S-SPIRE is committed to:

·         improving the value of healthcare through research that informs policy and implementation;
·         promoting a surgical health services research community through mentorship and collaboration;
·         developing innovative mixed methodologies.

Our interdisciplinary team includes clinical and research faculty with expertise in implementation science, health economics, bioinformatics, and quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methodologies. 

Upcoming Events

Surgical Outcomes Twitter Journal Club (#SOCJC)

The Surgical Outcomes Club is a consortium of surgeons and scientists interested in Health Services and Outcomes Research in Surgery. Journal Clubs are organized around a defined theme and historically have been in person, with a focus on:

* Importance of topic
*Technical aspects such as methodology including research design, statistics and optimal controls
*Assessment of results
*Implications of findings, and impact on the field

Once a quarter, a Surgical Outcomes Club Board member will moderate a journal club along with a guest host (author of one of the articles), providing an opportunity for you to use social media to discuss the topic, explore collaborations, support, mentorship and promote evidence-based practice. The topic and related articles will be announced 2 weeks ahead of the Tweet Chats that will take place on the 4th Monday and Tuesday of that month at 5 pm Pacific/8 pm Eastern. These Tweet chats are open to the public, allow authors to discus their results with a diverse audience, and increase awareness of topics of importance in the world of Health Services Research. The ultimate goal is to advance science.

Please join in on the conversation!

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The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery Published Study - Dr. Sox-Harris



2018 SSAT/SBAS Resident or Fellow Research Award

Congratulations Dr. Miquell Olivia Miller

Project Title: "Physician Cultural Competency in the Coordinated Care of Rectal Cancer Patients".

The Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract (SSAT) and Society of Black Academic Surgeons (SBAS) Research Committee has selected Dr. Miller as the recipient of the 2018 SSAT/SBAS Resident or Fellow Research Award for her proposal. The research award is $25,000 per year for one to two years.

Principal Investigator include: Dr. Cindy Kin, Assistant Professor of Surgery, Stanford University. Co-Principal Investigator, Dr. Arden Morris, S-SPIRE Director and Vice-Chair of Clinical Research, Stanford University

2017 Intermountain Grant Recipient

Congratulations Dr. Sox Harris

Project Title: "Setting A Foundation For Collaborative Surgical Health Services Reseach".

In 2016, Stanford University and Intermountain Healthcare began collaborating on joint clinical, research and education projects. Intermountain Healthcare is a not-for-profit health system based in Utah. The one-year seed grants of up to $75,000 are being awarded to projects jointly led by PIs form Stanford and Intermountain.

Stanford Seed Grants for Research on Women's Health

The Stanford Women and Sex Differences in Medicine (WSDM) Center

Congratulations Dr. Sabine Girod

Project Title: "The Effect of Sex in Psychological Distress and Opioid Use in the Treatment of Chronic Temporomandibular Joint, Lumbar, and Anorectal Pain".

The Stanford Women and Sex Differences in Medicine (WSDM) Center has selected Dr. Sabine Girod, to receive a WSDM Seed Grant.

Co-principal investigators include: Dr. Arden Morris, Professor of Surgery; Dr. Cindy Kin, Assistant Professor of Surgery; Dr. Loretta Chou, Professor of Orthopedic Surgery; and Dr. Debra Safer, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.


New Addition to
The S-SPIRE Center
Dr. Sylvia Bereknyei Merrell

Sylvia Bereknyei Merrell, DrPH, MS

Dr. Merrell is a Research Scholar specializing in qualitative and mixed methods research. She has over 13 years experience in high-level support of research projects at Stanford, including research design, implementation and dissemination, specifically, qualitative and mixed methods research. She has significant content expertise in the following research areas: patient-physician communication, intraoperative team communication, and language barriers. Dr. Merrell also works closely with educators to design and implement medical education curricula and research across the learning spectrum. Additional interests include capacity building in research methodology for medical students, residents, fellows, and faculty.

AcademyHealth's Surgical and Perioperative Interest Group Advisory Committee

Congratulations Dr. Alex Sox-Harris

Dr. Alex Sox-Harris named to Academy Health’s Surgical and Perioperative Interest Group Advisory Committee.

Dr. Sox-Harris looks forward to working within the Advisory Committee to encourage the Interest Group’s growth and impact.

The Interest Group is a community of MDs, RNs, policymakers and researchers that collaborate on work that informs policy