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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


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

Use of telecritical care for family visitation to ICU during the COVID-19 pandemic: an interview study and sentiment analysis
Sasangohar, F, Dhala, A, Zheng, F, Ahmadi, N, Kash, B & Masud, F 2020, , BMJ Quality & Safety, pp. bmjqs-2020-011604.

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. 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

An exploration of community partnerships, safety-net hospitals, and readmission rates
Cheon, O, Baek, J, Kash, BA & Jones, SL 2020, , Health Services Research.

When Workplace Wellness Programs Work: Lessons Learned from a Large Employer in Texas
Cheon, O, Naufal, G & Kash, BA 2020, , American Journal of Health Education, vol. 51, no. 1, pp. 31-39.

Cost-Related Medication Nonadherence in Adults With Atherosclerotic Cardiovascular Disease in the United States, 2013 to 2017
Khera, R, Valero-Elizondo, J, Das, SR, Virani, SS, Kash, BA, de Lemos, JA, Krumholz, HM & Nasir, K 2019, , Circulation, vol. 140, no. 25, pp. 2067-2075.

Variation and Disparities in Awareness of Myocardial Infarction Symptoms Among Adults in the United States
Mahajan, S, Valero-Elizondo, J, Khera, R, Desai, NR, Blankstein, R, Blaha, MJ, Virani, SS, Kash, BA, Zoghbi, WA, Krumholz, HM & Nasir, K 2019, , JAMA Network Open, vol. 2, no. 12, pp. e1917885.

Bosetti, R, Tabatabai, L, Naufal, G, Brito, R & Kash, B 2019, Value in Health, vol. 22, pp. S159.

Psychological Distress and the Use of Clinical Preventive Services by Community-Dwelling Older Adults
Lin, SH, Adepoju, OE, Kash, BA, DeSalvo, B & McMaughan, DK 2019, , Journal of Applied Gerontology, vol. 38, no. 5, pp. 599-616.

Quality indicators to measure the effect of opioid stewardship interventions in hospital and emergency department settings
Rizk, E, Swan, JT, Cheon, O, Colavecchia, AC, Bui, LN, Kash, BA, Chokshi, SP, Chen, H, Johnson, ML, Liebl, MG & Fink, E 2019, , American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy, vol. 76, no. 4, pp. 225-235.

How Leading Hospitals Operationalize Evidence-Based Readmission Reduction Strategies: A Mixed-Methods Comparative Study Using Systematic Review and Survey Design
Kash, BA, Baek, J, Cheon, O, Manzano, JGM, Jones, SL, Paranilam, J & Phillips, RA 2019, , American Journal of Medical Quality.