A foundational element of the Maimonides medical education experience
Research is a critical component to the clinical and teaching activities at Maimonides. Faculty and attending physicians, residents, fellows, and nurses design and conduct research studies that seek to contribute to knowledge about optimizing clinical care delivery and patient outcomes, evaluating the efficacy of drugs, devices, procedures, or diagnostic tests, and assessing various approaches to improving quality and cost-efficiency of care.
Research training is part of residency and fellowship programs through the provision of education, technical assistance, mentorship, and seed funding for resident-initiated studies. Research professionals at Maimonides have developed online and in-person courses in research education, which address study design and methodology, participant recruitment and retention, and statistical concepts and analysis. Maimonides also annually hosts the New York State-funded Empire Clinical Research Investigator Program (ECRIP) Research Fellows who work closely with faculty mentors on clinical research studies.
Currently, there are more than 350 active research studies ongoing at Maimonides
Clinicians that engage in research at Maimonides are supported by:
- A 20-member Institutional Review Board
- The Office of Grants and Contracts
- The Office of Research Administration
- The Maimonides Research and Development Foundation
We focus on 3 types of research
- Basic Science Research – Laboratory-based research studying biological processes and mechanisms of human disease with a focus on oncology, psychiatry, and surgery
- Clinical Research – Patient-oriented research, which includes clinical trials evaluating the efficacy of drugs, devices, or procedures, as well as investigator-initiated studies that test the effectiveness of specific therapies and interventions
- Health Services Research – Evaluating organizational factors and delivery approaches that advance quality, reduce cost, and improve access to care
To view a list of active clinical trials at Maimonides, please visit www.clinicaltrials.gov and search for “Maimonides Medical Center”
More information on research
Health Services Research
The Maimonides contribution to health services research dates back more than 10 years.
In 1999, Maimonides evaluated the impact of a care coordination program for congestive heart failure (CHF) patients on hospital readmission rates. The care coordination program involved active identification, tracking, and education for CHF patients during and after their hospital visit led by an interdisciplinary care team with nurse practitioners at the Center. CHF readmission rates were measured before and after the intervention and declined from 18% of CHF patients the year before to 6.8% of CHF patients the year after implementation of the care coordination program.
The Safe at Home Program was launched in the Maimonides Division of Geriatric Medicine to assess whether post-discharge home visits by nurse practitioners to elderly patients 75 years and over would reduce 30-day readmission rates. Through this program, Gerontological Nurse Practitioners (GNP) visit elderly patients during their 1st-week post-discharge to conduct assessments, diagnose, and treat acute medical issues. Preliminary program data revealed declines in readmission rates after the implementation of the program when compared with pre-implementation.
With state and private funding, Maimonides is leading an interdisciplinary collaborative of mental health, primary care, and social service providers to advance the quality and cost-efficiency of care delivered to seriously mentally ill patients in Southwest Brooklyn. This collaborative has designed a unique “mental health home” model of care supported by innovative health information technology tools. These tools will enable providers treating the same patients to share important information such as prescribed medications, receive timely alerts on hospital admissions, and update treatment plans in a coordinated fashion.
Research and Development Foundation
The Maimonides Research and Development Foundation (R&D Foundation) is a not-for-profit organization supporting educational, scientific, medical, and charitable activities. Each year, the R&D Foundation provides seed funding to faculty at Maimonides for investigator-initiated clinical and health services research studies.
Chair: Steve Eisenstadt
President: Howard Minkoff, MD
Executive Director: Aviva Segal
Research Conflict of Interest Policy
Maimonides Medical Center has revised its Research Conflict of Interest policy to comply with new federal regulations, effective August 24, 2012, for researchers who are applying for or have received research funding from the Public Health Service (PHS). Maimonides’ revised policy is available here.
Committed to educating in research
Research is critical for conducting studies that seek to contribute to knowledge and assess various approaches to improving quality and cost-efficiency of care.