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TJU Research Collaborators

The Center collaborates with multiple other TJU faculty and staff.  The following individuals served a major role on externally funded Center projects in the current academic year:

Vittorio Maio, PharmD, MS, MSPH
Associate Professor
Jefferson School of Population Health

Vittorio Maio is Associate Professor in the Jefferson School of Population Health. Dr. Maio’s research interests are in the areas of outcomes analysis and medication usage and policy.  He is Associate Editor of the American Journal of Medical Quality.  Dr. Maio received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Perugia (Italy), took the Italian Pharmacist Board Certification, and received both his MS in Pharmacology and his Masters in Public Health from Thomas Jefferson University.  He teaches “Health Policy: An International Perspective” in Jefferson’s Master’s in Public Health program,  and is guest lecturer at the University of Pisa, Faculty of Economics, Master’s Program in Management of Health Care Organizations.


John McAna, PhD
Senior Research Statistical Analyst
Jefferson School of Population Health

(215) 955-5744

John McAna is a Senior Research Statistical Analyst in the Jefferson School of Population Health.  He is responsible for providing statistical and programming sup­port for active projects and assists in protocol development for proposed projects.  Dr. McAna has a B.S. in biology from Manhattan College in New York and an MA in biology from City College of New York.  He earned his PhD in epidemiology from the University of Pennsylvania, specializing in cancer and envi­ronmental epidemiology.  Dr. McAna has 14 years of experience doing health care/health services analysis and research in the managed care industry (Independence Blue Cross and Greater Atlantic Health Service), 6 years in the biomedical information industry (Information Ventures, Inc) and 6 years in public health (both the NY and NJ State Depts. of Public Health).  Dr. McAna’s research interests are in the areas of the evaluation of disease and care manage­ment programs, quality management and pro­vider assessment and improvement.


Valerie P. Pracilio, MPH
Project Manager
Jefferson School of Population Health

Valerie is Project Manager for Quality Improvement in the Jefferson School of Population Health. She is responsible for organizing ambulatory performance improvement efforts and research related to healthcare quality and patient safety. Ms. Pracilio manages improvement initiatives and value-based strategies for the Jefferson University Physician ambulatory practices. She has also contributed to quality measurement field through development and validation of a migraine quality of care measurement set and Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services Physician Quality Reporting System Measures.  Ms. Pracilio served as managing editor and author of Governance for Health Care Providers: The Call to Leadership published by Taylor & Francis, New York, New York in 2009 and Population Health: Creating a Culture of Wellness published by Jones and Bartlett, Sudbury, Massachusetts in 2010. Her education includes a bachelor’s degree in Healthcare Administration from the University of Scranton, and received her Masters of Public Health from Thomas Jefferson University. She is also a graduate of the American Hospital Association (AHA) Patient Safety Leadership Fellowship.


Scott W. Keith, PhD, MS
Assistant Professor
Biostatistics Pharmacology &
Experimental Therapeutics
(215) 503-9876

Scott W. Keith is an Assistant Professor of Biostatistics in the Department of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, Division of Biostatistics. He received his B.A. from The University of Vermont, his M.S. in Mathematics from The University of New Orleans, and his Ph.D. in Biostatistics from The University of Alabama at Birmingham. He is a member on the Editorial Board of the American Journal of Medical Quality. Dr. Keith’s research interests include obesity-related outcomes, cancer outcomes, medication usage and policy, risk of hospitalization, modeling event rate data, and developing nonlinear statistical methods. He teaches GC 630: “Fundamentals of Clinical Trials” in the Jefferson Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. Dr. Keith is collaborating with Center faculty and staff on several projects being performed in collaboration with the Agency for Health and Social Care of the Emilia-Romagna Region and the Parma Local Health Authority.


Joshua Schoppe, MPH
Outreach Coordinator, Kimmel Cancer Center

Joshua Schoppe is an outreach coordinator at the Jefferson Kimmel Cancer Center. He is cur­rently completing his MPH at Jefferson and is working on his capstone. The Center and Joshua are analyzing the diagnosis and treatment of colorectal cancer while using the Emilia-Romagna longitudinal database.  Joshua has completed an extensive literature review on the diagnosis, staging, treatment and outcomes of colorectal cancer in order to summarize the cur­rent scope of colorectal cancer worldwide as well as to discuss varying trends on the current screening, staging, treatment, and outcomes of the disease.