United States Department of Veterans Affairs
Durham Center for Health Services Research in Primary Care

George L. Jackson, PhD MHA

George L. Jackson, PhD MHA  Dr. Jackson is a healthcare epidemiologist with the Center for Health Services Research in Primary Care [VA HSR&D Center of Excellence] and Epidemiologic Research and Information Center at the Durham, NC Veterans Affairs Medical Center.  Academic appointments include being an Assistant Professor in the Division of General Internal Medicine at the Duke University Medical Center and Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  Dr. Jackson has been the recipient of a VA HSR&D Merit Review Entry Program (MREP) award (2006-2009) and National Research Service Award (NRSA)-Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) postdoctoral fellowship (2003-2005).  His primary research interest involves the question of how the structure and process of primary and specialty care impact chronic illness outcomes, especially for diabetes, hypertension, and cancer.  For example, he is the principal investigator of a VA-funded clinical trial of the process for linking the intensity of disease managing interventions to the clinical needs of Veterans with hypertension.  In addition, Dr. Jackson is an active researcher in the area of implementation science.
EDUCATION:
  • 2003 Doctor of Philosophy, Department of Epidemiology, School of Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • 1998 Master of Healthcare Administration, Department of Health Policy and Administration, School of Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • 1996 Bachelor of Science in Public Health with Honors, Department of Health Policy and Administration, School of Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hil
PROFESSIONAL POSITIONS AND EXPERIENCE:
  • 2003-2005 Post Doctoral Fellow – Duke University Division of General Internal Medicine and Durham Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Center for Health Services Research in Primary Care
  • 2005 Research Health Scientist – Durham Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Center of Excellence for Health Services Research in Primary Care and Epidemiologic
    Research and Information Center
  • 2005-2009 Project Director – Veterans Affairs Colorectal Cancer Care Collaborative Cancer Care Quality Measurement System, Durham Veterans Affairs Medical Center
  • 2006-Adjunct Assistant Professor – Department of Health Policy and Management, Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • 2008-Assistant Professor – Division of General Internal Medicine, Department of Medicine, Duke University School of Medicine
PROFESSIONAL SERVICE:
  • 2011 VHA Office of Research and Development, Research Health Science Specialist Delegated Examining Unit (DEU) Subject Matter Expert
  • 2011 Department of Defense-Veterans Affair Integrated Mental Health Strategy: Planning Committee for Strategy#23, Chaplains Role
  • 2011 Department of Veterans Affairs Health Informatics Transformation Initiative: Patient Outcomes Working Group
  • 2011 Student Abstract Review and Poster Award Selection Committee
  • 2010, 2011 Ad-hoc grant reviewer, VHA Quality Enhancement Research Imitative
  • 2008-2009 Member, 2009 Healthcare Organizational Research Association (HORA) Annual Meeting Planning Committee
  • 2008 Abstract Reviewer, VA Quality Enhancement Research Initiative Annual Meeting
  • 2006 Abstract Reviewer, VA HSR&D National Meeting
  • 2006-2007 VA External Peer Review Program working group on colorectal cancer care measures
  • 2005-2008 Member, Veterans Health Administration Colorectal Cancer Care Collaborative Planning Committe
AWARDS AND HONORS:
  • 2008-2011 Exceptional Reviewer, Medical Care (approximately top 5% or reviewers for Medical Care)
  • 2008 Delta Omega (the honorary public health society)
  • 2005 Veterans Affairs Merit Review Entry Program award (the VA career development award for non-clinician Ph.D. scientists)
  • 2004 Service Award from the Theta Chapter of Delta Omega (the honorary public health society)
  • 2003 National Research Service Award – Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • 2001 National Research Service Award – Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Pre-doctoral Fellowship
RECENT RESEARCH SUPPORT:

 VA Funded Studies

Role: Principal Investigator
Title: Randomized Trial of Titrated Disease Management for Patients with Hypertension
Source: VA HSR&D (IIR 10-383)
Dates: October 1, 2011–September 30, 2015

Role: Principal Investigator
Title:  Longer-Term Outcomes of Participation in Hypertension Self-Management Trials
Source: VA HSR&D – Quality Enhancement Research Initive (RRP 09-407)
Dates: June 1, 2010–May 31, 2011

Role: Principal Investigator
Title: HTN-IMPROVE: Determining the Implementation Process
Source: VA HSR&D – Quality Enhancement Research Initive (RRP 09-196)
Dates: August 1, 2010–July 31, 2011

Role: Consultant (Meador, PI)
Title: DOD/VA Integrated Mental Health Strategy – Chaplain Services
Source: VA Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Centers (MIRECC) Program 
Dates: March 1, 2011–September 20, 2013 

Role: Co-Investigaotr (Bryson, PI)
Title: Organizational Correlates of Adherence to Medication
Source: VA HSR&D (IIR-07-68)
Dates: April 1, 2008 – March 31, 2011

Role: Co-Investigaotr and Project Director (Provenzale, PI)
Title: Colorectal Cancer Care – A Quality Measurement Partnership
Source: VA HSR&D – Quality Enhancement Research Initive (CRT 05-338)
Dates: April 1, 2006–March 31, 2009

