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Duke SCORES Team

Duke SCORES is made up of faculty members and trainees from the Duke Department of Surgery who are interested in health services research (HSR).

Steering Committee


Charles D. Scales, Jr., MD

Charles Scales Jr., MD, MSHS, is an assistant professor of surgery in the Division of Urologic Surgery and is a faculty member in the Center for Clinical and Genetic Economics at DCRI. He is also APD for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety for the Duke Urology Residency. Prior to joining Duke's faculty, he completed the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation/VA Clinical Scholars Program at UCLA. A health services researcher by training, Dr. Scales is interested in improving care delivery for patients with urologic conditions, particularly at the interface between the generalist and specialist. He also has extensive experience in graduate medical education, having served as resident member of the Urology Residency Review Committee, on the Urology Milestones working group, and the board of directors of the ACGME. His research is funded by the NIH, National Cancer Center Network, and the Society of Urologic Chairpersons and Program Directors.

Lauren G. Anderson, PhD

Dr. Anderson holds a PhD in Neurobiology from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a BA in Neuroscience from The 

Johns Hopkins University. She came to Duke in 2010 as a Postdoctoral Associate in the Department of Neurology. During her graduate studies, Dr. Anderson worked in Research and Sponsored Programs at UNC General Administration, analyzing research activity across 16 campuses, serving as a liaison for the opening of the North Carolina Research Campus (NCRC) in Kannapolis, and evaluating the UNC Research Administration Management System & eSubmission (RAMSeS) platform for launch throughout the UNC System.  Dr. Anderson joined the School of Medicine’s Office of Research Development in June 2013 before transferring to Surgery in October 2015. 

Rachel Adams Greenup, MD

Rachel Adams Green, MD, MPH, is an Associate Professor of Surgery and Director of the Breast Fellowship. Dr. Greenup completed 

her surgery residency at the Medical College of Wisconsin and completed her Breast Surgial Oncology fellowship with Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Greenup completed a Master's of Public Health from the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health. Dr. Greenup's is currently working on better understanding how knowledge of health care costs may impact patients' and doctors treatment decisions. Dr. Greenup was also a recipient of the 2016 SCORES Scholars award.


Leila Mureebe, MD 

Leila Mureebe, MD, MPH, is an associate professor of surgery in the Division of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery. She serves as the associate program director (APD) for the Vascular Surgery Residency Program. She earned her Master of Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Mureebe’s research interests include the influence of care processes on outcomes and decision-making in vascular surgery. 





Jonathan C. Routh, MD

Jonathan C. Routh, MD is the Paul H. Sherman, MD Associate Professor of Surgery and Associate Professor in Pediatrics. Dr. Routh completed his urology residency at the Mayo Clinic. He finished his training at Boston Children's Hospital and Harvard Medical School, where he completed simultaneous fellowships in Pediatric Urology and 

Pediatric Health Services Research. Dr. Routh also obtained a Master's of Public Health degree from the Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Routh's research focuses primarily on health care delivery issue for children being treated for vesicoureteral reflux, urolithiasis, genitourinary malignancies, and neurogenic bladder. Dr. Routh was also a recipient of the 2016 SCORES Scholars award.

Betty Tong, MD

Betty Tong, MD, MHS, MS, is an assistant professor of surgery in the Division of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery. She serves as assistant program director for the Joint and Traditional Training Programs in Thoracic Surgery, and the program director for the Integrated 6-year Thoracic Surgery residency. Following her training in thoracic surgery, she earned her Master of Health Science (MHS) degree at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Dr. Tong’s research interests include patient preferences and health care decision-making, comparative effectiveness for surgical diseases, survey research, health disparities and simulation in graduate medical education. Her work has been funded by the NICHD through the Duke Building Interdisciplinary Careers in Women’s Health (BIRCWH) Grant and the Cardiothoracic Surgical Trials Network.

David Witsell, MD

David Witsell, MD, MHS, is a professor in the Department of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery (OHNS), and is a faculty member of the DCRI. He obtained his MHS through the Clinical Research Training Program in 2000. With two decades of experience in community-based research projects and initiatives, he is the lead PI for CHEER, a national practice-based research network, and is dedicated to collaborative, multi-center and single site projects that build a foundation for evidence-based medicine. Dr. Witsell has authored or co-authored more than 50 peer-reviewed articles, reviews, and book chapters. He is the lead collaborator on the Clinical Scholars Program, an online course for clinical and health services research, and biostatistics. Dr. Witsell will develop a research education and grant funded research project portfolio in practice-based and HSR and mentor residents.

Theresa Champion

Theresa Champion is the Program Coordinator for SCORES. Theresa comes to Duke SCORES after spending the previous 2 years as a Health Educator with Community Care of North Carolina (CCNC). Theresa also operated her own consulting business writing grants and training non-profit organizations on grant writing. Prior to that, Theresa served as Proposal Coordinator at the Carolina Population Center and Grants Management Officer in the Department of Psychology at UNC-CH.