Division of Research Spotlight
The Kaiser Permanente Division of Research conducts, publishes, and disseminates epidemiologic and health services research to improve the health and medical care of Kaiser Permanente members and society at large. We seek to understand the determinants of illness and well-being, and to improve the quality and cost-effectiveness of health care. Currently, DOR’s 550-plus staff is working on more than 350 epidemiological and health services research projects.
Division of Research investigator Ousseny Zerbo, PhD, describes his long journey from his childhood and education in Burkina Faso to becoming an epidemiologist in Northern California.
Kaiser Permanente research scientist uses her expertise in epidemiology and nutrition to improve outcomes for cancer patients and enhance their survivorship.
Andy Avins, MD, MPH, has been studying what works, and what doesn't, in medical care ever since a chance encounter in the hospital library with a journal that introduced him to the concept of evidence-based medicine.
Division of Research Investigator Tina Raine-Bennett, MD, MPH, has been tackling reproductive health issues her entire career. She conducts research on contraception and reproductive health and has worked directly with teenage girls in clinical practice.
Research scientist uses her experiences as a physician to design studies that focus on and can improve care for people with early-onset type 2 diabetes.
To help pregnant women make informed decisions, Division of Research (DOR) investigator Lyndsay Avalos, PhD, MPH is leading a study to shed light on the nuances of depression treatment during pregnancy. Avalos recently received a $3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to study the topic.
Clinical psychologist and mental health services researcher Esti Iturralde, PhD, aims to improve the overall health of people with mental illness.
Early career researcher Marvin Langston, PhD, MPH, studies potential links between infections, inflammation, and cancer as well as racial/ethnic and sexual minority health disparities.
Research scientist Stephen Van Den Eeden, PhD, is a co-founder of the California Men's Health Study, one of the largest and longest-running cohort studies of men in the world.
Kaiser Permanente Division of Research staff scientist Paola Gilsanz, ScD, is exploring the reasons for the unequal distribution of dementia risk among genders and ethnic groups.