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Bita A. Kash, PhD, MBA, FACHE

Occidental Petroleum Centennial Chair in Quality and Outcomes, Center for Outcomes Research
Director, Center for Outcomes Research
Professor of Outcomes Research, Academic Institute
Full Member, Research Institute
Houston Methodist
Weill Cornell Medical College


Biography

Bita Kash is the Director of the Center for Outcomes Research at the Houston Methodist Research Institute. The Center for Outcomes Research is a joint center with Texas A&M University School of Public Health. Dr. Kash is Professor of Health Policy and Management at Texas A&M University. She is also Co-Director of a seven-university National Science Foundation (NSF) funded industry-university cooperative research center, the Center for Health Organization Transformation (CHOT), anchored at Texas A&M University. As co-director and PI of the NSF Center for Health Organization Transformation (CHOT), Dr. Kash conducts research to support the implementation of evidence-based transformational strategies within healthcare organizations. She also currently serves as Co-director for the Center for Health & Nature, a partnership between Houston Methodist, Texas A&M University and Texan by Nature. She is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and an active member of Academy Health, the Gerontological Society of America, and Academy of Management. Her areas of research include organizational capacity for change and transformation, evaluation of organizational innovations and technologies in the healthcare delivery system, and healthcare strategic planning and marketing. Her most recent research projects focus on development of strategy bundles to reduce hospital readmission rates, and access to appropriate care. She has published over 80 articles in peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Kash’s research in the areas of perioperative care coordination and the effective use of health information exchanges has resulted in several publications in top-tier health services and policy journals, featured in the NSF’s “Industry-Nominated Technology Breakthroughs of NSF Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers (I/UCRC)” 2016 report, as well as Politico and other media. Finally, as editor-in-chief of the Journal of Healthcare Management (JHM), Kash lead a peer-reviewed journal in the field of healthcare management that incorporates a practitioner application for every research article published from 2014-2017. Total subscriptions for the JHM reach over 43,000 and include healthcare executives, practitioners, researchers, and students.

Description of Research

  • Organizational Capacity for Change and Transformation
  • Nursing Home Staffing and Cost
  • Healthcare Strategic Planning and Marketing
  • Examining Elements of Integrated Primary Provider Networks as Potential Sources of Competitive Advantage using Resource Based Theory
  • Implementation of Evidence-Based Transformational Strategies within Healthcare Organizations

Education & Training

PhD, Texas A&M University, School of Public Health
MBA, The Citadel - The Military College of South Carolina
BS, University of Missouri-Columbia
Publications

Improving Psychiatric Care Through Integrated Digital Technologies
Fowler, JC, Madan, A, Bruce, CR, Frueh, BC, Kash, B, Jones, SL & Sasangohar, F 2021, , Journal of Psychiatric Practice, vol. 27, no. 2, pp. 92-100. https://doi.org/10.1097/PRA.0000000000000535

Improving Psychiatric Care Through Integrated Digital Technologies
Fowler, JC, Madan, A, Bruce, CR, Frueh, BC, Kash, B, Jones, SL & Sasangohar, F 2021, , Journal of Psychiatric Practice, vol. 27, no. 2, pp. 92-100. https://doi.org/10.1097/PRA.0000000000000535

Rapid response to drive COVID-19 research in a learning health care system: Rationale and design of the houston methodist COVID-19 surveillance and outcomes registry (CURATOR)
Vahidy, F, Jones, SL, Tano, ME, Carlos Nicolas, J, Khan, OA, Meeks, JR, Pan, AP, Menser, T, Sasangohar, F, Naufal, G, Sostman, D, Nasir, K & Kash, BA 2021, , JMIR Medical Informatics, vol. 9, no. 2, e26773. https://doi.org/10.2196/26773

Rapid response to drive COVID-19 research in a learning health care system: Rationale and design of the houston methodist COVID-19 surveillance and outcomes registry (CURATOR)
Vahidy, F, Jones, SL, Tano, ME, Nicolas, JC, Khan, OA, Meeks, JR, Pan, AP, Menser, T, Sasangohar, F, Naufal, G, Sostman, HD, Nasir, K & Kash, BA 2021, , JMIR medical informatics, vol. 9, no. 2, e26773, pp. e26773. https://doi.org/10.2196/26773, https://doi.org/10.2196/26773

Sex differences in susceptibility, severity, and outcomes of coronavirus disease 2019: Cross-sectional analysis from a diverse US metropolitan area
Vahidy, FS, Pan, AP, Ahnstedt, H, Munshi, Y, Choi, HA, Tiruneh, Y, Nasir, K, Kash, BA, Andrieni, JD & McCullough, LD 2021, , PLoS ONE, vol. 16, no. 1 January, e0245556, pp. e0245556. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0245556

Adapting an outpatient psychiatric clinic to telehealth during the COVID-19 pandemic: A practice perspective
Sasangohar, F, Bradshaw, M, Carlson, M, Flack, J, Fowler, C, Orme, WH, Weinstein, BL, Kash, BA & Madan, A 2020, , Journal of medical Internet research, vol. 22, no. 10, 22523, pp. e22523. https://doi.org/DOI: 10.2196/22523

