Michael Weiner, MD, MPH

Professor of Medicine, Indiana University School of Medicine
Director, Indiana University Center for Health Services and Outcomes Research
Director, William M. Tierney Center for Health Services Research, Regenstrief Institute, Inc.
Principal Investigator, VA HSR&D Center for Health Information and Communication

    A Professor of Medicine, Dr. Weiner joined the IU School of Medicine faculty and the Regenstrief Institute in 1999, following  undergraduate work at Brown University, medical school at Duke  University, and residency and fellowship at The Johns Hopkins  University. While at Hopkins, he also earned a master’s degree in public  health. He is Director of Regenstrief Institute's William M. Tierney Center for Health Services Research and the Indiana University Center for Health Services and Outcomes Research. He also is Director of the Center for Health Information and Communication, a Center of Innovation in the Department of Veterans Affairs Health Services Research and Development Service, located at the Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center in Indianapolis.

     Dr. Weiner’s professional interests are health services research,  geriatrics, and health informatics. At IU Geriatrics, he founded the  gero-informatics program, which under his leadership focused on leveraging health information technologies to improve the care of older  adults.  In 2003, Dr. Weiner was awarded the Outstanding Researcher Award from the Division of General Internal Medicine & Geriatrics, Indiana University School of Medicine. His clinical and health-services research is focused on measuring and improving the quality, coordination, and delivery of  health services for older adults. He also studies the effects of health  information and information technology on physicians' practices and  patients' outcomes. Dr. Weiner has conducted studies of specialty referral, patient-physician videoconferencing, and other forms of  telecommunication to improve healthcare. Current research includes development, implementation, and study of information systems to promote  clinical handoffs, management of medications, patient-centered  geriatrics care, and clinical decision support.

     In 2013, Dr. Weiner received the Indiana University Department of Medicine Teaching Excellence Award. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Center for Health Innovation and Implementation Science in the IU School of Medicine and on the Project Development Team in Implementation Science for the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute. 

Dr. Weiner is board certified in Internal Medicine and a staff physician at Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center.



  Primary care for older adults



Physician Group:  
     IU Health Physicians  
Hospital Privileges:  
     IU Health Methodist/IU Health University  
     Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center  



School of Medicine      Duke University School of Medicine
Fellowship      Johns Hopkins University
Residency      Johns Hopkins University

Active Studies

I. US Department of Veterans Affairs  (2013-2018)

"VA Health Services Research and Development Center for Health Information and Communication" (PI) 

The mission of this center grant is to generate knowledge about the design and utility of innovative health information technology (HIT) approaches to improve the quality and outcomes of care. Focused areas of research include HIT as a knowledge management tool and hand-offs and transitions in care.

II. Regenstrief Institute, Inc. (2010-2016)

"Regenstrief Institute Center for Health Services Research" (Director)

The mission of this center grant is to improve healthcare delivery and health outcomes of patients through research on patient safety, quality of care, patient-provider communication strategies, applied health information technologies, system redesign, and health profession practice and education research.

III. Merck/Regenstrief Program in Personalized Health Care Research and Innovation (2014-2015)

"Hypoglycemia Risk Calculator for Use in Clinical Practice" (PI)

Project aims to design a risk calculator to aid clinicians in identifying at-risk patients who may benefit from preventive strategies.

IV. US Department of Veterans Affairs (2013-2018)

"Improving Consultation Management between Primary Care and Sub-Specialty Clinics" (PI)

Study designed to explore and improve outpatient consultation management in the Veterans Health Administration by identifying barriers, facilitators, and improvements to the referral process and technological supports that specialists use to communicate findings to primary care providers.

Selected Publications       


1. Russ AL, Zillich AJ, Melton B, Russell SA, Chen S, Spina J, Weiner M, Johnson E, Daggy JK, McManus MS, Hawsey J, Puleo A, Doebbeling BN, Saleem JJ. Applying human factors principles to alert design increases efficiency and reduces prescribing errors in a scenario-based simulation. Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association 2014;2014 Oct;21(e2):e287-96.

2. Weiner M. The potential of crowdsourcing to improve patient-centered care. The Patient -Patient-Centered Outcomes Research. 2014;7(2):123-127.

3. Melton BL, Spina JR, Zillich AJ, Saleem JJ, Weiner M, Russell SA, Chen S, Russ AL. Development of standardized patient scenarios for usability testing of medication alerts. AMIA Annual Symposium Proceedings. 2013 November; 995.

4. Byrne C, Hunolt E, Bouhaddou O, Pan E, Botts NE, Mercincavage L, Olinger L, Banty K, Bennett J, Weiner M, Haggstrom D, Cromwell T. Performance evaluation framework for the Virtual Lifetime Electronic Record (VLER) health information exchange pilot program. AMIA Annual Symposium Proceedings. 2013 November; 162.

5. Cheng S, Hristidis V, Weiner M. Leveraging user query sessions to improve searching of medical literature. AMIA Annual Symposium Proceedings. 2013 Nov 16;2013:214-23. eCollection

6. Carr TA, Weiner M, Haggstrom DA. Patient, caregiver, and provider perceptions of a colorectal cancer personal health record. AMIA Annual Symposium Proceedings. 2013 November; 188.

7. Cadwallader J, Spry K, Morea J, Russ AL, Duke J, Weiner M. Design of a medication reconciliation application – facilitating clinician-focused decision making with data from multiple sources. Applied Clinical Informatics 2013 (March); 4:110–125. 

8. Russ AL, Weiner M, Russell SA, Baker DA, Fahner WJ, Saleem JJ. Design and implementation of a hospital-based usability laboratory: insights from a Department of Veterans Affairs laboratory for health information technology. Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety 2012 (December); 38(12):531-540.

9. Ballard J, Rosenman M, Weiner M. Harnessing a health information exchange to identify surgical device adverse reactions for urogynecologic mesh. AMIA Annual Symposium Proceedings. 2012; 1109–1118.

10. Sands LP, Xu H, Thomas J, Paul S, Craig B, Rosenman M, Doebbeling CC, Weiner M. Volume of home and community based services and time to nursing-home placement. Medicare & Medicaid Research Review 2012 Q3 (October); 2(3):E1-E21.

11. Bharmal MF, Dedhiya S, Craig BA, Weiner M, Rosenman M, Sands LP, Modi A, Doebbeling C, Thomas J. Incremental dementia-related expenditures in a Medicaid population. American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry 2012 (January); 20(1):73-83.

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