Allison Lipitz-Snyderman , PhD

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Allison Lipitz-Snyderman

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Johns Hopkins University

Dr. Allison Lipitz-Snyderman is a health services researcher in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at Memorial Sloan Kettering.  She is a member of the MSK Center for Health Policy and Outcomes.  Objectives of her research are to: 1) Develop novel approaches to measuring the quality and safety of health care; 2) Identify unwarranted variation between health care providers in their practice and outcomes of cancer care; and 3) Evaluate the impact of changes in the health care delivery system on patient outcomes.  She has expertise directing studies using data sources including large-scale national claims, cancer registries, and electronic medical records.  She also serves as Co-chair of the MSK Cancer Alliance Cancer Control and Population Sciences Sub-committee. Her research has been supported by the National Cancer Institute, the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, the National Institute for Healthcare Management Foundation, and AARP/NQF/OptumLabs, among others.


Selected peer-reviewed publications:

  1. Lipitz-Snyderman A, Steinwachs D, Needham DM, Colantuoni E, Morlock LL, Pronovost PJ. Impact of a statewide intensive care unit quality improvement initiative on hospital mortality and length of stay: retrospective comparative analysis. BMJ. 2011 Jan 28;342:d219. PMCID: 3031651.
  2. Lipitz-Snyderman A, Sima CS, Atoria CL, Elkin EB, Anderson C, Blinder V, Tsai CJ, Panageas KS, Bach PB. Physician-Driven Variation in Nonrecommended Services Among Older Adults Diagnosed With Cancer. JAMA Intern Med. 2016 Oct 1;176(10):1541-1548. PMCID: PMC5363077.
  3. Lipitz-Snyderman A, Korenstein D. Reducing Overuse-Is Patient Safety the Answer? [invited editorial] JAMA. 2017 Feb 28;317(8):810-811.
  4. Lipitz-Snyderman A, Pfister D, Classen DC, Killen AK, Atoria CL, Epstein A, Anderson C, Fortier E, & Weingart S. Preventable adverse events in cancer care: Measuring risk and harm across the continuum. Cancer. 2017 Dec 1;123(23):4728-4736. doi: 10.1002/cncr.30916.
  5. Lipitz-Snyderman A, Kale M, Robbins L, Pfister D, Fortier E, Pocus V, Chimonas S, Weingart SN. Peers without fears? Barriers to effective communication among primary care physicians and oncologists about diagnostic delays in cancer. BMJ quality & safety. 2017. doi: 10.1136/bmjqs-2016-006181. PubMed PMID: 28655713.

View a full listing of Allison Lipitz-Snyderman ’s journal articles.


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