Dr. Brett Anderson recently received a 3-year award from the NIH/NHLBI (K23 HL133454) to study the effects of a surgeon's technical skill on outcomes for children undergoing congenital heart surgery. Her work focuses on the linkage and integration of large datasets with each other and with prospectively collected data and the application of interdisciplinary methodology to the study of quality and value associated with the management of pediatric heart disease. For this study, she has >40 congenital heart surgeons from around the country who have agreed to videotape themselves operating and to rate each other on technical skill. She will link these data to surgeon-specific outcomes from a national registry. Earlier this year, Dr. Anderson also published a highly controversial study examining the effects of congenital heart surgeon age/experience on patient outcomes.
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