CHeSS Core Staff
David Meltzer, MD, PhD, Director
Dr. Meltzer is an associate professor in the Department of Medicine and an associated faculty member in the Harris School and the Department of Economics. His research explores problems in health economics and public policy with a focus on the theoretical foundations of medical cost-effectiveness analysis and the effects of managed care and medical specialization on the cost and quality of care, especially in teaching hospitals. Dr. Meltzer is currently completing a randomized trial comparing the use of doctors who specialize in inpatient care (“hospitalists”) with traditional physicians in six academic medical centers. He received his MD and PhD in economics from the University of Chicago and completed his residency in internal medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.
Ellen Cohen, Executive Director
Ellen Cohen is the former Dean of Students at the Harris School of Public Policy, University of Chicago. There, she collaborated with faculty on interdisciplinary curriculum development and training programs, research and applied learning opportunities for students, and worked with external groups to create forums where researchers, practitioners and students apply evidence-based analysis to policy problems across domains. Before joining the Harris School, Ellen held administrative positions at DePaul University, the Art Institute of Chicago, Brandeis University and Brown University. She holds a Master’s degree from the Harris School and a Bachelor’s degree in economics from Brown University.
Gavin W. Hougham, PhD, Deputy Director
Prior to joining the Section of Hospital Medicine faculty in 2010, Dr. Hougham led The John A. Hartford Foundation's $63 million Medicine Program, which was designed to expand the capacity of the nation's physicians to better care for older adults. He has published in the areas of research ethics, informed consent with the cognitively impaired, cross-cultural (Japanese) gerontology, trajectories of grief, and various aspects of dementia care. He is currently working on developing new methods of longitudinal data analysis in geriatric populations. Dr. Hougham received MA and PhD degrees in sociology from the University of Chicago, and completed a National Science Foundation Fellowship at the Tokyo Metropolitan Institute of Gerontology.
Ellie An, MA, Post-Award Manager
Ellie An manages financial and administrative aspects of grants after they have been awarded. She administers various post-award processes including effort and financial reports. She holds a master's degree from Social Services Administration at the University of Chicago with a concentration in Administration, and a bachelor's degree from University of Illinois-Urbana.
Valerie Burgest, MA, Pre-Award Grants and Contracts Coordinator
Valerie Burgest is part of the pre-award and contract development team. She has more than 20 years of experience working in community health and grants management and a master's degree in industrial and organizational psychology with a concentration in health administration.
Coleman B. Evans, Director of Training Programs
Coleman Evans joins us from the Section of Cardiology. His responsibilities encompass administration of training programs and grants for the Center. He is currently completing a Master’s of Education in the department of Educational Policy Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His primary research interests involve disparities in educational attainment as well as diversity challenges in institutions of higher education.
Geraldine Harges, Project Assistant
Geri Harges provides administrative support to the Director and Executive Director of the Center and coordinates a variety of projects including the Health Economics Workshop and Regis J. Fallon Lecture Series. She also plans events, coordinates travel, processes space and conference room requests, and is the office manager for the Center.
Angelique Johnson, Pre-Award Grant and Contracts Administrator
Angelique Johnson brings several years of grant and contract management experience to the pre-award and contract development work of the Center. Angelique received her bachelor’s degree in Biology/Pre-Med from Bethune-Cookman University, a Historically Black College and University.
Christopher S. Lyttle, MA, Director of Methods Core
Christopher Lyttle is a health services researcher with a background in social psychology. He received his Masters degree from the University of Chicago. He has been a project manager and analyst for projects on a wide variety of topics: barriers to health care, graduate medical education, oral health, asthma, nursing home initiatives, defining episodes of care, and more. These projects have ranged from the very small to international in scale. His primary interest is in research methodology, with additional interest in social equity.
Edevina Quetua, MSJ, Pre-Award Grants and Contracts Coordinator
Edevina Quetua is part of the pre-award and contract development team and comes to CHeSS with several years' experience in community health administration and nonprofit management, having previously worked at community health, nonprofit and AmeriCorps organizations in Chicago. She holds a bachelor's degree in applied communications and public relations from Asbury University in Kentucky and a master's degree in journalism from Northwestern University.
Kaitlyn Tierney, MLIS, Communications Specialist
Kaitlyn Tierney coordinates communications for CHeSS. She is also part of the Methods Core for Outcomes and Health Services Research, offering services in graphic arts, print layout, and interaction design; copyediting and proofreading; writing; transcription; and research strategies. Kaitlyn holds a master's degree in Library and Information Science from San Jose State University and a BA from the University of California, San Diego, and a Certificate in Medical Writing & Editing from the University of Chicago's Graham School.