Office of Research



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


Office of Research Leadership

Romana Hasnain-Wynia, PhD, Chief of Academic Affairs

Dr. Hasnain-Wynia

Romana Hasnain-Wynia, PhD, oversees Denver Health’s academic mission in research, education, and public health through the Office of Academic Affairs and Public Health to further Denver Health’s role as a Learning Health System to advance equity. She is also a Professor of Medicine at the University of Colorado, School of Medicine. She served as the Chief Research Officer at Denver Health for six years, where she provided strategic direction for research and sponsored programs. She mentors junior and mid-career investigators at Denver Health and the University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus. She currently co-directs the HRSA funded T-32 post-doctoral training fellowship in Health Services and Outcomes Research in primary care.

Prior to joining Denver Health, Hasnain-Wynia served as the director of the Addressing Disparities program at the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute where she provided strategic oversight for the program’s national funding priorities. She was the director of the Center for Health Care Equity and Associate Professor at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and she spent a decade at the American Hospital Association’s Health Research and Educational Trust as Vice President of Research. Her research focuses on advancing equity in health care with an emphasis on developing and integrating equity measurement in delivery and payment models. Her research and mentorship activities emphasize generating and using real world evidence. She serves on several national advisory panels and is on the editorial boards of the journals Health Affairs and Health Services Research.