Arbor Research Collaborative for Health Appoints Chris Spera, PhD as New President & CEO

Seasoned business leader and researcher, Chris Spera, Ph.D, takes the helm at Arbor Research, succeeding retiring president, Robert M. Merion, M.D. FACS.

Dr. Spera joins at the conclusion of a leadership transition process initiated last year by former President, Dr. Robert Merion and the Arbor Research Board of Directors. With Dr. Spera’s appointment, Dr. Merion takes on a new part-time role as a Distinguished Research Scientist, in which he can continue to impact outcomes research and the lives of patients.

Arteriovenous Vascular Access–Related Procedural Burden Among Incident Hemodialysis Patients in the United States

Intervention rates were calculated using data from the United States Renal Data System (USRDS) for patients in the US starting hemodialysis with an arteriovenous fistula or arteriovenous graft created during their first year of hemodialysis.

Transition Announced

Dr. Robert M. Merion, MD, FACS has announced that he will step down as President and Chief Executive Officer of Arbor Research Collaborative for Health by August 2021. The Arbor Research Board of Directors has appointed a Search Committee to lead the recruitment efforts for a successor. The position opportunity can be found on the Arbor Research careers page. Following the transition, Dr. Merion will remain on staff as a member of the scientific team.

Arbor Research Creates Free App to Empower Kidney Disease Patient Self-care

Arbor Research Collaborative for Health, in partnership with NephCure Kidney International and Children's Hospital of Philadelphia has created a smartphone-based application to boost self-care by patients with a range of kidney and renal disorders. This tool will empower patients with kidney disease to manage their health conditions while providing opportunities to improve communication with their healthcare providers. The app was developed in collaboration with kidney disease patients, advocates, clinicians, and researchers to ensure that it addresses patient priorities and preferences for managing their health.

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Measure and Instrument Development and Support (MIDS) Contracting

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) selected Arbor Research Collaborative for Health as one of 31 organizations across the United States to carry out up to $1.6 billion in contract work related to health care quality measurement over the next decade. CMS designed this contracting vehicle to fund work that promotes improvements in both the quality of care and outcomes for Medicare beneficiaries and in the overall efficiency of the Medicare program.


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