Sarah Greene, MPH, is the Executive Director of the Health Care Systems Research Network (HCSRN, formerly the HMO Research Network), which is a consortium of 20 research centers that are based in health care delivery systems including Geisinger, HealthPartners, Kaiser Permanente, Harvard Pilgrim, and many others. With a 25-year career in health care research, strategy, and consultation, Ms. Greene brings a strong background to her role as the Network’s first-ever Executive Director. She oversees a full spectrum of activities, including strategy, communication, and operations.

In her previous position, Ms. Greene served as Associate Director with the Methods and Infrastructure Program at the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). In that position, she was responsible for providing intellectual and organizational leadership for the program, primarily working with collaborators on PCORI’s National Patient-Centered Clinical Research Network, PCORnet. She directed numerous aspects of PCORnet, including communication and dissemination activities, independent evaluation of the network, and the interface between PCORnet and participating health systems.

Prior to joining PCORI, Ms. Greene held multiple positions at Group Health Cooperative (now Kaiser Permanente Washington).  As a strategy consultant for care delivery, she lead initiatives on improving patient-centered care, cancer outcomes measurement, and identification of a new vendor for patient experience surveys, and served as the liaison between Group Health’s delivery system and health plan division. While on the Group Health research faculty, her research included patient-centered communication, health literacy, quality of care, approaches to improving the research oversight process, and optimizing collaboration. She held leadership roles on several research consortia, including the Cancer Research Network and Coordinated Clinical Studies Network. As a member of the Clinical and Translational Science Awards consortium, Ms. Greene chaired the national Community Partners Integration committee.  

Ms. Greene is a champion of consumer/patient engagement and has served as the Chair of the Washington Health Alliance’s Consumer Engagement Committee since 2008. Over the course of her career, she has frequently served in facilitation, change management, and team development roles, and complements these soft skills with strong technical capabilities including literature synthesis, evaluation, and analysis.

An accomplished writer and speaker, Ms. Greene has presented to the National Academy of Medicine, American College of Cardiology, International Society of Pharmacoeconomics Research, and numerous other organizations. She has authored more than 70 manuscripts, many focused on development and implementation of multicenter research, and she created ResearchToolkit.org, which aggregates publicly available resources related to conduct of health research studies. She received both her MPH, and a BA in Psychology and Italian from Indiana University, and currently resides in Seattle.

Involvement with AcademyHealth:

  • Committee Member - 2018 Annual Research Meeting