Early Career Faculty Advisory Council

Our early career faculty comprise one of the most dynamic, creative, and increasingly knowledgeable segments of our membership, contributing a breadth and depth of expertise across a range of health services research (HSR)-related disciplines and specialties. These faculty hold an impressive number of leadership positions within U-M and outside organizations, and, as a group, have developed remarkable HSR skills and policy experience for individuals in the earlier part of their careers.


The mission of the Early Career Faculty Advisory Council (FAC) is to advise IHPI leadership on how to best leverage its resources to promote the success of early career faculty and accelerate the impact of their research. These individuals have accepted the challenge to help shape the council's work by offering their service during what is already an incredibly busy time in their own professional development. 


Deena Costa, Ph.D., R.N.

Assistant Professor, Systems, Populations & Leadership, School of Nursing

Professor Costa’s research focuses on improving outcomes for critically ill adults by optimizing the organization and management of critical care. She is most interested in identifying key structural and functional characteristics of ICU interprofessional teams that can be leveraged to improve the delivery of high quality, complex care for mechanically ventilated patients.  She is a trained health services researcher with clinical expertise in critical care nursing, that incorporates both quantitative and qualitative methods to examine ICU teams and outcomes.

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Donovan Maust, M.D., M.S.

Assistant Professor, Psychiatry, Medical School
Research Scientist, VA Center for Clinical Management Research, Ann Arbor Healthcare System

Dr. Maust is an assistant professor of psychiatry at the University of Michigan and research scientist with the Center for Clinical Management Research at the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System, where he joined faculty after completing a residency in psychiatry and fellowship in geriatric psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania. His research areas of interest include psychotropic use in older adults, potentially preventable hospitalization of patients with dementia, and the impact of new payment models on quality of healthcare delivery to older adults with mental illness.

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Geoffrey Barnes, M.D., M.Sc.

Assistant Professor, Internal Medicine, Medical School

Dr. Barnes is a cardiologist and vascular medicine specialist at the University of Michigan Health System. His health services research interests focus on anticoagulation care, atrial fibrillation, venous thromboembolism, quality of care and quality improvement, and patient-physician shared decision making. He currently co-directs the Michigan Anticoagulation Quality Improvement Initiative (MAQI2) a six-centered BCBSM-sponsored anticoagulation quality improvement collaborative and registry.

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Amy Bohnert, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Psychiatry, Medical School
Research Investigator, Department of Veterans’ Affairs, National Serious Mental Illness Treatment Resource and Evaluation, Ann Arbor, MI

Professor Bohnert is a mental health services researcher with training in public health who focuses her research on epidemiology and interventions regarding substance use and related disorders.  She has led a number of projects related to overdose and prescription drug safety, many aimed at improving care occurring in substance use disorder treatment settings. She has provided scientific guidance to the Governor's Prescription Drug and Opioid Abuse Task Force (MI) and is a member of the core expert group that provided guidance to the CDC in developing its opioid prescribing guidelines for chronic pain.

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Tammy Chang, M.D., M.P.H., M.S.

Assistant Professor, Family Medicine, Medical School

Dr. Chang is a health services researcher and practicing family physician with a passion for adolescent health, specifically, breaking the cycle of poverty and poor health among adolescent mothers and their children. Her research is focused on improving access to reproductive health care and promoting healthy pregnancy weight gain among at-risk adolescents. Dr. Chang completed residency training and served as co-chief resident in the department of family medicine at the University of Michigan and is an alumna of the University of Michigan Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars program.

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Mary Janevic, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Assistant Research Scientist, Health Behavior & Health Education, School of Public Health

Dr. Janevic’s work focuses on interventions to promote self-care among older adults with chronic pain and other chronic illnesses; caregiver health and family support for chronic illness management; cultural, gender, and psychosocial influences on chronic disease management and caregiving; and dissemination and implementation of evidence-based programs for chronic disease self-management support into community settings.

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Holly Jarman, Ph.D., M.Res.