Non-VA Funded Studies
Role: Co-Investigaotr (Williams, PI)
Title: Closing the Quality Gap Series: Reviewing the State of the Science – The Medical Home
Source: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (HHSA 290-2007-100661, TO9)
Dates: September 10, 2010–July 30, 2012

Role: Co-Investigaotr (Bosworth, PI)
Title: Supporting Post MI Risk Modification Intervention via Telemedicine Evaluation (SPRITE)
Source: American Heart Assocation
Dates: October 1, 2008–September 30, 2012

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS (last 2 years)

Jackson GL, Yano EM, Edelman D, et al. Veterans Affairs primary care organizational characteristics associated with better diabetes control. Am J Manag Care. 2005;11(4):225-237.

Jackson GL, Edelman D, Weinberger M. Simultaneous control of intermediate diabetes outcomes among Veterans Affairs primary care patients. J Gen Intern Med. 2006;21:(10):150-156.

Jackson GL, Weinberger M, Hamilton NS, Edelman D. Racial/ethnic and educational-level differences in diabetes care experiences in primary care. Primary Care Diabetes. 2008; 2(1):39-44.

Chao HH, Schwartz AR, Hersh J, Hunniball L, Jackson GL, Provenzale DT, Schlosser J, Stapleton LM, Zullig LL, Rose MG. Improving colorectal cancer screening and care in the Veterans Affairs Healthcare system. Clin Colorectal Cancer. 2009;8(1):22-28.

Jackson GL, Weinberger M. A decade with the chronic care model: some progress and opportunity for more [editorial]. Med Care. 2009;47(9):929-931.

Abbott DH, Melton LD, Grambow SC, Jackson GL. Resolving value differences among duplicates, A rule based approach. Proceed SouthEast SAS Users Group. 2009: paper AD-006.

Jackson GL, Powell AA, Ordin DL, Schlosser JE, Murawsky J, Hersh J, Ponte G, Zullig LL, Erb F, Parlier R, Haggstrom DA, Koets N, Mills PD, Francis J, Kelley MJ, Davies ML, Provenzale D. Developing and sustaining quality improvement partnerships in the VA: The Colorectal Cancer Care Collaborative. J Gen Int Med. 2010;25 (suppl. 1):S38-S43.

Damush TM, Jackson GL, Powers BJ, Bosworth, HB, Cheng E, Anderson J, Guihan M, LaVela S, Rajan S, Plue L. Implementing evidence-based self-management programs in the Veterans Health Administration: Perspectives on delivery system design considerations. J Gen Int Med. 2010;25 (suppl. 1).S68-S71.

Gellad ZF, Weiss DG, Ahnen DJ, Lieberman DA, Jackson GL, Provenzale D. Colonoscopy withdrawal time and risk of neoplasia at 5 Years: Results from VA Cooperative Studies Program 380. Am J Gastroenterol. Published ahead of print Mar 16 2010.

Edelman D, Fredrickson SK, Melnyk SD, Coffman CJ, Jeffreys AS, Datta, SK Jackson GL, Harris AC, Stewart H, Hamilton NS, Weinberger M. Effectiveness of Group Medical Visits in Diabetes and Hypertension: A Two-Site Randomized Controlled Trial. Ann Intern Med. 2010;152(11):689-696.

Jackson GL, Melton DL, Abbott D, Zullig LL, Ordin DL, Grambow SC, Hamilton NS, Zafar SY, Gellad ZF, Provenzale D. Quality of nonmetastatic colorectal cancer care in the Department of Veterans Affairs. J Clin Oncol. 2010; 28(19): 3176-81. Erratum in: J Clin Oncol. 2010 Aug 10; 28(23):3797.

Jackson GL, Lee SY, Edelman D, Weinberger M, Yano EM. Employment of mid-level providers in primary care and control of diabetes. Prim Care Diabetes. 2011; 5(1): 25-31.
Bosworth HB, DuBard CA, Ruppenkamp J, Trygstad T, Hewson DL, Jackson GL. Evaluation of a self-management implementation intervention to improve hypertension control among patients in Medicaid. Translational Behav Med. 2011; 1(1): 191-199.

Hamilton NS, Jackson GL, Abbott DH, Zullig LL, Provenzale D. Use of psychosocial support services among male veterans affairs colorectal cancer patients. J Psychosoc Oncol. 2011; 29(3): 242-53. [PMID: 21590571].

Jackson GL, Krein SL, Alverson, DC, Darkins AW, Gunnar W, Harada ND, Helfrich CD, Houston, TK, Klobucar TF,  Nazi KF, Poropatich RK, Ralston, JD, Bosworth HB. Defining core issues in utilizing information technology to improve access: Evaluation and research agenda. J Gen Int Med. 2011;26 Suppl 2:623-627.

Zullig LL, Jackson GL, Provenzale D, Griffin JM, Phelan S, van Ryn M. Transportation - A Vehicle or Roadblock to Cancer Care for VA Patients With Colorectal Cancer? Clin Colorectal Cancer. Mar 2012;11(1):60-65.