Mission & Vision

Denver Health’s Office of Research strives to create an environment that enables inclusive, inventive, and high-impact research across Denver Health. As a learning health system, Denver Health engages in research and evaluation for the benefit of our patients and community by generating, disseminating, and using evidence. We aim to build partnerships locally and nationally, create and support infrastructure with effective and efficient grants administration, and conduct rigorous research and evaluation.

The Office of Research is composed of three sub-departments: the Center for Health Systems Research (CHSR); the Sponsored Programs and Research Office (SPARO); and Research Operations. 

Office of Research Structure


Romana Hasnain-Wynia, MS, PHD, Chief of Academic Affairs and Public Health

Dr. Hasnain-Wynia

Romana Hasnain-Wynia oversees Denver Health’s research and sponsored programs through the Office of Research and represents research interests as a member of the Executive Leadership Team. She also actively mentors junior investigators at Denver Health and the University of Colorado, Denver.

Prior to joining Denver Health, Dr. Hasnain-Wynia served as the director of the Addressing Disparities program at the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute where she was responsible for providing strategic oversight and leadership for the program’s funding priorities. Prior to PCORI, she was the director of the Center for Health Care Equity and Associate Professor at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She spent a decade at the American Hospital Association’s Health Research and Educational Trust, where she was Vice President of Research.

She has been the principal investigator for a number of national studies focusing on advancing equity in health care with an emphasis on developing and integrating equity measurement in health systems. She uses mixed methods approaches in her research and has expertise in designing pragmatic trials in “real world settings.” Dr. Hasnain-Wynia serves on a number of committees for organizations, including the Brookings InstitutionNational Quality ForumAgency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and Institute of Medicine/National Academy of Medicine. She currently serves on the board of trustees for the Colorado Health Institute and on the editorial boards of the journals Health Affairs and Health Services Research.