Databases as Vehicles for Comparative Effectiveness Research

Authors: Christina A. Minami MD and Karl Y. Bilimoria MD, MS
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Christina A. Minami, MD, is a General Surgery resident at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and research fellow at the Center for Healthcare Studies at Northwestern University. She is also currently in the process of earning her Masters in Health Services and Outcomes Research at Northwestern and intends to pursue a career in surgical oncology.

The ideas and viewpoints expressed in this commentary are those of the author and do not necessarily represent any policy, position, or program of NCCN.

Karl Y. Bilimoria, MD, MS, is a surgical oncologist at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center. He is the Vice Chair for Quality in the Department of Surgery at the Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University and is the Director of the Surgical Outcomes and Quality Improvement Research Center. His research is funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the American Cancer Society, the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, the American College of Surgeons, the American Board of Surgery, the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, the California Health Care Foundation, the Health Care Services Corporation, and the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University. After completing his General Surgery residency training at Northwestern, he went on to a Surgical Oncology Fellowship at the M D Anderson Cancer Center.

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