Assistant Professor, Health Management & Policy, School of Public Health

Professor Jarman studies the effects of market regulation, particularly cross-border regulation, on health and social policies. She explores the consequences for health that arise when markets and political jurisdictions do not match, whether those jurisdictions are nation states or subnational governments. Her publications address questions related to the relationship between tobacco control regulation and the global trading system, the regulation of cross-border health markets and product supply chains, and cross-border data exchange to promote innovative methods of public health and environmental regulation.

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Michelle Moniz, M.D., M.Sc.

Assistant Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Medical School

Dr. Moniz is passionate about preventing unintended pregnancy, and her research focuses on access, utilization, and costs of reproductive health services. As a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar at the University of Michigan, Dr. Moniz explored public attitudes toward the ACA's contraceptive coverage mandate. She also characterized Medicaid reimbursement for immediate postpartum contraception. Her ongoing work is evaluating the clinical implementation of immediate postpartum contraception in different real-world maternity care settings.

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Scott Regenbogen, M.D., M.P.H.

Associate Professor, Surgery, Medical School

Dr. Regenbogen currently serves as surgical lead for the U-M-MidMichigan affiliation in colorectal cancer and as Co-Director of the Michigan Value Collaborative. Additionally, he is an associate editor for the journal Diseases of the Colon and Rectum. Dr. Regenbogen currently serves as chief of division of colorectal surgery as well as UM’s cancer liaison physician to the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer. He currently serves as surgical lead for the UM-MidMichigan affiliation in colorectal cancer and as a surgical associate for the Michigan Value Collaborative as well as chief of division of colorectal surgery. Dr. Regenbogen also serves as UM’s cancer liaison physician to the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer.

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Sameer Saini, M.D., M.S.

Associate Professor, Internal Medicine, Medical School
Research Scientist, VA Center for Clinical Management Research, Ann Arbor Healthcare System

Dr. Saini has a long-standing interest in appropriate use of resource-limited medical procedures, such as colonoscopy and upper endoscopy. He also has extensive experience in simulation modeling and health economic analysis. He is the Colorectal Cancer Screening Workgroup Lead for the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) Quality Measures Committee. He is also Principal Investigator of a VA-funded study that will develop more patient-centered, individualized approaches to cancer screening, including the development of patient-centered quality measures. He is also Director of the Gastroenterology Junior Faculty Health Services Research Mentoring Program (JF2K), Associate Director of the T32 GI Epidemiology Training Program at the University of Michigan, and Co-Director of the Mentoring Core at the VA Ann Arbor HSR&D Center for Clinical Management Research.

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Jennifer Waljee, M.D., M.P.H., M.S.

Associate Professor, Surgery, Medical School

Dr. Waljee’s research interests include the development and implementation of patient-reported outcomes (PROs) as quality measures for surgical conditions. Her work is focused on the factors that influence observed variation in PROs across hospitals and surgeons, and the extent to which these factors can be modified to improve surgical care. In addition, her interests include the interplay between patient-reported outcomes, clinical outcomes, and patients satisfaction, and the practical implementation of patient reported outcomes in the clinical setting.

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Lauren Wallner, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Assistant Professor, Internal Medicine and Epidemiology, Medical School

Dr. Wallner’s research interests include understanding the determinants, outcomes and utilization of health services associated with cancer and the chronic diseases. Specifically, her research program focuses on improving the quality and coordination of breast and prostate cancer care, particularly in the survivorship period. She is also interested in the design, evaluation and implementation of interventions to improve the delivery of cancer care.

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Maria Woodward, M.D., M.Sc.

Assistant Professor, Ophthalmology, Medical School

Dr. Maria Woodward is an assistant professor of ophthalmology at the University of Michigan. She is a cornea surgeon and specialist who sees patients at the University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center offices in Ann Arbor and Northville. Dr. Woodward’s research interests include telemedicine for ophthalmology with a specific focus on anterior eye diseases, cornea tissue preparation and processing for transplantation, and ophthalmology resident and fellow surgical education.

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