Muwaffak Abdulhak, MD and Stephen Bartol, MD serve as Project Co-Directors. Jason Schwalb, MD serves as Data Analysis Director and David Nerenz, PhD serves as Associate Director of Registry. Lisa Pietrantoni is Project Manager, and Sharon Jones is the Data Coordinator.
Muwaffak Abdulhak, MD, FRCS(C)
Dr. Abdulhak joined Henry Ford Hospital in July 2001 as Director of the Neurosurgery Spine Program. He was board certified in internal medicine before training in Neurosurgery. After completing his neurosurgery training at the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario, he became a fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada. In addition, he completed a complex spine fellowship program at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Dr. Abdulhak is certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgery. He leads the Spine and Neuro trauma program at Henry Ford Hospital; a multi-disciplinary effort with a strong collaboration with the orthopedic department. Dr. Abdulhak has very extensive experience focusing on minimally invasive approach as well as complex and reconstructive/deformity correction spine surgery for degenerative, traumatic, as well as metastatic spine disease.
Stephen Bartol, MD, MBA
Dr. Stephen Bartol is an orthopaedic surgeon and Head of the Division of Spine Surgery at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan.
Dr. Bartol has been a practicing orthopaedic spine surgeon for 23 years and has a long history of medical leadership. He served as the Medical Director of Surgical Services for the Henry Ford Health Network from 2006 – 2011, overseeing the expansion of Surgical Services for the Henry Ford Medical Group. Under his leadership the Surgical Service Line grew by more than 35%. He also served as the Associate Director of Utilization and Quality. In that role his work included oversight of regulatory issues, quali t y assurance and quality improvement in su rgery. He established the Surgical Services Quality Forum and led the adoption of NSQIP by multiple surgical specialties.
Dr. Bartol is also a surgeon inventor and entrepreneur. He holds numerous patents on medical devices and he has launched several successful business start-ups. In the 1990’s he founded an Institutional Review Board and an independent Contract Research Organization. In 2000 he was a founding partner of BioKinetics Canada, an orthopedic soft goods retailer. In 2003, he founded ahealth services company that focuses on 3rd party medical services in Canada. Dr. Bartol is the creator of ORTV, apatient safety, communication and education tool for hospitals and surgeons. In 2007 he founded Sentio, a technology-driven medical device company, specializing in proprietary smart-sensor systems used in surgery.
Dr. Bartol has an undergraduate degree in physics and an MD from Dalhousie University, where he also completed his Orthopedic Surgery and spine surgery training. He has served as a Patient Safety Fellow with the American Hospital Association and the National Patient Safety Foundation. He has an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business at The University of Western Ontario.
David R Nerenz, PhD.
Associate Director – Registry, Patient Reported Outcomes
Dr. Nerenz received his Ph.D. in Social Psychology from the University of Wisconsin in 1979. He served as Director of the VA’s Great Lakes Regional HSR&D Field Program in Ann A rbor from 1984 – 1986 and was Director of Henry Ford Health System’s Center for Health System Studies from 1987 – 1999. From 1999 to 2003, he was at Michigan State University, as Professor in the College of Human Medicine and as Director of the Institute for Health Care Studies from 2001 to 2003. He returned to Henry Ford Health System in 2003, and is currently Director of the Center for Health Policy and Health Services Research and Vice Chair of Research in the Department of Neurosurgery. He is also Directo r of Outcomes Research for the Neuroscience Institute at Henry Ford. In this role, he is responsible for fostering clinical research in several specific clinical areas (e.g., spine surgery), and supporting translational research of novel approaches to tre atment developed by HFHS bench researchers. Dr. Nerenz’s own research has been in the area of health system performance measurement and elimination of racial/ethnic disparities in quality of care. He is also the site Principal Investigator on an AHRQ – fun ded back pain registry project. As CHPHSR Director, he currently oversees three NIH – funded projects with other PIs that involve some form of health system intervention in order to promote screening activities or chronic disease management activities in HF MG primary care settings. In May of 2012, Dr. Nerenz was appointed to the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) as one of 17 Commissioners. MedPAC is a policy – setting body that advises Congress on a variety of payment issues in the context of th e Medicare program.
Associate Director – Data Analysis
Dr. Schwalb obtained his MD from Yale University, where he was named a Farr Scholar, one of five recipients of the medical school’s highest thesis award. He completed his surgical internship at Johns Hopkins University. He completed his eurosurgical residency at the University of Pennsylvania with an infolded fellowship in spine surgery. He then completed a fellowship in Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery with Andres Lozano, MD, PhD at the University of Toronto, during which time he also obtained additional training in epilepsy and peripheral nerve surgery. After fellowship, he was Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery at the University of Rochester for 3 ½ years before being recruited as Director of Movement Disorder and Behavioral Neurosurgery at Henry Ford Health System in January 2009. He has served on multiple committees in national Neurosurgical organizations,including the Executive Council of the AANS/CNS Section on Pain, the Steering Committee for the Pain Action Alliance to Implement a National Strategy (PAINS) and the AANS Subspecialty MOC Educational Materials Editorial Board for Pain. He is a charter member of the Functional Neurosurgical Working Group of the Parkinson’s Study Group and is an ad hoc reviewer for multiple journals.
Lisa has worked at Henry Ford Health System for a total of 14 years. From 1990 to 1999 she worked as a research Laboratory Manager for the Division of Neuropathology, and as a Project Coordinator for the Center for Health System Studies. Lisa spent 8 years at Wayne State University, as a project manager for the Institute of Environmental Health Science’s Community Outreach and Education Program, specializing in the dev elopment of web – based interactive environmental health curriculum for high school students, and biotechnology curriculum for graduate – level teachers. Since her return to HFHS, Lisa has served as a Multi – Site Clinical Research Projects Leader in the Neuros cience Institute, responsible for overseeing patient recruitment, data collection, data base development, and protocol compliance for multiple clinical trials, observational cohort studies, and patient registries. Lisa earned her bachelors of science deg ree in Medical Laboratory Sciences from Oakland University, with certifications in Histotechnology by the American Society of Clinical Pathology, and Clinical Research Coordinator by the Association for Clinical Research Professionals.
Sharon has been with the Henry Ford Health System since 2004. She was an acute care medical transcriptionist for 4 years at Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital, followed by 2 years in their Service Excellence Department as the Senior Administrative Secretary. There she facilitated the process of using survey results for process improvement by charting scores and creating presentation materials showing trends and goals for use by management and administration. In 2010 Sharon joined the Center for Health Policy and Health Services Research department in the role of Special Project Coordinator. There she designed and created data collection forms and databases to suit the need s of multiple clinic and research projects, as well as facilitating the data collection process with tracking tools, instructional materials, and quality check processes. Sharon earned her Associates of Applied Science in Computer Information Systems from Wayne County Community College, specializing in database administration.