So hopefully some of you already know me from following me from my old blog. And, perhaps, some of you recognize me from Austin’s referencing my work. But introductions are in order, nonetheless.
My name is Aaron Carroll, and I am a health services researcher. I have a hard time explaining what I do, but when you break it down, I do research on health care at a systems level. Most of my funded research is in information technology and decision support systems as they are applied to clinical care. I also do some health policy work, some broader work in decision analyses, and a bit in professionalism. If you have a burning interest, you can go read some of my papers in the medical literature, or more about my real job in the Indiana Children’s Health Services Research group and the Center for Health Policy and Professionalism Research.
I grew up on the East Coast, outside of Philadelphia. I went to college in Massachusetts, then back to Philly for medical school. Then I headed out west to Seattle for five years for my pediatrics residency and fellowship in health services research. In 2003, I moved to Indiana to work at IU school of medicine, and here I remain.
Most of what I post here will be about health policy. Every once in a while I will write something broader about health or medicine. And, once in a while, I will write something just for fun. I also periodically blog over at The Huffington Post, and will cross-post those here in the future.
I’m married, and have three children ages 4 to 8 1/2. This is in spite of my having a huge comic book collection, almost every video game system you can think of, and a large set of Star Wars Lego models in my office.
I am a pretty regular guest on Stand Up! with Pete Dominick on Sirius/XM radio, and on Sound Medicine, which is on regional NPR. You may also occasionally hear me talking about medical myths somewhere, since I co-wrote a book on the subject last year.
I’m excited to be here!