Mehul Raval Named Director of the Center for Clinical Outcomes Research & Public Health (CORPH)

August 2017

Mehul V. Raval, MD, MS, has been named director of the Center for Clinical Outcomes Research & Public Health (CORPH) of the Pediatric Research Alliance of Emory, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, and the Georgia Institute of Technology. As director, Dr. Raval's special focus will be on building collaboration surrounding health services research within the partner institutions.

CORPH centralizes and coordinates child-health focused outcomes and epidemiologic research throughout the system, emphasizing strong ties to the Rollins School of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; provides a forum for researchers to learn about available resources and suitable funding opportunities, to garner advice about navigating health services research within the partner institutions, and to identify collaborators and investigators; and synergizes with Children's Healthcare of Atlanta's plans for new wellness initiatives impacting the health of Georgia's children.

CORPH's current areas of research concentration include opiate utilization among pediatric populations, childhood obesity, quality improvement projects for common clinical scenarios such as appendicitis and other gastrointestinal surgery, development of optimal care pathways, cost-effectiveness studies, value based care, disparities, and other initiatives.

Dr. Raval's personal research interests span quality improvement efforts for children undergoing surgery to econometrics and health policy studies. He serves as principal investigator on a $1.1M R01 grant from the Agency of Healthcare Research and Quality to study the value of children's surgical care using payment data at children's hospitals as compared to non-children's hospitals for frequently performed surgical procedures. Dr. Raval's work is designed to inform and encourage pricing transparency and cultivation of a high quality, value-centric healthcare system for all children in the U.S.

Through his research and his additional position as director of research for the Emory Division of Pediatric Surgery, Dr. Raval also serves as a mentor to medical students, residents, and students from the Rollins School of Public Health. His mentees have made local, regional, and national presentations and received awards for their health services research.

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