Research Institute Leadership & Organization
The PAMF Research Institute (PAMFRI) is led by renowned health economist Harold "Hal" S. Luft, Ph.D., Director, Research Institute, who became the Research Institute's Director in 2008. He is assisted by a coordinating council made up of department directors and two rotating faculty members.
The Departments and their Directors
- Research Administration
- Methodological and Mentoring Resources Coordination
- Sandra R. Wilson, Ph.D., Senior Staff Scientist
- Information Management Group
- Clinical Research Support Group
- Lean Research
In 2013, PAMFRI reorganized to break out of traditional research department silos to facilitate more collaboration among the various investigators on the PAMFRI faculty. The Institute adopted the concept of “clusters” — loose affiliations of researchers who share certain interests or study the same patient populations.
Clusters are designed to reduce duplicate effort, foster cooperation and where appropriate, begin collaborations. One cluster member is charged with communicating with leadership, but traditional hierarchies of senior and junior faculty and investigators do not exist inside the clusters.
Clusters also are fluid. They may be long standing or last just a year or two as needed. There is no limit on the number of clusters to which an investigator may belong. Investigators may belong to one cluster and while other investigators may belong to multiple clusters..
Research ideas and funding opportunities are evaluated by the clusters and should be sent directly to them.
The current research clusters are:
- Cancer Screening & Treatment
- Chronic Diseases (cardiovascular, diabetes, respiratory)
- Clinician Researchers
- Comparative Effectiveness & Cost Analysis
- Delivery systems/Health services outcomes
- Ethnographers &/or Qualitative Methods
- Health Disparities & Cultural Competency
- End-of-life/Palliative Care & Geriatrics/ Transitional Care
- Obesity/Weight Management/Healthy Eating & Physical Activity / Lifestyle/Disease Prevention & Control
- Patient Engagement
- Patient Satisfaction
- Primary Care Delivery/Quality of Health Care Delivery /Outcomes improvement
- Mental Health
- Statistics & Epidemiological Methods
- Technology & Health
- Translating Research to Policy/ Implementation/Dissemination Research