Patricia Franklin, MD, MPH, MBA
Sr Scientific Director
Patricia Franklin serves as Professor of Orthopedics and Physical Rehabilitation and Executive Director of Research, Musculoskeletal Center of Excellence, at University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester, MA. Following a residency in Preventive Medicine at the University of Rochester School of Medicine, she completed a fellowship in Health Services Research (MPH/MBA) emphasizing large database design and analysis and inter-disciplinary chronic care models. This training laid the foundation for a career in quality improvement (Medical Director for Quality) and outcomes research. She is the Principal Investigator for the FORCE-TJR research registry and has served of PI of research funded by NIH (NIAMS, NLM), AHRQ, RWJF, FDA, and a new PCORI award that will design, implement, and evaluate individualized outcome prediction tools to guide shared decisions for surgery.
David Ayers, MD
Sr Orthopedic Director
David Ayers is Arthur M. Pappas Professor of Orthopaedics, Chair of the Department of Orthopedics and Physical Rehabilitation, Medical Director of the Musculoskeletal Center of Excellence, as well as, Orthopedist-in-Chief at University of Massachusetts Memorial Health Care System in Worcester, MA. With Dr. Franklin, he led the development of several department-based clinical registries that uniquely include patient-reported outcomes in TJR, Spine, and Hand and upper extremity.
Hua Zheng, PhD
Director of IT and Informatics
Hua Zheng, PhD leads FORCE-TJR IT and Informatics team. She is also an Assistant Professor of Orthopedics and Physical Rehabilitation at University of Massachusetts Medical School.
After completing a PhD in computer science and engineering, she completed a post-doctoral fellowship in clinical informatics supporting the outcome registries at UMass and the FORCE-TJR national database. Her innovative work focuses on user interface design and database function to process and present real-time data to inform clinical practice.
I.T. Systems Lead
Michael has worked for FORCE-TJR for over 3 years to support the I.T. infrastructure. In addition to managing our I.T. systems to meet our member’s needs, he provides customer support for technical issues, and assists with data integration and analysis.
Before joining the FORCE-TJR team, Michael served in the United States Navy as an Aviation Electronics Technician for 4 years. Afterwards he pursued his degree in Computer Science while working as an I.T. intern at UMASS Medical School.
Wenjun Li, PhD
Wenjun has expertise in design and analysis of probability sample surveys, observational cohort and clinical registry studies, individual or cluster-randomized clinical trials in both hospital and community settings.
Wenjun is expert in predictive modeling of medical outcomes and health care utilizations as well as risk adjustment in outcomes research.
Wenyun Yang, MS
Wenyun is a Biostatistician on the FORCE-TJR analysis team. In collaboration with the research team, Wenyun executes statistical modeling for risk adjustment, benchmarking, and the new outcome and risk predictions.
Wenyun holds a Masters Degree in Healthcare Biostatistics from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
Celeste A. Lemay, RN, MPH
Director of Research Operations
Celeste directs operations for FORCE-TJR Research at the data coordinating center. She is responsible for maintaining our high standards for data quality and completeness and leads our Qualified Clinical Data Registry (QCDR) and Patient Quality Reporting System (PQRS) programs.
Celeste has been a Registered Nurse for more than 35 years and completed her Master’s in Public Health at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. With expertise in both the clinical and research worlds, she brings valuable insight on the use of Patient Reported Outcomes in both settings. She also contributes her experience in qualitative research to many of FORCE-TJR ancillary studies.
Betsy Costello, BS
Patient Outcomes Coordinator
Betsy has been with FORCE-TJR since the beginning in 2010. She brings expertise in patient engagement, contributing to FORCE-TJR high recruitment and follow-up PRO data collection rates. Prior to joining FORCE-TJR, Betsy worked as research coordinator on several projects, including the Women’s Health Initiative- a multisite national study looking at major health issues causing morbidity and mortality in postmenopausal women.
Betsy received a bachelor’s degree at Worcester State College with a major in health studies and minor in physical education. In her spare time, Betsy enjoys participating in many sports including competitive tennis and recreational golf. She also spends lots of time having fun with her family including her new granddaughter.
Nathan Taber, BS
Nathan recently joined the FORCE-TJR team in July of 2017 and he works to maintain patient engagement and helps to ensure the integrity of the FORCE-TJR cohort data set.
Before joining the team, he was a student at Brandeis University in Waltham, MA, where he earned Bachelor of Science degrees in Biology and Health: Science, Society, and Policy and graduated Cum Laude. He is planning to attend medical school in the fall of 2019 and currently in the process of applying.
During his free time, he enjoys playing soccer and tennis, and is an avid amateur photographer in both digital and film.
Kailey Carota, BS
Clinical Research Assistant
Kailey joined the team in July 2018 as a Clinical Research Assistant.
She graduated from Umass Amherst with a Bachelor of Science degree in both Psychology/Neuroscience and Kinesiology.
Kailey plans to attend medical school in Fall 2019 with hopes of becoming a surgeon.
Outside of work, Kailey enjoys tennis, reading and traveling.