Research Overview

  • National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute supported 2016 patient randomized clinical trial evaluating transfusion thresholds in hip fracture patients with underlying cardiovascular disease or risk factors (FOCUS).
  • National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute supported pilot trial evaluating transfusion thresholds in patients with acute coronary syndrome (MINT).
  • National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute supported multicenter trial evaluating effect of storage time of red blood cells on outcomes in patients undergoing cardiac surgery (RECESS)
  • National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute supported supplement Acute Coronary Syndrome in Hip Fracture Patients Undergoing Surgical Repair (FOCUS Supplement)
  • National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute supported supplement Impact of Transfusion Strategy on Long-Term Mortality
  • Self management strategies with diabetics, in clinics and in community based management settings
  • Beliefs and behaviors of patients with chronic illnesses looking at ways to predict clinical outcomes and patient adherence to medical interventions
  • Behavioral economics indicating that subtle changes in how a choice is presented can have profound effects on the health decisions that people make. The objective of the current research is to examine the use of default options as a mechanism to encourage healthy behavior in three aging-relevant domains: (i) influenza vaccination, (ii) dietary choices, and (iii) pharmaceutical prescription refills
  • Evaluating the benefits of various combinations of tobacco cessation pharmacotherapies
  • Effective treatment of tobacco users with medical illness, including hospitalized smokers
  • Evaluating the knowledge, attitudes, and beliefs of continuing tobacco users diagnosed with cancer
  • Exploring perceptions among South Asian indigenous tobacco users
  • Multicenter, national cooperative project to develop and disseminate best practices for clinical decision support including the development of methods to implement clinical
    guidelines for use in the electronic medical record (EMR) and managing them in a format that can be shared across institutions and across EMR products from different vendors.
  • “AT9” – the 9th iteration of the American College of Chest Physicians Antithrombotic Guidelines, to appear in Chest journal in 2011. Dr. Sonnenberg is the primary resource consultant for the Ischemic Stroke and Chronic CAD chapters with responsibility for reviewing, interpreting and applying published cost-effectiveness analyses to the new version of the guidelines.
  • A novel knowledge-based framework which we call Visual Clinical Problem Threading for Case Summarization. Uses methods of computational thinking (representation, visualization, and machine learning) to produce high-level visual summaries of clinical histories of patients with multiple, complex medical problems in electronic medical records.
  • Treatment of osteoporosis and seizure Medication’s Effect on Bone Mineral Density and Vitamin D status
  • Study of Bone Mineral Density as a Risk Factor for Recurrence in Patients with Clinically Significant Early Stage Prostate Cancer
  • Medical education research collaboration at RWJMS through monthly Medical Education Research Interest Group meetings where new research project ideas or current works in progress are discussed

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