Jing Li, MD, MS, is the Associate Director of the Center for Health Services Research and the Director of the Office for Value & Innovation in HealthCare Delivery. She is also an Assistant Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Kentucky. She graduated from Tianjin Medical University and completed residency training in anesthesiology at the Tianjin Medical University General Hospital and subsequent clinical research training. In 2002, she completed a Master degree in Computer & Information Sciences from University of Alabama at Birmingham. Dr. Li has 13 years of experience and expertise in research methodologies, quality improvement, and program implementation & evaluation. She has directed multiple projects and collaboratives to develop community coalitions, promote team-based care, improve care coordination, and enhance in-setting & cross-setting teamwork. Prior to coming to UK, Dr. Li co-developed & led three statewide quality improvement programs, which were implemented in 60+ hospitals in Illinois to promote system and culture change, optimize processes, and improve patient care. Previously, she worked at the Alabama Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) for 6 years and focused on improving health care through process improvement, performance measurement and health information technology. Dr. Li has received funding from NIH, PCORI, CMS, and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois.
Research Interests: Health and health care delivery model; Implementation science; Quality and process improvement; Evidence-based practice/program uptake and implementation; Care transitions/coordination; Teamwork; Community engagement; and Social determinants of health.
Current Research Projects: Project ACHIEVE (Achieving Patient-Centered Care and Optimized Health In Care Transitions by Evaluating the Value of Evidence); Project BOOST; Project MISSION (Developing a multicomponent, Multilevel Implementation Strategy for Syncope OptimalCare through engagement); Tracking and Evaluation Core of UK’s Center for Clinical and Translational Science; Kentucky Consortium for Accountable Health Communities; Examining Social Influences on Syringe Exchange Uptake Among Rural PWID at Risk for HIV
Devin Oller, MD is an Assistant Professor in the Center for Health Services Research and the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Kentucky. Prior to joining CHSR, he served as one of the inaugural fellows in Rural Health Leadership and as Ambulatory Chief Resident at Massachusetts General Hospital.
Dr. Oller’s research has focused on integrating peer support in the management of substance use disorders, innovating primary care behavioral health curricula, and improving the care for patients with complex chronic illness. He has showcased this work in oral presentations and workshops at national conferences. He comes to CHSR with the goal of developing and evaluating robust quality improvement initiatives targeting the care of patients with substance use disorders.
Dr. Oller earned his Bachelor of Arts in English at the College of William & Mary, where he received the James Monroe Prize in Civic Leadership. He attended Temple University School of Medicine, where he was awarded the Thomas M Durant Prize in Internal Medicine.
Research Interests: Substance use disorders; harm reduction; quality improvement; graduate medical education curriculum development and innovation; healthcare access and delivery in rural settings.
Brittany L. Smalls, PhD, MHSA, is an Assistant Professor in the Center for Health Services Research and Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Kentucky. Before coming to CHSR, she was Senior Project Manager at Brigham and Women's Hospital's Center for Surgery and Public Health and a member of faculty at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.
Dr. Smalls' research interests include health disparities, global health, and social determinants of health within the confines of complex chronic illnesses. Her work has included the assessment of social determinants of health on type 2 diabetes health outcomes, specifically community and neighborhood characteristics. Currently, Dr. Smalls is redirecting her research to focus on the burden of complex chronic illness in the older population, the impact of social determinants, and the development of patient-centered interventions to alleviate identified burdens.
Dr. Smalls has earned her Bachelor of Science in Anthropology from the College of Charleston, a Master's in Health Services Administration from Strayer University, and a doctorate in Health and Rehabilitation Science with a concentration in Health Services Research from the Medical University of South Carolina.
Research Interests: Complex chronic disease; Social support; Social networks; Older adults; Social determinants of health
Current Research Projects: Social Network Analysis and Social Support Intervention for Rural Dwelling Older Adults with T2DM
Hilary L. Surratt, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Center for Health Services Research and the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Kentucky. Before coming to CHSR, she was Professor and Co-Director of the Center for Applied Research on Substance Use and Health Disparities at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She also maintains an affiliation as a Guest Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul in Porto Alegre, Brazil.
