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Translational Behavioral Medicine

, Volume 2, Issue 4, pp 446-458

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

  • Daniela P. LadnerAffiliated withNorthwestern University Transplant Outcomes Research Collaborative (NUTORC), Comprehensive Transplant Center, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern UniversityDivision of Transplantation, Department of Surgery, Northwestern UniversityAnn & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of ChicagoDepartment of Medical Social Sciences, Northwestern UniversityCenter for Healthcare Studies, Northwestern University Email author 
  • , Estella M. AlonsoAffiliated withNorthwestern University Transplant Outcomes Research Collaborative (NUTORC), Comprehensive Transplant Center, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern UniversityAnn & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago
  • , Zeeshan ButtAffiliated withNorthwestern University Transplant Outcomes Research Collaborative (NUTORC), Comprehensive Transplant Center, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern UniversityDivision of Transplantation, Department of Surgery, Northwestern UniversityDepartment of Medical Social Sciences, Northwestern UniversityCenter for Healthcare Studies, Northwestern University
  • , Juan Carlos CaicedoAffiliated withNorthwestern University Transplant Outcomes Research Collaborative (NUTORC), Comprehensive Transplant Center, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern UniversityDivision of Transplantation, Department of Surgery, Northwestern UniversityAnn & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago
  • , David CellaAffiliated withDepartment of Medical Social Sciences, Northwestern University
  • , Amna DaudAffiliated withNorthwestern University Transplant Outcomes Research Collaborative (NUTORC), Comprehensive Transplant Center, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern UniversityDivision of Transplantation, Department of Surgery, Northwestern UniversityCenter for Healthcare Studies, Northwestern University
  • , John J. FriedewaldAffiliated withNorthwestern University Transplant Outcomes Research Collaborative (NUTORC), Comprehensive Transplant Center, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern UniversityDivision of Transplantation, Department of Surgery, Northwestern UniversityDivision of Nephrology, Department of Medicine, Northwestern University
  • , Elisa J. GordonAffiliated withNorthwestern University Transplant Outcomes Research Collaborative (NUTORC), Comprehensive Transplant Center, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern UniversityDivision of Transplantation, Department of Surgery, Northwestern UniversityCenter for Healthcare Studies, Northwestern University
  • , Gordon B. HazenAffiliated withDepartment of Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences, McCormick School of Engineering, Northwestern University
    • , Bing T. HoAffiliated withNorthwestern University Transplant Outcomes Research Collaborative (NUTORC), Comprehensive Transplant Center, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern UniversityDivision of Transplantation, Department of Surgery, Northwestern UniversityDivision of Nephrology, Department of Medicine, Northwestern University
    • , Kathleen R. HokeAffiliated withNorthwestern University Transplant Outcomes Research Collaborative (NUTORC), Comprehensive Transplant Center, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern UniversityCenter for Healthcare Studies, Northwestern University
    • , Jane L. HollAffiliated withAnn & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of ChicagoCenter for Healthcare Studies, Northwestern University
    • , Michael G. IsonAffiliated withNorthwestern University Transplant Outcomes Research Collaborative (NUTORC), Comprehensive Transplant Center, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern UniversityDivision of Transplantation, Department of Surgery, Northwestern UniversityDivision of Infectious Diseases, Department of Medicine, Northwestern University
    • , Raymond KangAffiliated withNorthwestern University Transplant Outcomes Research Collaborative (NUTORC), Comprehensive Transplant Center, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern UniversityCenter for Healthcare Studies, Northwestern University
    • , Sanjay MehrotraAffiliated withDepartment of Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences, McCormick School of Engineering, Northwestern University
    • , Luke B. PreczewskiAffiliated withNorthwestern University Transplant Outcomes Research Collaborative (NUTORC), Comprehensive Transplant Center, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern UniversityDivision of Transplantation, Department of Surgery, Northwestern University
    • , Olivia A. RossAffiliated withNorthwestern University Transplant Outcomes Research Collaborative (NUTORC), Comprehensive Transplant Center, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern UniversityDivision of Transplantation, Department of Surgery, Northwestern UniversityCenter for Healthcare Studies, Northwestern University
    • , Pamela H. SharafAffiliated withNorthwestern University Transplant Outcomes Research Collaborative (NUTORC), Comprehensive Transplant Center, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern UniversityCenter for Healthcare Studies, Northwestern University
    • , Anton I. SkaroAffiliated withNorthwestern University Transplant Outcomes Research Collaborative (NUTORC), Comprehensive Transplant Center, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern UniversityDivision of Transplantation, Department of Surgery, Northwestern UniversityAnn & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago
    • , Edward WangAffiliated withNorthwestern University Transplant Outcomes Research Collaborative (NUTORC), Comprehensive Transplant Center, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern UniversityDivision of Transplantation, Department of Surgery, Northwestern University
    • , Michael S. WolfAffiliated withDivision of General Internal Medicine, Department of Medicine, Northwestern University
    • , Donna M. WoodsAffiliated withCenter for Healthcare Studies, Northwestern University
    • , Michael M. AbecassisAffiliated withNorthwestern University Transplant Outcomes Research Collaborative (NUTORC), Comprehensive Transplant Center, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern UniversityDivision of Transplantation, Department of Surgery, Northwestern University

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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 teams Health Services and Outcomes Research Educational opportunities Academic productivity Sustainable research efforts