I am a health services researcher and currently serve as Chief Science Officer (CSO) of the Center for Surgery and Public Health at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School. The overarching goal of my research is to explore the influence of social, political, and economic factors on health care utilization and outcomes. As CSO, I help guide the CSPH’s scientific direction through the development and implementation of its research aims. As the co-Director of the Patient Centered Comparative Effectiveness Research Center, I am responsible for promoting health services research throughout the hospital. My extensive background in health services research, and in particular survey research, case study methods, and racial-ethnic disparities enable me to make important contributions as a DF/HCC member.