Kaiser Permanente Southern California

Principal Investigator: Kristi Reynolds, PhD, MPH, FAHA, FACE

Dr. Reynolds is a chronic disease epidemiologist and Director of Epidemiologic Research at Kaiser Permanente Southern California Department of Research & Evaluation as well as Professor in the Department of Health Systems Science at the Kaiser Permanente Bernard J. Tyson School of Medicine. Her research interests have centered on the prevention and treatment of hypertension, dyslipidemia, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. She also studies medication adherence, drug safety, and cardiovascular quality of care and outcomes. She has substantial experience leading and collaborating on multisite epidemiological and intervention studies.

Co-Investigator: Matthew T. Mefford, PhD

Dr. Mefford is a cardiovascular disease epidemiologist and research scientist in the Kaiser Permanente Southern California Department of Research & Evaluation. His research interests include cardiovascular disease disparities, treatments, and outcomes, with a concentrated focus in heart failure. He also studies trends related to cardiovascular disease and the management of cardiovascular risk factors. Dr. Mefford maintains a broad focus in the application of epidemiologic methods to answer various research questions.

About Our Center

The Department of Research & Evaluation is embedded within Kaiser Permanente’s large and dynamic health care system, which serves more than 4.6 million members in Southern California. The member population is socioeconomically diverse and broadly representative of the racial/ethnic groups living in Southern California. Kaiser Permanente is a learning health care organization, committed to continually improving the quality of care it offers to its members. Research plays a vital part in the organization. Investigators focus on research with the potential to make a difference in the care provided within the system and beyond. They have deep and broad expertise in epidemiologic research, behavioral research, health systems research, biostatistics, clinical informatics, and clinical trials. They are supported by experienced project support staff and a robust infrastructure of resources, from lab services to information resources.