Rapid implementation and innovative applications of a virtual intensive care unit during the COVID-19 pandemic: Case study
Dhala, A, Sasangohar, F, Kash, B, Ahmadi, N & Masud, F 2020, , Journal of medical Internet research, vol. 22, no. 9, e20143. https://doi.org/10.2196/20143

Disparities in COVID-19 hospitalizations and mortality among Black and Hispanic patients: Cross-sectional analysis from the greater Houston metropolitan area
Pan, AP, Khan, O, Meeks, JR, Boom, ML, Masud, FN, Andrieni, JD, Phillips, RA, Tiruneh, YM, Kash, BA & Vahidy, FS 2020, , Unknown Journal. https://doi.org/10.1101/2020.08.19.20177956

Racial and ethnic disparities in SARS-CoV-2 pandemic: analysis of a COVID-19 observational registry for a diverse US metropolitan population
Vahidy, FS, Nicolas, JC, Meeks, JR, Khan, O, Pan, A, Jones, SL, Masud, F, Sostman, HD, Phillips, R, Andrieni, JD, Kash, BA & Nasir, K 2020, , BMJ open, vol. 10, no. 8, e039849, pp. e039849. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2020-039849

Improving the cost, quality, and safety of perioperative care: A systematic review of the literature on implementation of the perioperative surgical home
Cline, KM, Clement, V, Rock-Klotz, J, Kash, BA, Steel, C & Miller, TR 2020, , Journal of Clinical Anesthesia, vol. 63, 109760. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jclinane.2020.109760

Associations between particulate matter air pollution, presence and progression of subclinical coronary and carotid atherosclerosis: A systematic review
Jilani, MH, Simon-Friedt, B, Yahya, T, Khan, AY, Hassan, SZ, Kash, B, Blankstein, R, Blaha, MJ, Virani, SS, Rajagopalan, S, Cainzos-Achirica, M & Nasir, K 2020, , Atherosclerosis, vol. 306, pp. 22-32. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.atherosclerosis.2020.06.018

New model of integrated care for uncontrolled type 2 diabetes in a retrospective, underserved adult population in the USA: A study protocol for an effectiveness and cost-effectiveness analysis
Bosetti, R, Tabatabai, L, Naufal, G, Brito, R & Kash, B 2020, , BMJ open, vol. 10, no. 7, e038084. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2020-038084

Effect of ambient air pollution on hospital readmissions among the pediatric asthma patient population in South Texas: A case-crossover study
Baek, J, Kash, BA, Xu, X, Benden, M, Roberts, J & Carrillo, G 2020, , International journal of environmental research and public health, vol. 17, no. 13, 4846, pp. 1-12. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17134846

Association between ambient air pollution and hospital length of stay among children with asthma in south texas
Baek, J, Kash, BA, Xu, X, Benden, M, Roberts, J & Carrillo, G 2020, , International journal of environmental research and public health, vol. 17, no. 11, 3812. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17113812

Prevalence of SARS-CoV-2 infection among asymptomatic healthcare workers in greater Houston: A cross-sectional analysis of surveillance data from a large healthcare system
Vahidy, FS, Sostman, HD, Bernard, DW, Boom, ML, Drews, AL, Christensen, P, Finkelstein, J, Kash, BA, Phillips, RA & Schwartz, RL 2020, , Unknown Journal. https://doi.org/10.1101/2020.05.21.20107581

Bariatric Surgery in End-Stage Heart Failure: Feasibility in Successful Attainment of a Target Body Mass Index: Bariatric Surgery in End-Stage Heart Failure
Del Val, FR, Cheon, O, Menser, T, Kash, B, Jones, SL, Baek, J, Bhimaraj, A, Estep, J, Sherman, V & Tariq, N 2020, , Journal of Cardiac Failure. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cardfail.2020.04.020

Racial and Ethnic Disparities in SARS-CoV-2 Pandemic: Analysis of a COVID-19 Observational Registry for a Diverse U.S. Metropolitan Population
Vahidy, FS, Carlos Nicolas, J, Meeks, JR, Khan, O, Jones, SL, Masud, FN, Sostman, HD, Phillips, RA, Andrieni, JD, Kash, BA & Nasir, K 2020, , Unknown Journal. https://doi.org/10.1101/2020.04.24.20073148

Relation between surgeon age and postoperative outcomes: A population-based cohort study
Satkunasivam, R, Klaassen, Z, Ravi, B, Fok, KH, Menser, T, Kash, B, Miles, BJ, Bass, BL, Detsky, AS & Wallis, CJD 2020, , CMAJ, vol. 192, no. 15, pp. E385-E392. https://doi.org/10.1503/cmaj.190820

Provider Burnout and Fatigue During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Lessons Learned from a High-Volume Intensive Care Unit
Sasangohar, F, Jones, SL, Masud, FN, Vahidy, FS & Kash, BA 2020, , Anesthesia and Analgesia, vol. 131, no. 1, pp. 106-111. https://doi.org/10.1213/ANE.0000000000004866

An exploration of community partnerships, safety-net hospitals, and readmission rates
Cheon, O, Baek, J, Kash, BA & Jones, SL 2020, , Health Services Research. https://doi.org/10.1111/1475-6773.13287