Department of Medicine

University of Pittsburgh

Steven M. Handler, MD, PhD, CMD

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Director of Clinical Informatics

Assistant Professor of Biomedical Informatics

Assistant Professor of Geriatric Medicine

Assistant Professor of Clinical and Translational Research Core Faculty of the RAND-University of Pittsburgh Health Institute (RUPHI)

Research Scientist at the Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Center (GRECC) at the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System (VAPHS)

Medical Director for Long-Term Care Health Information Technology at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) Biomedical Informatics Training Program Core Faculty

Office: Parkvale Building, Suite M-183
200 Meyran Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
 
Phone: 412-647-1452
Fax: 412-291-2141
E-mail: handler@pitt.edu

Education
BS in Neuroscience, University of Pittsburgh, 1993
MD, New Jersey Medical School, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, 1997
MS in Biomedical Informatics, University of Pittsburgh, 2004
PhD in Biomedical Informatics, University of Pittsburgh, 2010

Training
Internship in Family Medicine, Family Practice Residency Program, Tufts University, 1998
Residency in Family Medicine, Family Practice Residency Program, Tufts University, 2000
Fellowship in Geriatric Medicine, University of Pittsburgh, 2002

Area of Specialization/Research Interest  
Adverse drug reactions
Biomedical informatics
Patient safety
Medication management
Process and quality improvement
Long-term care
Clinical and Translational Informatics
Pharmacoepidemiology, Adverse Drug Reactions, Adverse Drug Events
Patient Safety Culture, Process and Quality Improvement
 

Profile
Dr. Handler is an assistant professor of medicine, with appointments in biomedical informatics, geriatrics, and clinical and translational science. In addition to being a core faculty member in the RAND-University of Pittsburgh Health Institute (RUPHI) and a research scientist in the Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Center (GRECC) at the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System, Dr. Handler is a practicing geriatrician with direct patient care and medical director responsibilities in the nursing home setting. He is also the medical director for long-term care health information technology at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). Dr. Handler's research concerns medication and patient safety, primarily in the nursing home setting. His most recent research focuses on the use of active medication monitoring systems to detect and reduce the number of adverse drug events among nursing home residents.

Recent Grants
Title: Enhancing the Detection and Management of Adverse Drug Events in the Nursing Home
Role: PI
Amount:
Funding Agency: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
Start Year: 2010
End Year: 2015
Title: Virtual Continuity and its Impact on Complex Hospitalized Patients' Care
Role: Co-Investigator
Amount:
Funding Agency: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
Start Year: 2009
End Year: 2012

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