Who We Are

GEAR 1.0 - Leadership

Ula Hwang, MD, MPH (Research Core Lead) – PI

Professor of Emergency Medicine | Yale University School of Medicine

Ula Hwang is a Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the Yale School of Medicine and a core investigator at the GRECC (Geriatrics Research, Education and Clinical Center) at the James J. Peters Bronx VAMC. She is the co-PI of the Geriatric ED Collaborative (GEDC), a national implementation program supported by the John A. Hartford Foundation and the West Health Institute to educate, implement, and evaluate geriatric emergency care and the PI of the National Institute on Aging funded Geriatric Emergency care Applied Research (GEAR) Network, and MPI of GEAR 2.0 – Advancing Dementia Care.

Chris Carpenter, MD, MSc (Emergency Medicine Dissemination & Implementation Core Lead)

Professor of Emergency Medicine | Vice Chair of Implementation & Innovation | Mayo Clinic Rochester

Chris Carpenter is dual-trained in Emergency Medicine and Internal Medicine and Professor of Emergency Medicine at Mayo Clinic-Rochester. He serves on the American College of Emergency Physicians Clinical Policy Committee and leads the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine Guidelines for Reasonable & Appropriate Care in the Emergency Department. His research interests include diagnostics, dementia, falls prevention, and implementation science. He is Deputy Editor-in-Chief of Academic Emergency Medicine, and Associate Editor of the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society and the ACP Journal Club of Annals of Internal Medicine. He co-led the collaboration to develop the American College of Emergency Physician/American Geriatrics Society Geriatric Emergency Department Guidelines as well as the EQUATOR Network’s Standards for Reporting of Implementation Research (StaRI) reporting guidelines.

Cindy Brandt, MD, MPH (Data/Informatics Core Lead)

Professor of Emergency Medicine, Anesthesiology & Biostatistics | VA Connecticut, Yale University

Cynthia Brandt is a Professor of Emergency Medicine, Anesthesiology and Biostatistics as well as the Director of the Yale Center for Medical Informatics. She completed a general Preventive Medicine residency at Madigan Army Medical Center in 1989 and a post-doctoral fellowship sponsored by the National Library of Medicine at Yale School of Medicine in 1997. She is board-certified in Preventive Medicine and Clinical Informatics. Her interdisciplinary research focuses on issues related to the design, development and use of informatics tools in clinical research and health services research.

Nicki Hastings, MD (Geriatrics Dissemination & Implementation Core Lead)

Professor of Medicine & Population Health Sciences; Director, Center of Innovation to Accelerate Discovery & Practice Transformation (ADAPT) Duke University School of Medicine & Durham VA Health Care System

S. Nicole (Nicki) Hastings is a geriatrician and Director of Durham VA’s Health Services Research Center of Innovation ADAPT. She leads a multi-study VA QUERI program on implementing and evaluating clinical programs to help older adults maintain functional independence and quality of life.

William Hung, MD, MPH (Geriatrics Measurement Core Lead)

Professor of Geriatrics & Palliative Medicine | Mount Sinai

William Hung is a Professor of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine. He received his MD from the Albert Einstein School of Medicine before completing his residency at Johns Hopkin Bayview and a Fellowship in Geriatrics at Mount Sinai Hospital. He is also a core investigator at the Geriatrics Research, Education and Clinical Center (GRECC) at the James J. Peters VAMC. His research focuses on geriatrics models of care that include care coordination with rural health, acute inpatient care programs, and hospitalization at home integration.

Raymond Kang, MA (Research Core Lead)

Team Leader Database, Center for Community Health | Northwestern University

Raymond Kang is a health services researcher in the Center for Community Health at Northwestern University. His background is in economics, and he specializes in outcomes research and evaluation using non-randomized design techniques with large administrative databases. He has served as lead analyst/statistician on projects such as the evaluation of Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s (RWJF) Aligning Forces for Quality (AF4Q) Program, a study on the cost effectiveness of the Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP), part of the Centers for Disease Control’s Natural Experiments in Translation for Diabetes (NEXT-D), and a project which uses claims data from a large national insurer to answer timely questions from many different clinical areas.

Tim Platts-Mills, MD, MSc (Emergency Medicine Measurement Core Lead)

Senior Director, Healthcare and Life Sciences, Quantworks, Inc.

Dr. Platts-Mills is a board-certified emergency physician who has developed and tested multiple interventions to improve the emergency care of older adults. His research has been funded by the National Institute of Justice, the National Institutes of Health, and the U.S. Office of Research Integrity. He is a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians and a Senior Associate Editor for Annals of Emergency Medicine. He earned his Masters in Clinical Research at the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health, his MD at the University of California, Los Angeles, and his undergraduate degree at Harvard University.

GEAR 1.0 Grantees

Scott Dresden, MD, MS

Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine | Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Dr. Dresden was awarded a Geriatric Emergency Care Applied Research (1.0) Network Grant. He will work on his project titled, “Identifying Older Adults with Delirium in the Emergency Department: Risk Factors and Phenotypes” at Northwestern University.

Cameron Gettel, MD, MHS

Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine | Yale University School of Medicine

Dr. Gettel was awarded a Geriatric Emergency Care Applied Research (1.0) Network Grant. He will work on his project titled, “A health equity assessment of What Matters to older adults and patient-perceived success of ED care Transitions” at Yale University.

Rachel Skains, MD, MSPH

Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine | University of Alabama Heersink School of Medicine

Dr. Skains was awarded a Geriatric Emergency Care Applied Research (1.0) Network Grant. She will work on his project titled, “Impact of Potentially Inappropriate Medications Prescribed at Emergency Department Discharge on Geriatric Patient-Level Outcomes” at the Universty of Alabama.