Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation Gives Excellence in Research Award to Kellogg Glaucoma Specialist
ANN ARBOR, MI - Joshua D. Stein, M.D., M.S., is one of two recipients of the 2009 McDevitt Excellence in Research Award for physicians in the area of clinical research by the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation. Citing Dr. Stein’s recent study of complications in patients undergoing incisional glaucoma surgery, the Foundation will provide a $10,000 grant for further clinical or health policy research.
Dr. Stein, a glaucoma specialist at the University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center, analyzed a Medicare claims database to compare rates of complications experienced by patients who had one of three major glaucoma surgeries: a primary trabeculectomy, trabeculectomy with scarring, or implantation of a glaucoma drainage device. One goal of the study was to determine whether patients receiving one of these common glaucoma surgical procedures experienced fewer adverse events as compared with patients undergoing one of the other procedures.
The study, "Longitudinal Rates of Postoperative Adverse Outcomes after Glaucoma Surgery among Medicare Beneficiaries 1994 to 2005," appeared in the July 2008 issue of Ophthalmology. An accompanying editorial in the journal notes that "Stein et al present a fascinating and provocative assessment of long-term complications of incisional glaucoma surgery," and goes on to suggest that further studies comparing complications associated with these surgical procedures are needed to better understand whether one procedure is safer and more effective than the others.
Dr. Stein examines patients in the U-M Kellogg Eye Center’s Glaucoma Clinic in Ann Arbor. He has led a number of research projects analyzing data from large health care databases to understand the incidence and prevalence of eye diseases, utilization patterns of eye-care procedures, and health outcomes of patients undergoing various medical and intraocular surgical interventions.
The Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation is dedicated to improving the health of Michigan residents by supporting health care research and innovative health programs. The Foundation's grant programs are conducted by Michigan-based researchers and nonprofit community health care organizations. The Excellence in Research award is named for the late Frank J. McDevitt, D.O., a visionary health leader and former chair of the BCBSM Foundation.
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Written by Betsy Nisbet