Connor Drake, MPA is a Program Project Leader at the Center for Research on Personalized Health Care. His research experiences include evaluating innovations in primary care, investigating group-based models of care, and implementing evidence based interventions into clinical and community settings. Prior to arriving at Duke he worked on quality improvement projects and implementation of meaningful use of the electronic health record at UNC Health Care, economic research and policy analysis at the North Carolina Department of Commerce, and served as a Legislative Aid to Congressman David Price during the national health care reform debate. He received his Masters in Public Administration from North Carolina State University, with a focus in Health Policy and Management through inter institutional studies at the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Public Health. He is interested in strategies to engage patients to in their health and health care to enable disease prevention and health promotion. His current work investigates the effectiveness of patient centered and integrative models of care to manage type II diabetes and other common chronic conditions.
Caroline Meade is a Clinical Research Coordinator at the Center for Research on Personalized Health Care. She graduated from Duke University in 2015 with a B.S. in Biology and minors in Psychology and Global Health. As an intern at the Center during the spring of 2015, Caroline worked to develop patient education and personalized health planning materials for patient and provider use in clinical interactions. She began working full time for the Center in the summer of 2015. Prior to work with the Center, Caroline interned at the Genetic Alliance, a nonprofit advocacy organization that works at the intersection of genetics and health.
At the Center, Caroline coordinates clinical research studies and grant-writing efforts, contributes to scholarly manuscripts, and manages the internship program. Caroline’s research interests are related to leveraging group-based models of care within healthcare systems, and enhancing patient engagement for self-management of chronic disease through personalized health planning. She believes that personalized goal setting for early development of healthy behaviors can be both empowering and life-changing. To read Caroline’s blog posts about personalized health care, click here.
Cindy Mitchell provides administrative support to the Center for Research on Personalized Health Care, managing day to day activities including schedules, finances, and human resources. Cindy brings over 30 years of administrative experience in the health care and insurance industries to her work at the Center.
Dr. Sharon Hull, MD, MPH is a practicing family physician, board certified in both Family Medicine and in General Preventive Medicine and Public Health, with a longstanding career in private practice, academic practice, medical education, and academic medicine administration. She is currently the Division Chief at Duke Family Medicine, where she oversees the clinical operations of the faculty practice and the educational activities of the Family Medicine Residency. She has spent over 25 years training medical students, physician assistant students, and family medicine residents in primary care, and has a demonstrable track record of collaboration across medical specialties and across health care disciplines. She has led and participated in research related to health systems change, community health improvement, and alternative health care delivery models. Dr. Hull has collaborated with the Duke Center for Research on Personalized Health Care since 2014 in the conception, design, and implementation of an intervention that brings personalized health planning into Shared Medical Appointments for individuals with type II diabetes. She serves as the Principal Investigator for this study, alongside Co-Principal Investigator Ralph Snyderman. Her insight into and experience with primary care delivery models has helped the Center visualize strategies for making personalized models of care more practical and scalable.
Adam Perlman, MD, MPH is an Associate Professor of Medicine and works within the Duke University Health System as Executive Director of Duke Integrative Medicine and in a leadership role as Associate Vice President for Health and Wellness. He has responsibility for Duke’s Health and Wellness portfolio, including Duke Integrative Medicine, the Duke Diet and Fitness Center as well as the Duke Health and Fitness Center. In his role, he is contributing to the work of healthcare transformation within and beyond the University System. Additionally, he is the Founder and Director of the Leadership Program in Integrative Healthcare at Duke University. His diverse research interests have included a clinical trial evaluating the effect of multivitamin supplementation on school performance in underserved children, a trial assessing the efficacy of massage for osteoarthritis of the knee and a survey exploring the use of CAM in patients with cancer. Most recently, he was the recipient of an R01 Research Grant, funded by the NIH’s National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, to continue his research on massage therapy for osteoarthritis of the knee. Dr. Perlman’s research has been published in the Archives of Internal Medicine and featured in the New York Times. In 2015, he co-authored meQuilibrium, 14 Days to Cooler, Calmer, and Happier, published by Harmony Books, NY. In his work at Executive Director of Duke Integrative Medicine, Dr. Perlman has developed an interest in connecting mindfulness to skills, knowledge and education required to make proactive change in one’s life to improve health and vitality. His support and research of patient-centered, personalized, and holistic models of care aligns with the mission of the Center.