Asano-Gonnella Center for Research in Medical Education & Health Care

Research Collaborators

The Center for Research in Medical Education and Health Care collaborates with multiple other Thomas Jefferson University faculty and staff.  These individuals served a major role on externally funded Center projects in the current academic year.

Daniel Louis, MS

Center Scholar
Family & Community Medicine

Mr. Louis has worked as a Research Associate Professor of Family and Community Medicine and Managing Director of the Center for 32 years. He was one of the developers of the Disease Staging system used in the evaluation of severity of illness in the U.S. and internationally to assess quality and costs of health care. Mr. Louis was the principal investigator of a collaborative project with the Emilia-Romagna Region, Italy, which is using a large population-based database to address a variety of issues relating to organization, financing, and quality of care.  Mr. Louis lectured on Health Policy as a part of the Introduction to Clinical Medicine course for first year medical students, teaches HPL 500: US Health Care Organization and Delivery in the Masters programs of the Jefferson School of Population Health, and continues to lecture at the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Rome, as part of their Master’s Program in Health Administration and the University of Pisa, Italy, faculty of economics.  

John McAna, PhD

Senior Research Statistical Analyst
Jefferson College of Population Health
(215) 955-5744

Dr, McAna is an Assistant Professor and the Capstone Coordinator for the Jefferson College of Population Health.  His teaching responsibilities currently include the Capstone Seminar (PBH 601) for the MPH students and Epidemiology and Evidence for Outcomes Research (AHE 509) for the AHEOR and Population Health Masters Programs. He is also responsible for providing epidemiological,  statistical and programming sup­port for active projects and assists in protocol development for proposed projects. Dr. McAna has a BS 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), six years in the biomedical information industry (Information Ventures, Inc.) and six 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.

Sarah Hegarty, MPhil

Biostatistics Pharmacology & Experimental Therapeutics
(215) 955-7354

Ms. Hegarty is responsible for the programming and analysis of research projects in the healthcare field using SAS to analyze U.S. and Italian databases. She has been involved in research projects relating to the characterization of end-of-life care in the Emilia-Romagna Region, the production of healthcare profiles for the population served by the medical homes in the Emilia-Romagna Region and the impact of an intervention to reduce the rate of potentially inappropriate prescribing in the AUSL of Parma.

Scott W. Keith, PhD, MS

Assistant Professor
Biostatistics Pharmacology & Experimental Therapeutics
(215) 503-9876

Dr. Keith received his BA from The University of Vermont, his MS in Mathematics from The University of New Orleans, and his PhD in Biostatistics from The University of Alabama at Birmingham. He is Associate Editor of Frontiers in Nutrition Methodology and an editorial board member of the American Journal of Medical Quality. Dr. Keith’s research interests include obesity-related outcomes, cancer outcomes, risk of hospitalization, medication usage and policy, modeling event rate data and developing nonlinear statistical methods. He teaches GC 630: “Fundamentals of Clinical Trials” in the Jefferson College of Life 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.

Mary R. Robeson

Project Coordinator
Center Scholar

Mary R. Robeson has worked with collaborative projects study­ing the quality and cost of care in the Italian health care system and in the develop­ment of a longitudinal, population-based, health care utili­zation database including the four mil­lion resi­dents of the Emilia-Romagna Region of Italy.  She has also been involved in stu­dent assessment and evaluation of the medical education programs. Ms. Robeson also has played a major role in the data analysis and scoring of the OSCEs at the Clini­cal Skills Center and had been responsible for collect­ing systematic data to monitor the core clinical clerkships at the University and other affiliated hospitals. She has been a consultant for the evalua­tion ser­vices for the Medical College and the College of Health Professions and also worked as an Instructor in the Depart­ment of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at Jef­ferson. Her background is in psy­chology and sociology, statistics, test­ing, and measurement. Ms. Robeson holds a master’s degree in educational measurement from the University of Pennsylvania.