James Harrison's career has focused on research and quality improvement efforts that seek to improve the delivery and experiences of healthcare for people who have been hospitalized. He joined the UCSF Division of Hospital Medicine (DHM) as a Research Specialist in 2012 before moving to a Faculty position in 2016. Before UCSF, James was based at the Surgical Outcomes Research Centre (SOuRCe) at the University of Sydney and Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. It was in Sydney that James completed his Masters of Public and PhD.
James is currently an inaugural Scholar of the Learning Health System K12 Career Development Program funded by the Agency for Health Research & Quality (AHRQ) and the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). This Program supports scientists who conduct patient-centered outcomes research within learning health systems in order to help accelerate the translation of research and evidence into practice. His K12 focuses on research and training that supports the goal of creating age-friendly care transitions using telehealth technologies.
In addition, James' growing area of research interest and expertise relates to engagement science. He has a completed a number of PCORI-funded studies seeking to explore, and describe, the methods and best practices of engaging patients and caregivers as partners and co-investigators in research and quality improvement. He has applied his research to practice and now leads two Patient & Family Advisory Councils (PFACs) – the first for a national research collaborative (www.hospitalinnovate.org) and the second for the DHM. These PFACs ensure patients and caregivers are central to research and quality improvement efforts. James is also a member of the PCORI Patient Engagement Advisory Panel and is an PCORI Ambassador.
In addition to his research, James' provides research mentorship, support and collaboration across the range of initiatives within DHM and to catalyze scholarship with DHM's faculty and learners. His work within the DHM is varied and involves quality improvement, patient experience, clinical practice change and high value care.