Ivo Abraham brings the
unusual combination of a clinical background, a distinguished career in
clinical and healthsystems research, dynamic teaching and speaking, and
the restlessness to see the fruits of research materialize into
evidence-based patient care and healthcare management.
Ivo's strengths are in visioning and
planning, outlining and detailing action plans, and getting projects
launched and positioned - to come back in when dissemination and the
translation to evidence-based strategy and practice are the focus.
In addition, he has extensive experience as a methodologist and
quantitative scientist, enabling him to couple the strategic, the
conceptual, and the scientific.
Not always adverse to taking a calculated
risk, Ivo is guided by quotes from three mountaineers: "The summit is only
, the first blind person to climb Mt. Everest); "getting to the summit is
optional, getting back down alive is essential" (Ed Viesturs, America's foremost
climber today); and "most accidents happen on the way down" (Roger Frison-Roche,
mid1900s French mountain guide and novelist).
Since Fall 2003, Ivo has been serving as a Visiting Professor at the
University of Pennsylvania with appointments in the Center for Health
Outcomes and Policy Research (School of Nursing) and the Leonard Davis
Institute of Health Economics (Wharton School of Business). He also holds faculty
appointments at the University of Virginia and New York University; and
has been on the (visiting) faculties of Case Western Reserve University,
Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium), University of Florida, and
University of Groningen and University of Limburg (both in The Netherlands).
Over the past two decades, Ivo’s clinical research and development efforts
have focused on aging and the impact of high-complexity patient
populations - reflecting his clinical background as a nurse. Much of
this work was funded by the National Institutes of Health, National Institute
of Mental Health, W. K. Kellogg Foundation, Pew Charitable Trusts, and
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, among others. Though trained as a
clinician, Ivo also has extensive training in empirical methodologies and
(bio)statistical analysis. His findings have been the foundation for
scores of professional journal articles, white papers, book chapters and
Ivo is recognized
nationally and internationally as a lecturer and consultant. He has
lectured in North-America, Europe, and Asia; and has conducted research
worldwide. He has served on a variety of leadership committees
around the world. For instance, he is currently Chair of the
International Advisory Board of the Institute of Nursing Science at the
University of Basel (Switzerland). He was the first secretary of the
organization that launched the healthcare industry’s HL-7 standard for
electronic data exchange. He was a member of the Advisory Council on
Performance Measurement of the Joint Commission on Accreditation of
Healthcare Organizations. He also served two terms on study review
sections at the National Institutes of Health and the National Institute
of Mental Health.
Ivo has been a
primary or contributing author of over 200 publications. Some of his work
has been published in The Proceedings of the American Statistical
Association, Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, Nephrology
Dialysis Transplantation, Journal of Psychology, Journal of Social and
Clinical Psychology, Transplantation, Journal of Heart and Lung
Transplantation, and Heart and Lung.
Prior to co-founding
he launched The Epsilon Group, now a
contract research organization on the board of which he continues to
B.S., Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
(Leuven, Belgium), 1979
M.S., University of Michigan (Ann Arbor,
Ph.D., University of Michigan (Ann Arbor,
Executive Program in Pharmaceutical
Medicine, University of Basel (Basel, Switzerland), 2001-2003.
In the Other Life ...
Ivo is an accomplished mountaineer (and "glaciereer")
with many treks and ascents in North-America, Europe, and Latin-America.
He enjoys downhill skiing, as well as sailing and swimming. His
artistic interests include modern art (esp. mid-1800s to late-1900s);
architecture and (folk) art as communities have sought shelter,
perspective, and expression throughout the centuries; and contemporary
North- and Latin-American literature.