Alvin I. Mushlin   Professor of Healthcare Policy and Research

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Internal Medicine, Health Policy, Economics and Health Services

Alvin Mushlin, M.D., Sc.M., is Professor and Chair of the Department of Public Health at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University. He also holds a joint appointment as Public Health Physician-in-Chief at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital's Weill Cornell Medical Center. For his entire academic career, Dr. Mushlin has worked to improve the knowledge base for clinical decision-making and clinical policy formulation. Although it is a relatively new term and some of his work predates its use, his research can perhaps be best categorized as outcomes and comparative effectiveness research. In this work, Dr. Mushlin has sought both to shed light on important practice issues as well as to develop new methods and an analytic framework for these purposes. Specifically, he has conducted studies in a variety of settings, to quantify the value and accuracy of diagnostic tests and procedures, to understand the efficacy and cost-effectiveness of interventions for common clinical problems, and to measure the quality of medical care. Although Dr. Mushlin has studied a diversity of clinical and public health problems, such as upper respiratory tract infections, breast cancer, multiple sclerosis, and coronary artery disease, there is this common thread running through all of these topics—the desire to make medical care and public health more evidence-based and priority setting more rational. He has contributed to the methodological literature on evaluations of medical technologies, particularly diagnostic techniques, and his papers have helped to illuminate the potential that probabilistic reasoning and decision analysis hold for clarifying optimal clinical strategies and guidelines. Dr. Mushlin has participated in the development of cost-effectiveness analysis as a new technique in medical research.

Dr. Mushlin's research projects include:

  • Principal Investigator, The Role of Diabetes Mellitus in Qatar: Evaluating Treatment Patterns, Risk Factors, and Outcomes, 2005-2008, WCMC
  • Principal Investigator, The Centers for Education and Research Therapeutics, 2005-2010, AHRQ
  • Principal Investigator, Accelerating Change and Transformation in Organizations and Networks, 2006-2009, AHRQ
  • Investigator, K30: Clinical Research Curriculum Award - WCMC, 2005-2010, NIH/NHLBI
  • Mentor, Disparities in Radiotherapy for Early Breast Cancer and DCIS, 2004-2008, ACS
  • Mentor, HCV Treatment Cost-Effectiveness in 3 IDU Populations, 2004-2009, NIDA
  • Mentor, Framework Program for Global Health, 2007-2009, NIH Fogarty


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  • The Centers for Education and Research on Therapeutics  awarded by Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality Principal Investigator 2006 - 2011
  • Translating Data Information: Development of Reporting Templates for the AHRQ QIs Task Order 11  awarded by Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality Principal Investigator 2004 - 2006
  • Racial Disparities in Access to High Quality Cardiac Surgeons  awarded by National Institute on Aging Principal Investigator Subaward 2003 - 2006
  • Foundational Elements: Anonymous Linking of Distributed Database Environments Principal Investigator Subcontract 2010 - 2012
  • Efforts to Develop the Sentinel Initiative: Infrastructure for Coordinating Center Principal Investigator Subcontract 2009 - 2010


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  • Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University


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  • Dr. Alvin I Mushlin, MD, ScM

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