Leadership - Seattle-Denver Center of Innovation (COIN)
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Seattle-Denver Center of Innovation (COIN)


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David Au, MD, MS and Michael Ho, MD serve as Co-Directors of the Center of Innovation and have worked together in a leadership capacity since 2011 as Co-Directors of the Denver-Seattle Office of Specialty Care Transformation Evaluation Center

Both Directors share equally in the scientific direction and overall financial allocations for the COIN, however each is responsible for the oversight of location-specific personnel and day-to-day fiscal activities. 

Dr. David Au is a Professor of Medicine and an integral member of the HSR&D program in Seattle since 1998. He has had a strong history of independent funding from VA and non-VA sources, mentoring junior investigators across the country, and co-leading the clinical research training program at the University of Washington Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine. He serves in a number of national level organizations and steering committees including the Board of Directors for the American Thoracic Society and chaired the 2012 International Conference attended by 13,000 researchers and clinicians. Dr. Au has been Acting Director since April 2011 and in October 2012 was endorsed to serve as Director after a national search. 

Dr. Michael Ho is an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Colorado Denver and a cardiologist. He was a HSR&D Career Development Awardee (CDA) and has been an active investigator within Denver HSR&D since 2004. Dr. Ho is well funded and extensively published with 87 manuscripts in high impact journals such as JAMA. He co-directs the Denver-Seattle Specialty Care Evaluation Center along with Dr. Au, and serves in leadership positions on several national cardiology organizations. He chairs the American Heart Association (AHA) outcomes research peer review committee and participated in establishing the  performance measures for patients with myocardial infarction which has been adopted nationally. Currently, he is a member of the Taskforce on Performance Measures supported by AHA and the American College of Cardiology which oversees all performance measure activities of these two organizations. He also directs the cardiovascular outcomes research fellowship in Denver which currently has three research fellows for whom he also serves as their mentor.

Associate Directors
Cari Levy, MD, PhD and Chuck Maynard, PhD, MSW serve as Associate Directors.

Dr. Cari Levy is an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Colorado Denver with board certification in geriatrics and palliative medicine. She is a former HSR&D Career Development Awardee (CDA). Dr. Levy serves as Director of Palliative Medicine at the Denver VA, president of the Colorado Center for Hospice and Palliative Care, and is on the board of directors for the American Medical Directors Association.

Dr. Chuck Maynard is a core investigator in HSR&D and Research Professor Emeritus in the Department of Health Services at the University of Washington.  He is also affiliated with the Seattle Epidemiologic Research and Information Center (ERIC). His research interests include cardiovascular data analysis and VA administrative databases. He received his PhD in Sociology and Master of Social Work from the University of Washington.