Course Directors

Brennan M.R. Spiegel, MD, MSHS

Professor of Medicine and Public Health

Director of Health Services Research, Cedars-Sinai Health System

Director, Cedars-Sinai Center for Outcomes Research and Education (CS-CORE)

Director, Cedars-Sinai Master’s Degree Program in Health Delivery Science

Cedars-Sinai Site Director, Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI)

Co-Editor-in-Chief, American Journal of Gastroenterology

Dr. Brennan M.R. Spiegel directs Cedars-Sinai Health Services Research and the Cedars-Sinai Center for Outcomes Research and Education (CS-CORE), a multidisciplinary team that investigates how digital health technologies — including wearable biosensors, smartphone applications, virtual reality, and social media — can strengthen the patient-doctor bond, improve outcomes, and save money. CS-CORE unites clinicians, computer scientists, engineers, statisticians, and health services researchers to invent, test, and implement digital innovations, always focusing on the value of technology to patients and their providers. His research team has received funding from the National Institutes of Health, Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, California Institute to Advance Precision Medicine, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Hearst Foundation, Veterans Administration, and industry sources. Dr. Spiegel has published numerous best-selling medical textbooks, editorials, and more than 170 articles in peer-reviewed journals. He also serves as the Co-Editor-in-Chief of the American Journal of Gastroenterology, the leading clinical gastroenterology journal in North America. Dr. Spiegel is listed in the 2016 Onalytica "Top 100 Influencer" lists for digital health (No. 13) and virtual reality (No. 14). His digital health research has been featured by major media outlets, including NBC News, PBS, Forbes, Bloomberg, NPR, and Reuters.

Christopher V. Almario, MD, MSHPM

Assistant Professor of Medicine and Health Services Research Scientist

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

Divisions of Digestive and Liver Diseases, Health Services Research, and Informatics

Cedars-Sinai Center for Outcomes Research and Education (CS-CORE)

Dr. Christopher V. Almario is an Assistant Professor of Medicine and Health Services Research Scientist at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. He obtained his undergraduate degree in Bioengineering and medical degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and Jefferson Medical College, respectively. He then completed his Internal Medicine residency at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, followed by a Gastroenterology fellowship at UCLA. During his fellowship training, he also earned his MS in Health Policy and Management through the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. In July 2015, Dr. Almario joined the Cedars-Sinai academic faculty, and through generous support from an American College of Gastroenterology career development award, he is able to pursue his research interests in clinical informatics, patient-provider portals, wearable biosensors, and health services research. He also serves as Co-Leader of Population Health for the UCLA Clinical and Translational Science Institute and is a Faculty Associate in the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research.