Hardeep Singh, MD, MPH, received the 2012 Alice S. Hersh New Investigator Award from AcademyHealth at the society's annual research meeting in late June. Singh was cited for his work aimed at improving patient safety and the quality of outpatient care. In particular, he has studying using health information technology—such as VA's electronic medical records—to identify and reduce diagnostic and other medical errors. Singh leads the health policy and quality program at the Houston VA Health Services Research and Development Center of Excellence. He is also an assistant professor of medicine and health services research at Baylor College of Medicine.
Stephan Fihn, MD, MPH, received the 2012 Glaser Award from the Society for General Internal Medicine. The society's highest honor, the award recognizes outstanding contributions to research and education. Fihn has conducted extensive research on quality of care, and is the former director of the Center for Outcomes Research in Older Adults at the VA Puget Sound Healthcare System. He is also a past recipient of the Under Secretary's Award in Health Services Research from VA.