Translational Behavioral Medicine

, Volume 2, Issue 4, pp 446–458

NUTORC—a transdisciplinary health services and outcomes research team in transplantation

Authors

    • Northwestern University Transplant Outcomes Research Collaborative (NUTORC), Comprehensive Transplant Center, Feinberg School of MedicineNorthwestern University
    • Division of Transplantation, Department of SurgeryNorthwestern University
    • Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago
    • Department of Medical Social SciencesNorthwestern University
    • Center for Healthcare StudiesNorthwestern University
  • Estella M. Alonso
    • Northwestern University Transplant Outcomes Research Collaborative (NUTORC), Comprehensive Transplant Center, Feinberg School of MedicineNorthwestern University
    • Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago
  • Zeeshan Butt
    • Northwestern University Transplant Outcomes Research Collaborative (NUTORC), Comprehensive Transplant Center, Feinberg School of MedicineNorthwestern University
    • Division of Transplantation, Department of SurgeryNorthwestern University
    • Department of Medical Social SciencesNorthwestern University
    • Center for Healthcare StudiesNorthwestern University
  • Juan Carlos Caicedo
    • Northwestern University Transplant Outcomes Research Collaborative (NUTORC), Comprehensive Transplant Center, Feinberg School of MedicineNorthwestern University
    • Division of Transplantation, Department of SurgeryNorthwestern University
    • Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago
  • David Cella
    • Department of Medical Social SciencesNorthwestern University
  • Amna Daud
    • Northwestern University Transplant Outcomes Research Collaborative (NUTORC), Comprehensive Transplant Center, Feinberg School of MedicineNorthwestern University
    • Division of Transplantation, Department of SurgeryNorthwestern University
    • Center for Healthcare StudiesNorthwestern University
  • John J. Friedewald
    • Northwestern University Transplant Outcomes Research Collaborative (NUTORC), Comprehensive Transplant Center, Feinberg School of MedicineNorthwestern University
    • Division of Transplantation, Department of SurgeryNorthwestern University
    • Division of Nephrology, Department of MedicineNorthwestern University
  • Elisa J. Gordon
    • Northwestern University Transplant Outcomes Research Collaborative (NUTORC), Comprehensive Transplant Center, Feinberg School of MedicineNorthwestern University
    • Division of Transplantation, Department of SurgeryNorthwestern University
    • Center for Healthcare StudiesNorthwestern University
  • Gordon B. Hazen
    • Department of Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences, McCormick School of EngineeringNorthwestern University
  • Bing T. Ho
    • Northwestern University Transplant Outcomes Research Collaborative (NUTORC), Comprehensive Transplant Center, Feinberg School of MedicineNorthwestern University
    • Division of Transplantation, Department of SurgeryNorthwestern University
    • Division of Nephrology, Department of MedicineNorthwestern University
  • Kathleen R. Hoke
    • Northwestern University Transplant Outcomes Research Collaborative (NUTORC), Comprehensive Transplant Center, Feinberg School of MedicineNorthwestern University
    • Center for Healthcare StudiesNorthwestern University
  • Jane L. Holl
    • Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago
    • Center for Healthcare StudiesNorthwestern University
  • Michael G. Ison
    • Northwestern University Transplant Outcomes Research Collaborative (NUTORC), Comprehensive Transplant Center, Feinberg School of MedicineNorthwestern University
    • Division of Transplantation, Department of SurgeryNorthwestern University
    • Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of MedicineNorthwestern University
  • Raymond Kang
    • Northwestern University Transplant Outcomes Research Collaborative (NUTORC), Comprehensive Transplant Center, Feinberg School of MedicineNorthwestern University
    • Center for Healthcare StudiesNorthwestern University
  • Sanjay Mehrotra
    • Department of Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences, McCormick School of EngineeringNorthwestern University
  • Luke B. Preczewski
    • Northwestern University Transplant Outcomes Research Collaborative (NUTORC), Comprehensive Transplant Center, Feinberg School of MedicineNorthwestern University
    • Division of Transplantation, Department of SurgeryNorthwestern University
  • Olivia A. Ross
    • Northwestern University Transplant Outcomes Research Collaborative (NUTORC), Comprehensive Transplant Center, Feinberg School of MedicineNorthwestern University
    • Division of Transplantation, Department of SurgeryNorthwestern University
    • Center for Healthcare StudiesNorthwestern University
  • Pamela H. Sharaf
    • Northwestern University Transplant Outcomes Research Collaborative (NUTORC), Comprehensive Transplant Center, Feinberg School of MedicineNorthwestern University
    • Center for Healthcare StudiesNorthwestern University
  • Anton I. Skaro
    • Northwestern University Transplant Outcomes Research Collaborative (NUTORC), Comprehensive Transplant Center, Feinberg School of MedicineNorthwestern University
    • Division of Transplantation, Department of SurgeryNorthwestern University
    • Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago
  • Edward Wang
    • Northwestern University Transplant Outcomes Research Collaborative (NUTORC), Comprehensive Transplant Center, Feinberg School of MedicineNorthwestern University
    • Division of Transplantation, Department of SurgeryNorthwestern University
  • Michael S. Wolf
    • Division of General Internal Medicine, Department of MedicineNorthwestern University
  • Donna M. Woods
    • Center for Healthcare StudiesNorthwestern University
  • Michael M. Abecassis
    • Northwestern University Transplant Outcomes Research Collaborative (NUTORC), Comprehensive Transplant Center, Feinberg School of MedicineNorthwestern University
    • Division of Transplantation, Department of SurgeryNorthwestern University
Case study

DOI: 10.1007/s13142-012-0176-x

Cite this article as:
Ladner, D.P., Alonso, E.M., Butt, Z. et al. Behav. Med. Pract. Policy Res. (2012) 2: 446. doi:10.1007/s13142-012-0176-x
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ABSTRACT

The field of solid organ transplantation has historically concentrated research efforts on basic science and translational studies. However, there has been increasing interest in health services and outcomes research. The aim was to build an effective and sustainable, inter- and transdisciplinary health services and outcomes research team (NUTORC), that leveraged institutional strengths in social science, engineering, and management disciplines, coupled with an international recognized transplant program. In 2008, leading methodological experts across the university were identified and intramural funding was obtained for the NUTORC initiative. Inter- and transdisciplinary collaborative teams were created across departments and schools within the university. Within 3 years, NUTORC became fiscally sustainable, yielding more than tenfold return of the initial investment. Academic productivity included funding for 39 grants, publication of 60 manuscripts, and 166 national presentations. Sustainable educational opportunities for students were created. Inter- and transdisciplinary health services and outcomes research in transplant can be innovative and sustainable.

KEYWORDS

Transdisciplinary research teamsHealth Services and Outcomes ResearchEducational opportunitiesAcademic productivitySustainable research efforts

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© Society of Behavioral Medicine 2012