Teresa Bell, PhD, has been named the first Executive Director of the Center for Outcomes Research in Surgery (CORES) effective April 1, 2019. The Medical Director position will be vacant with the departure of Ben Zarzaur, MD, the initial Director of CORES.
Teresa joined the faculty in the Department of Surgery as Assistant Professor in 2014 after completing her PhD in Health Outcomes and Policy Research at the University of Tennessee. Her scholarship over the last several years has been remarkable. She serves as PI on a $527,000 Indiana University Grand Challenges Phase-I Grant examining opioid use and overdose outcomes after traumatic injury in adolescents. She has also received a grant award of $194,000 as PI of a KL2 Young Investigator Award in Clinical Translational Research, examining prescription opioid misuse after traumatic injury in adolescents. To date, Teresa has more than fifty peer-reviewed publications including thirteen publications in 2018. In this new role, Teresa will continue to provide consultation for faculty and residents in research design and statistics.
Dr. Bell brings to this position great experience in analytic techniques, including multilevel modeling, spatial regression, trajectory analysis, and principle components analysis. She also has significant experience with large data sets. In this new role, Teresa will manage the day-to-day activities of CORES, including oversight of CORES staff. Gary Dunnington, MD, Chair of Surgery, states that “Dr. Bell has proven herself as an outstanding outcomes researcher in her tenure in the Department of Surgery and I believe will bring distinction to the Center for Outcomes Research in her new role as Executive Director.”