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Denise M. Hynes, PhD, MPH, RN – Research Career Scientist

Denise M. Hynes, PhD, MPH, RN
VA Portland Health Care System
Portland, OR 

Denise M. Hynes, MPH, PhD, RN, FAMIA is a Senior Research Career Scientist at the VA Portland Health Services Research and Development (HSR&D) Center to Improve Veteran Involvement in Care (CIVIC) and Professor of Health Management and Policy in the College of Health and Director of Health Data and Informatics in the Center for Quantitative Life Sciences (CQLS) at Oregon State University. She also has a courtesy faculty appointment in the School of Nursing at Oregon Health & Science University. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Loyola University in Chicago, Masters in Public Health at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, and Doctorate in Health Policy and Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She completed postdoctoral fellowships in Health Policy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and in Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine at Drexel University. She is a registered nurse with a license from the State of Illinois. Dr. Hynes moved to Oregon in 2018 to explore new horizons and expand her research program.

Dr. Hynes' research focuses on innovative approaches to improve healthcare quality, access, and economic burden. Her current research focus is on examining long-term outcomes from COVID and studying approaches to improve care coordination and outcomes for people with chronic health conditions. US Veterans are a special focus of her research.

Dr. Hynes has been extensively involved in the VA HSRD program and VA clinical services throughout her career. Dr. Hynes has been a VA HSRD investigator since 1991, when she joined the Durham VA HSRD program, then the Hines VA (1994-2017), and currently at the Portland VA HSRD CIVIC (2018-current). She has collaborated with VA Offices of Pharmacy, Nursing Service, Social Work and Care Management, Community Care, Renal, Oncology, and Surgery Services, supporting program evaluation and analyses. She co-founded and directed the HSR&D VA Information Resource Center (VIReC) from 1998-2018, a foundational health data knowledge center in VA.

She has held joint faculty appointments at Duke University, Loyola University Chicago, University of Illinois at Chicago, and Oregon State University.

She is currently a Principal Investigator on three major VA grants: one focused on care coordination impacts on the care of Veterans with complex chronic conditions; another focused on the long-term outcomes of COVID-19 infection; and an HSR Consortia of REsearch (CORE) center focused on facilitating research to address access to care and use of VA purchased community care across the US. At Oregon State University, College of Health, Dr. Hynes is the Site PI for a Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) intervention study focused on improving care coordination and quality of life for parents and their adolescents with intellectual and developmental disabilities, which is led by colleagues at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She also leads analyses of Oregon Health Authority All Payer All Claims and other data on access to healthcare among people in Oregon. She has led establishment of Health Data and Informatics resources at Oregon State, including training resources in Research Electronic Data Capture (REDCap) and use of health data for research. In addition to her scientific projects, she mentors STEM undergraduate students, nursing students, health policy graduate (MPH & PhD) students, postdoctoral fellows, and early career clinical scientists. Professor Hynes has produced more than 300 journal articles, technical reports, book chapters, and scientific reports. Dr. Hynes' research has been supported by funding from VA HSR&D, VA CSP, PCORI, and NIH. She has served on VA, PCORI, and NIH peer review panels. She has also served on advisory committees related to health data resources for research including for the US Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation and numerous VA programs. She has served as a consultant for the National Academy of Science Engineering and Medicine. Dr. Hynes has received recognition for her research accomplishments as a VA Secretary's Award for Excellence in Nursing: Special Research Award (2002); VA HSR&D Research Career Scientist (2006-2017); Executive Leadership for Academic Medicine (ELAM) Award (2014); and Fellow of the American Medical Informatics Association (2020). In 2020 she earned recognition as VA HSR&D Senior Research Career Scientist with an award through 2028.

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