Dr. Surratt has expertise in the areas of illicit and prescription drug abuse, prescription drug diversion, and drug-related HIV infection. Her work has included the development and evaluation of behavioral HIV and HCV interventions for vulnerable substance abusing populations, as well as epidemiologic studies of prescription drug diversion, including opioid analgesics and antiretroviral medications. She has served as PI or Co-Investigator on more than 10 NIH-funded studies, and has substantial experience with cross-cultural research, having previously served as a senior investigator on several HIV prevention/intervention initiatives in Brazil and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Her current research focuses on the examination of syringe exchange programs in Kentucky and the development of targeted interventions to link prescription opioid injectors to substance abuse treatment.
Dr. Surratt has published widely in both English and foreign-language journals in the areas of substance abuse, drug diversion, HIV/AIDS, violence, and drug policy. She has authored or co-authored more than 100 peer-reviewed scientific articles, and is an active participant in professional meetings, both in the United States and internationally. She obtained her BS in Psychology from the University of Florida, an MA in Sociology/Latin American Studies from the University of Florida, and a Doctorate in Psychology from the Graduate School & University Center, City University of New York.
Research Interests: Substance abuse and health disparities research; Evidence-based intervention and policy approaches to reduce the health harms of opioid abuse, Social determinants of health; neighborhood, community-level characteristics that affect patterns of substance abuse, HIV risk/resiliency, behavior change; Structural drivers of health behaviors and outcome; HIV-related stigma; health service access; Translation of evidence-based research findings into applied practice and policy; Participatory research methods; mixed methods research approaches
Current Research Projects: Tracking and Evaluation Core of UK’s Center for Clinical and Translational Science; Kentucky Consortium for Accountable Health Communities; Examining Social Influences on Syringe Exchange Uptake Among Rural PWID at Risk for HIV; Project MISSION (Developing a multicomponent, Multilevel Implementation Strategy for Syncope OptimalCare through engagement)
Mark V. Williams, MD, FACP, MHM, serves as Director of the Center for Health Services Research at the University of Kentucky and Chief Quality & Transformation Officer for UK HealthCare. As Professor and Vice-Chair of the Department of Internal Medicine he developed the Division of Hospital Medicine and oversaw its growth to > 70 faculty. After graduating from the Emory University School of Medicine, he completed a residency in internal medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital.
Dr. Williams established the first hospitalist program at a public hospital in 1998, and built three of the largest academic hospitalist programs in the U.S. at Emory (1998-2007), Northwestern (2007-2013) Universities and the University of Kentucky (2014-2018). A Past President of the Society of Hospital Medicine and the Founding Editor of the Journal of Hospital Medicine, he actively promotes the role of hospitalists as leaders in delivery of health care to hospitalized patients.
Since his arrival at UK in January 2014, he facilitated growth of the Center for Health Services Research from 2 people to 50+ and helped secure more than $24 million in federal awards. In 2018 his research accomplishments were recognized with designation as a UK University Research Professor.
He has been quoted in the NY Times, Wall Street Journal and Consumer Reports. With a history of more than $34 million in grants and contracts as principal or co-principal investigator and 150+ publications, Dr. Williams’ research focuses on implementation science, learning health systems, care transitions, teamwork and the role of health literacy in the delivery of health care.
Research Interests: Care Transitions; Quality Improvement; Social determinants of care; Value-based care; Health care delivery; Evidence-based Medicine; Health Literacy
Current Research Projects: Project ACHIEVE (Achieving Patient-Centered Care and Optimized Health In Care Transitions by Evaluating the Value of Evidence); Kentucky Consortium for Accountable Health Communities (KC-AHC); Project MISSION (Developing a multicomponent, Multilevel Implementation Strategy for Syncope OptimalCare through eNgagement); Multi-Center Medication Reconciliation Quality Improvement Study (MARQUIS-2); Tracking and Evaluation Core of UK’s Center for Clinical and Translational Science; Kentucky Consortium for Accountable Health Communities