Andrea Pusic, MD, MHS, Named Medical Director of the Mass General Brigham Patient-Reported Outcome Measures Program

Andrea Pusic, MD, MHS
Chief, Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Joseph E. Murray Professor of Surgery, Harvard Medical School
Medical Director, Patient-Reported Outcome Measures (PROMs) Program, Mass General Brigham
Director, Patient-Reported Outcomes, Value & Experience (PROVE) Center

Dr. Pusic is the chief of the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the Joseph E. Murray Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School. She is an internationally recognized thought leader in patient-reported outcome measurement and director of the Patient-Reported Outcomes, Value & Experience (PROVE) Center at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. The patient-reported outcomes measures that she and her team have developed for surgical patients have been widely adopted for research and clinical care ( Dr. Pusic has been funded by the National Institute of Health (NIH), the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) and the Agency of Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). In collaboration with the American College of Surgeons, she currently leads an AHRQ-funded study that has expanded PRO collection to 64 hospitals nationwide through the National Surgical Quality Improvement  Program (NSQIP). Dr. Pusic has authored and co-authored over 300 peer reviewed papers.

The MGB Patient Reported Outcome Measures (PROMs) program is the largest PROM program in the United States, collecting over five million validated clinical questionnaires annually; informing providers, researchers and quality analysts of our patients’ symptoms, mental health, quality of life and functional status. The program is active in most MGB institutions across a broad array of specialties, offers over 500 available questionnaires assigned, collected and integrated with the Epic health record.  PROMs is also an active area of academic research, with investigators from both of our systems’ academic medical centers featured in the growing PROMs literature.

PROMs is a central feature of the system’s strategy for measuring, improving, and demonstrating quality patient care across the health system. Dr. Pusic will begin her work with MGB this month reporting to Rachel Sisodia, MD, chief quality officer at MGB, and will remain as chief of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and director of the PROVE Center at the Brigham. 

Welcoming New Faculty – Ko Un ‘Clara’ Park, MD

Please join us in welcoming Ko Un ‘Clara’ Park, MD, as a new faculty member in the Department of Surgery.

Ko Un ‘Clara’ Park, MD
Associate Surgeon, Division of Breast Surgery
Director of Research, Breast Surgery Network Sites

Dr. Park received her undergraduate degree in biochemistry from the University of Notre Dame and her medical degree from Indiana University School of Medicine. She completed general surgery residency training at the Henry Ford Health System and a breast surgical oncology fellowship at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. She is certified by the American Board of Surgery.

Before joining the Brigham, Dr. Park was an assistant professor of surgery at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center James Comprehensive Cancer Center. She developed the robotic breast surgery program and initiated the FDA approved clinical trial evaluating the role of robot-assisted nipple sparing mastectomy. She is an implementation science researcher and is funded by the NCI and the Alliance foundation. She will continue her NCI K08 research titled, “Implementation of operative standards in cancer surgery to improve patient outcomes.”

At the Brigham, Dr. Park will also serve as the director of Research for Breast Surgery Network Sites. In this role, she will review the clinical research portfolios at the Brigham sites and help identify opportunities to expand the clinical trials and research programs to the regional sites.

Dr. Park’s primary clinical focus areas are multidisciplinary breast cancer management, oncoplastic breast surgery and nipple sparing mastectomy.

Welcoming New Faculty – John C. Wain, Jr., MD

Please join us in welcoming John C. Wain, Jr., MD, as a new faculty member in the Department of Surgery.

John C. Wain, Jr., MD
Associate Surgeon, Division of Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery

Dr. Wain received his undergraduate degree from Pennsylvania State University and his medical degree from Jefferson Medical College. He completed residency training in surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital. After a surgical research fellowship at the City of Hope National Medical Center, he completed a fellowship in cardiothoracic surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital and Toronto General Hospital. He is certified by the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Thoracic Surgery.

Before joining the Brigham, Dr. Wain was the chief of the Division of Thoracic Surgery and the vice chairman of the Department of Surgery at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center. Previously, he worked at Mass General Hospital, North Shore Medical Center and Newton-Wellesley Hospital. He’s a member of various societies, including the American Thoracic Society, the American College of Chest Physicians, the Society of Thoracic Surgeons and the American Association for Thoracic Surgery.

Dr. Wain’s clinical and research interests include airway reconstruction, chest wall resection and reconstruction, the surgical management of advanced stage thoracic neoplasms, epigenetic alterations in lung cancer, the inflammatory response to pulmonary injury and the physiology of respiration.