Chris Weaver

Chris Weaver

"The challenges ahead in health care require dynamic clinical leaders – those who can innovate and successfully implement evidence-based practices. At Eskenazi Health, we value these types of thinkers who help provide the best care to our patients and our community. I am excited about the knowledge and skill set the graduates of this certificate will bring to the health care industry." -Chris Weaver, M.D., MBA,  Chief Medical Officer,  Eskenazi HealthChris Weaver, M.D., MBA, Chief Medical Officer, Eskenazi Health

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Inside Indiana Business- IU School of Medicine Launching first-of-it's-kind Program

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

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Innovation & Implementation Science Team

MBoustaniMalaz Boustani, MD, MPH
Founding Director, Chief Innovation & Implementation Officer

Dr. Boustani is the CHIIS Founding Director and holds several other positions throughout the University and local Healthcare systems including:

Associate Director, IU Center for Aging Research
Richard M. Fairbanks Professor in Aging Research
Founding Director, Center for Brain Care Innovation, Eskenazi Health
Investigator, Regenstrief Institute, Inc

Dr. Boustani’s main research focuses on rapid translation of aging brain research discovery into health care delivery by using the lens of complexity science, the tools of medical informatics, and the methods of public health epidemiology.  In his free time, Dr. Boustani reads physics books (for fun) and watches soccer.

Click HERE to see Dr. Boustani’s publications and research profile.


NAdamsNadia Adams, MHA
Chief Operating Officer

Ms. Adams’ focus is on utilizing her experiences working within health care systems to apply innovation and implementation science to bridge the gap between research and care delivery. Her work consists of taking evidence-based models of care, tools, programs and practices that have yielded better care, better health and lower costs for targeted patient populations, and disseminating these models of care across multiple healthcare systems and care venues.



NaKeita Boyd
Executive Director

Ms. Boyd is an accomplished Operations Manager with the unique gift of turning strategic vision in to operationalized goals.  She brings over 10 years business sector experience along with her passion of bridging the gap between healthcare delivery systems and the populations they serve.  She also has experience with software product management which allows her to effectively match business needs to various technology platforms.


Nicole Fowler, PhD, MHSA
CHIIS Implementation Scientist

Dr. Fowler is an Assistant Professor with a primary appointment in the Department of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics, and a scientist in the IU Center for Aging Research and Center for Health Care Innovation and Implementation. From 2010-2014 she was an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh and the Associate Director of the University of Pittsburgh Alzheimer Disease Research Center Education Core.

As an investigator, her research involves medical decision making and the development, testing, and implementation of evidence-based interventions for older individuals with cognitive impairment. All of Dr. Fowler’s work is patient-centered and has the goal of improving medical decision making quality for older adults with cognitive impairment and their families. Her career development project (K12; 2010-2014) focused on perceptions about screening for dementia in primary care and on the impact of early identification of dementia on medical decision making about clinical preventive services.

Click HERE to see Dr. Fowlers publications and research profile


Screen Shot 2017-03-09 at 11.54.50 AMKara Peterson, MS
Business Development & Strategy Coordinator

Kara is the Business Development & Strategy Coordinator for CHIIS and also functions as the Sr. Network Coordinator for the CHIIS’ GLPTN project.  She works with all levels to ensure strategy and implementation of project activities are on track with established goals and timelines.  Her work experience spans from fundraising and economic development to office administration.


TPerkinsTony Perkins, MS
Director, Advance Analytics

Tony is the Director, Advanced Analytics for CHIIS and also functions as the expert biostatistician and leads the data core for the CHIIS’ GLPTN project. Tony received his Master’s degree in Biostatistics from the University of Michigan School of Public Health. For the last 10 years, he ran his own consulting company. Prior to that he worked 10 years at the Regenstrief Institute and Indiana University Center for Aging Research. He has over 20 years of experience working in health services research, collaborating with researchers on a variety of observational studies, randomized control trials, and retrospective studies. The primary areas of his research collaboration have focused on dementia, depression, and delirium.



GShankarGanesh Shankar, MS
Director, Informatics & Design

Ganesh is the Director, Informatics & Design for CHIIS and also functions as the Network Data Manager for CHIIS’ GLPTN project. Ganesh has earned two Master’s Degrees, one from Carnegie Mellon in Biological Sciences, and one from the State University of New York, Buffalo in Bioinformatics. He has provided his expertise to Indiana University since 2007, working for the Simon Cancer Center, the Advanced Biomedical IT Core, and the Translational Informatics Program of Indiana CTSI before joining CHIIS.