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Leadership and Consortium

Program directors:

Stephenie C. Lemon, PhD is Professor and Chief of the Division of Preventive and Behavioral Medicine in the Department of Population and Quantitative Health Sciences. She serves as Co-Director of the UMass Worcester Prevention Research Center and Director of the Community Engagement Core of the UMass Center for Clinical and Translational Science. Dr. Lemon is a recognized leader in chronic disease prevention and control research, implementation science and community engagement in research. Dr. Lemon serves as co-Director of an NCI-funded post-doctoral training program in implementation science and as co-Director of an NHLBI-funded institutional K12 program in implementation science.

Peter K. Lindenauer, MD, MSc,  is Director of the Institute for Healthcare Delivery and Population Science, and Assistant Dean of Population Health, University of Massachusetts Medical School-Baystate. A practicing hospitalist, Dr. Lindenauer has expertise in the fields of comparative effectiveness research and implementation science. His research focuses on improving the care for patients with obstructive lung disease. 

Renda Wiener, MD, MPH, is Associate Director of the Center for Healthcare Organization and Implementation Research (CHOIR) at VHA, Bedford (MA);  Director, CHOIR Medication Optimization Program; Associate Professor, Boston University School of Medicine;     Pulmonary Staff Physician, Bedford VAMC, and Adjunct Faculty, the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy & Clinical Practice. Her research interests are diffusion of innovation and harms of non-evidence-based care, improving clinical decision-making and patient centered care, lung cancer screening and pulmonary nodule evaluation, and medication optimization.


This training program is a collaboration of three institutions in Massachusetts:

1) University of Massachusetts Medical School (The Hub of the Consortium): Located in Worcester, MA. 

2) UMMS-Baystate Institute for Healthcare Delivery and Population Science: Located in Springfield, MA.

3) VHA Center for Healthcare Organization and Implementation Research (VHA CHOIR): A collaboration of the Bedford and Boston, MA Veterans Health Administration sites.  

Our multi-disciplinary faculty include experts in cardiopulmonary disease prevention, treatment and management. We represent diverse departments and centers across the UMass campus in Worcester, and at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield and at the VHA Center for Healthcare Organization and Implementation Research in Bedford and Boston.  Scholars are recruited from all these sites. 



MCCISS is one of ten funded implementation research training program grants  awarded by the Center for Translation Research and Implementation Science (CTRIS) of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute.  The goal of this national initiative is to build and foster a sustainable, diverse and properly trained research workforce, responding to a shortage of scientists with the skills needed to move science discoveries into practice. These grants are part of the NIH K12 training initiative, specifically directed at scientists in the early part of their career. Read more about the NHLBI K12 initiative here.

NHLBI is developing virtual and in-person opportunities for scholars to meet and consult with each other and investigators at the various sites, around their projects and other implementation science topics.