer Floyd, PhD has been with the CERortho team since January of 2016. She received her doctorate in Health Services Research from the University of Florida in 2016.

Her research interests include orthopaedic treatment pathways, comparative effectiveness research, performance measures and organizational-level care delivery models. From her dissertation and previous public health research experience, she has expertise working with large Medicare claims databases and is currently working on projects exploring treatment pathways for patients with knee and shoulder osteoarthritis, variation in the utilization of shoulder arthroplasty procedures, and rates and causes of surgical complications following shoulder arthroplasty. 

Dr. Floyd also is doing work in the area of sports medicine performance measurement, patient-centered care and patient outcome valuation.

Dr. Floyd is a member of AcademyHealth and the American Public Health Association. In addition to publishing her own research articles in BMC Family Practice and Cancer Causes & Control, Dr. Floyd has served as a reviewer for numerous peer-reviewed journals including The Journal of Primary Care and Community Health and Medical Care.
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Ellen Shanley, PhD, PT, OCS Director, Athletic Injury Research, Prevention and Education

Dr. Shanley is responsible for the injury prevention research program with an overall goal to reduce the incidence and impact of athletic injuries. Ultimately, the program will advance the positive resolution of sports injuries and promote life-long health of athletes and orthopaedic patients. Attainment of these goals depends on quality research, education, and effective clinical practice. The core asset for this research program is the Greenville Health System athletic trainer network database. Dr. Shanley is leading CERortho's collaboration efforts with trainer network management to asses potential center support needs leading to the effective collection of athletic injury data.

In addition, Dr. Shanley will work in collaboration with partners to develop injury monitoring tools, athletic exposures, risk factors, and treatment interventions across the continuum of the individual’s health. The director will also serve as an advisor for development, execution, and dissemination of the injury prevention research and education efforts of the CERortho.
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Chuck Thigpen, PhD, PT, ATC Director, Program in Observational Clinical Research in Orthopedics

Dr. Thigpen is leading an effort to generate clinical evidence by assessing treatment variation provided to orthopedic patients and the resultant outcome implications across the care continuum. The keystone of generating impactful evidence is the ability to link clinical diagnosis and the subsequent treatments patients receive for pain and disability related to orthopedic disease to patient reported outcomes. The ability to meet this goal hinges upon a data collection system that accurately and fully measures for each patient clinical diagnosis, factors affecting treatment choices, the resultant treatment choices and ultimate outcome. This data collection system will provides the best opportunity to assess the patient-centeredness of treatment choices, and to demonstrate the comparative effectiveness of alternative treatment choices in real world orthopedic practice.

Dr. Thigpen will work in collaboration with partners to define and assist with the implement a data collection system for assessing patient-centered care and the comparative effectiveness of orthopedic treatments. The data collection system will be originated within the Steadman-Hawkins Clinics of the Carolinas, ATI Therapy and the Greenville Hospital System.

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