About Us

Top row from left: Kathy Oka, Alma Jusufagic, Jennifer Soares, Timothy Daskivich, MD. Middle row from left: Taylor Dupuy, Xiaoyu Liu, Mechauna Thierry, Welmoed Van Deen, MD, Christopher Almario, MD. Front row from left: Brandon Birckhead, MD, Mayra Lopez and Brennan Spiegel, MD.

The Cedars-Sinai Center for Outcomes Research and Education (CS-CORE) is a group of academicians that supports high quality research efforts using a health services research model. Members of the center have published extensively in the fields of healthcare quality measurements, patient-reported outcome (PRO) development, healthcare decision making, health economics and digital health sciences.

CS-CORE maintains a balance between clinical physicians with training in health services research, and rigorously trained methodologists with expertise across a wide range of techniques. This allows the center to apply advanced analytic techniques to practical, clinically oriented research projects that ultimately revolve around patients and their perspectives.

Members of CS-CORE routinely interact with social scientists, epidemiologists, health economists, psychometricians, biostatisticians, computer scientists, engineers and physicians focused in multiple medical specialties. CS-CORE scientists work closely across Cedars-Sinai and partner with a vibrant external community of university, government and healthcare institutions. This model positions CS-CORE to carry out high-level research in an efficient and effective manner across a broad spectrum of topics.

In addition to its focus on traditional health services research techniques, CS-CORE is also developing new technological innovations to expand care outside of the provider visit. Using patient-provider electronic portals to support clinical decision-making in electronic health records, social media as a clinical tool and a range of wearable biosensors to track physiology remotely and in real time, the center’s research is providing powerful methods to understand patients.