Mission & Vision

Denver Health’s Office of Research strives to create an environment that enables inclusive, inventive, and high-impact research across Denver Health. Part of Denver Health’s core academic mission is to engage 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 two core sub-departments: the Sponsored Programs and Research Office (SPARO) for research administration, and the Center for Health Systems Research (CHSR) for patient-centered outcomes and health services research, and delivery system and implementation science. 

Office of Research Structure

As a learning health system, we have identified a coherent research platform to:

  • Advance quality of care
  • Advance equity and reduce disparities
  • Facilitate clinical, service, and operational excellence


Strategic Framework

Romana Hasnain-Wynia, MS, PHD, Chief Research Officer

Dr. Hasnain-WyniaRomana Hasnain-Wynia is the Chief Research Officer at Denver Health where she 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 Institution, National Quality Forum, Agency 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.