Bio for Benjamin Littenberg, M.D. Benjamin Littenberg, M.D.Henry and Carleen Tufo Professor of MedicineProfessor of Nursing Contact Information Office Location: Medicine- Gen. Internal Medicine, Given Courtyard S459 Education1979 Bachelor of Arts in Economics, magna cum laude, Western Reserve College, Cleveland, Ohio1983 Doctor of Medicine, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Cleveland, OhioAcademic InterestsMethodologies for Technology AssessmentClinical Technology AssessmentQuality Improvement and Patient SafetyResearch InterestsMethodologies for Technology AssessmentClinical trialsAssessment of comorbidityMeta-analytic methods for analysis of non-traditional data (diagnostic assessment data, non-randomized data, uncontrolled data)Assessing patients' preferences - novel assessment instrumentsDecision analysisClinical Technology AssessmentHyperactive airways - asthma and coughCommon problems in Primary CareDiagnostic testsQuality Improvement and Patient SafetyBreast cancerDiabetesEpidemiology and reporting of error Academic Appointments1986-89 Clinical Instructor and Physician Specialist, Department of Medicine, Stanford University Medical Center, Stanford, California1989-1994 Assistant Professor of Medicine, Dartmouth Medical School, Hanover, New Hampshire1994-1999 Associate Professor of Medicine, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri1999-present Henry and Carleen Tufo Professor of Medicine and Director of General Internal Medicine, University of Vermont College of Medicine, Burlington, VermontResearch Grants2K30 RR022260 (Littenberg) 6/1/05-5/30/13, National Center for Research Resources (NCRR) $873,762. This grant supports developing a curriculum in clinical research at the University of Vermont to effectively and efficiently transform clinicians and other young academics into successful independent clinical investigators.1R24 HS019462 (Miller) 8/1/10-7/31/12 Agency for Health Research and Quality (AHRQ) Consultant. $963,121. This project establishes a national network of primary care patient centered medical homes with integrated behavioral and psychological services. The goal is to determine the determinants of high quality care in such settings.R01 HL083067 (Yusen) 1/1/06-12/31/10 Consultant. National Institutes of Health (NHLBI) $1,262,250. The goal of this project is to assess the effectiveness of lung transplantation in patients with COPD in the new donor lung allocation system.K24 DK068380 (Littenberg) PI 7/1/04-6/30/09 $789,660. National Institutes of Health (NIDDK). This career development award supports the investigation of barriers to optimum care for patients with diabetes and the mentoring of research fellows and other junior colleagues.R01 DK61167 (Littenberg) PI 9/1/03-8/31/07 $2,031,287 National Institutes of Health (NIDDK).The project implemented and evaluated a regional system to support evidence-based disease management by primary care providers, their practices, and their patients in the community. The primary study question was: "What is the effect of a Diabetes Information System (including education, feedback and decision support) upon disease control measured by glycated hemoglobin?" Secondary questions addressed the effect of the system upon adherence to guideline recommendation, blood pressure, patient satisfaction, medication use, costs, and functional status. Evaluation included a prospective randomized trial in 7,400 patients across the region.Awards and Honors1975-1979 Western Reserve College Presidential Scholarship1986 Howard S. Levine, M.D. Science Award for research, University of Connecticut Affiliated Residency Programs1986 Ludwig J. Pyrtek, M.D. Award for research, Hartford Hospital1989 Fellow of the American College of Physicians1989 Society of General Internal Medicine Associates Member Prize for outstanding scientific presentation1991-1994 American College of Physicians George Morris Piersol Teaching and Research Scholarship1998 Quality Care Research Award, The Academic Medicine and Managed Care Forum2008-09 University Scholar, University of VermontPublicationsLittenberg B, MacLean CD, Zygarowski K, Drapola B, Duncan J, Frank C. The Vermedx Diabetes Information System Reduces health Care Utilization. Am J Managed Care 2009 15:166-170.Dunagan WC, Littenberg B, Ewald GA, Jones CA, Emery VB, Waterman BM, Silverman DS, Rogers JG. Randomized trial of nurse-administered, telephone-based disease management program for patients with heart failure. J Card Fail 2005;11:358-65.Garbutt JM, Goldstein M, Gellman E, Shannon W, Littenberg B. A randomized placebo-controlled trial of antimicrobial treatment for children with acute sinusitis. Pediatrics. 2001;107:619-625Littenberg B, Moses LE. Estimating diagnostic accuracy from multiple conflicting reports: A new meta-analytic method. Medical Decision Making 1993;13:313-321Littenberg B, Gluck EH. A controlled trial of methylprednisolone in the emergency treatment of acute asthma. New England Journal of Medicine 1986;314:150-152.For a complete listing of Dr. Littenberg's publications, visit PubMed.