23621-Cullen, Theresa
Faculty

Theresa Cullen, MD

Associate Professor of Clinical Family Medicine

Bio

Dr. Cullen is a family physician who retired from the US Public Health Service in 2012 after over 25 years of active duty.  During her tenure with the USPHS, she was a practicing family physician on multiple rural American Indian/Alaska Native reservations.  She also led multiple software development and deployment initiatives within the Indian Health Service (IHS).  As the CIO for Indian Health Service, RPMS (the HIT system for IHS) became the only ONC certified HIT software suite within the federal government. Between 2012 and 2015, Dr. Cullen worked as the Chief Medical Information Officer 9CMIO) for the Veterans Health Administration.  She developed a new model for field/community involvement in HIT within the VHA, as well as supporting and expanding work in multiple areas of HIT, including interoperability/data sharing, standards and terminology, and informatics patient safety.

She has worked to develop population health IT software suites since 2002, including electronic clinical quality measures and expanded population health capabilities at the point of care. Her interests are in using HIT to help achieve health equity throughout the globe as well as ensure utilization of appropriate technology to meet identified clinical needs.

Key Publications

Sequist TD, Cullen T, Acton KJ.  Indian health service innovations have helped reduce health disparities affecting American Indian and Alaska native people. Health Aff (Millwood). 2011 Oct:30(10):1965-73. PubMed PMID: 21976341.

Sequist TD, Cullen T, Bernard K, Shaykevich S, Orav EJ, Ayanian JZ. Trends in quality of care and barriers to improvement in the Indian Health Service. J Gen Intern Med. 2011 May;26(5):480-6. PubMed PMID 21132462; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3077488.

Reilley B, Redd JT, Giberson S, Sunde S, Cullen T. Completing the circle: follow-up screening of STD patients in three clinics of the United States Indian Health Service. Int J STD AIDS. 2011 Jan;22(1):50-1. PubMed PMID: 21364068.

Cullen TA, Helgerson SD, LaRuffa T, Natividad B. Chlamydia trachomatis infection in native American women in a southwestern tribe. J Fam Pract. 1990 Nov;31(5):552-4. PubMed PMID: 2095765.

Payne TH, Corley S, Cullen TA, Gandhi TK, Harrington L, Kuperman GJ, Mattison JE, McCallie DP, McDonald CJ, Tang PC, Tierney WM, Weaver C, Weir CR, Zaroukian MH. Report of the AMIA EHR-2020 Task Force on the status and future direction of EHRs. J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2015 Sep;22(5): 1102-10. PubMed PMID: 26024883; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5009932.

Botts N, Bouhaddou O, Bennett J, Pan E, Byrne C, Mercincavage L, Olinger L, Hunolt E, Cullen T. Data Quality and Interoperability Challenges for eHealth Exchange Participants: Observations from the Department of Veterans Affairs' Virtual Lifetime Electronic Record Health Pilot Phase. AMIA Annu Symp Proc. 2014;2014:307-14. PubMed PMID: 25954333; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4419918.

Carroll M, Cullen T, Ferguson S, Hogge N, Horton M, Kokesh J. Innovation in Indian healthcare: using health information technology to achieve health equity for American Indian and Alaska Native populations. Perspect Health Inf Manag. 2011 Jan 1;8:1d. PubMed PMID: 21307987; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3035828.

Sequist TD, Cullen T, Ayanian JZ. Information technology as a tool to improve the quality of American Indian health care. Am J Public Health. 2005 Dec;95:(12):2173-9. PubMed PMID: 16257947; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC1449503.

Saleem JJ, Plew WR, Speir RC, Herout J, Wilck NR, Ryan DM, Cullen TA, Scott JM, Beene MS, Phillips T. Understanding barriers and facilitators to the use of Clinical Information Systems for intensive care units and Anesthesia Record Keeping: A rapid ethnography. Int J Med Inform. 2015 Jul;84(7):500-11. PubMed PMID: 25843931.

Titles & Appointments

  • Associate Professor of Clinical Family Medicine
  • Adjunct Associate Professor, School of Public Health
  • Adjunct Associate Professor, School of Informatics and Computing
  • Education
    2001 MS Wisconsin, University Of (Madi
    2001 MS University of Wisconsin-Madison
    2001 MS University of Wisconsin-Madison
    1983 MD Arizona, University Of
    1983 MD University of Arizona
    1983 MD University of Arizona
    1978 BA
    1978 BA Johnston College
    1978 BA Johnston College
  • Professional Organizations
    American Medical Informatics Association
  • Awards
    Org: Tucson Program Area
    Desc: Provider of the Year
    Scope: Regional
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    Org: Society of Teacher's of Family Medicine
    Desc: Resident Teaching
    Scope: National
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    Org: Tucson Program Area
    Desc: Provider of the Year
    Scope: State
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    Org: University of Arizona
    Desc: Teacher of the Year Award
    Scope: State
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    Org: Tucson Program Area
    Desc: Associate Director's Award of Excellence
    Scope: State
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    Org: University of Arizona
    Desc: Virginia Furrow Excellence in Clinical Science Teaching
    Scope: State
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    Org: IHS
    Desc: National IHS Physician Leadership of the Year
    Scope: National
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    Org: IHS
    Desc: Outstanding Teamwork Award: PCC+, Patient Chart
    Scope: National
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    Org: IHS-Indian Health Services
    Desc: Director's Award
    Scope: National
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    Org: IHS-Indian Health Services
    Desc: Director's Award
    Scope: National
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    Org: AHRQ Health Information Technology Group, HHS
    Desc: Secretary's Award of Distinguished Service
    Scope: National
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    Org: Secretary for Budget Technology and Finance, HHS
    Desc: Secretary's Award of Distinguished Service
    Scope: National
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    Org: IHS-Indian Health Services
    Desc: Director's Award
    Scope: National
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    Org: United States Public Health Service
    Desc: Meritorious Service Medal
    Scope: National
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    Org: Indian Health Service Clinical Information System, Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society
    Desc: Davies Award for Public Health
    Scope: National
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    Org: Federal Computer Week
    Desc: Federal 100 IT Award
    Scope: National
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    Org: Excellence.gov
    Desc: Finalist
    Scope: National
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    Org: Hospitals & Health Networks Most Wired on Line
    Desc: HIT Visionary
    Scope: National
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    Org: Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association
    Desc: HIT Leader of the Year
    Scope: National
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    Org: RPMS Public Health Application
    Desc: Secretarys Pick, HHS Innovates
    Scope: National
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    Org: United States Public Health Service
    Desc: Distinguished Service Medal
    Scope: National
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    Org: Health Domain 23rd Annual Computerworld Laureate Award Ceremony
    Desc: Finalist
    Scope: National
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    Org: Nakano Award
    Desc: Outstanding Paper, "Influenza surveillance using electronic health records in the American Indian and Alaska Native population"
    Scope: National
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    Org: Hospitals & Health Networks
    Desc: "Most Wired" Hospital (VA)
    Scope: National
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