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Saul Weiner, M.D.
Saul Weiner, M.D.
University of Illinois School of Medicine
Jesse Brown VA Medical Center, Chicago, IL

Research Interests: Clinical Decision, Education, Patient-Centered Care, Primary Care, Quality Measurement

Dr. Saul Weiner has a primary research interest in exploring and identifying ways to improve how physicians individualize treatment decisions. He has developed the concept of "contextual errors" to describe medical errors that result from failures to identify or take into account factors in patients' lives and circumstances that are relevant to their care. He has conducted an extensive array of federally and privately funded studies employing innovative research methods, including employing unannounced standardized patients to study physician decision making, and inviting actual patients to assist in data collection for the analysis of clinician performance in their own care. He has published on the both the healthcare outcomes and financial implications associated with clinician performance at contextualizing care, and on strategies for improving physician attention to patient context. Dr. Weiner is a former Robert Wood Johnson Generalist Physician Faculty Scholar. He is a staff physician at Jesse Brown VAMC, professor of medicine, pediatrics and medical education at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and the Deputy Director of the VA Center for Innovation in Complex Chronic Care. Dr. Weiner is the University of Illinois at Chicago 2013 Distinguished Researcher of the Year in the Clinical Sciences.

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