Heather S. Reisinger, PhD

Associate Director for Research
Affiliate Faculty, Department of Anthropology
Associate Professor of Internal Medicine - General Internal Medicine

Contact Information

Primary Office: B42-165 VAMC
Iowa City, IA 52242


BA, Anthropology & Art, Luther College
MA, Applied Anthropology, University of Maryland
PhD, Anthropology, American University

Post Doctoral Fellow, Drug Dependency Epidemiology, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health


O'Shea AMJ,, Vaughan Sarrazin, M., Nassar, B., Cram, P., Johnson, L., Bonello, R., Panos, R. J. & Reisinger, H. S. (2017). Using electronic medical record notes to measure ICU telemedicine utilization. J Am Med Inform Assoc, 24(5), 969-974. PMID: 28379510.

Thomas, J. T., Moeckli, J., Mengeling, M. A., Goedken, C. C., Bunch, J., Cram, P. & Reisinger, H. S. (2017). Bedside Critical Care Staff Use of Intensive Care Unit Telemedicine: Comparisons by Intensive Care Unit Complexity. Telemedicine journal and e-health : the official journal of the American Telemedicine Association, 23(9), 718-725. PMID: 28328388.

Fortis, S., Nassar, B. S. & Reisinger, H. S. (2017). Does Size Matter in ICU Telemedicine?. Chest. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.chest.2017.01.037.

Goedken, C. C., Moeckli, J., Cram, P. M. & Reisinger, H. S. (2017). Introduction of Tele-ICU in rural hospitals: Changing organisational culture to harness benefits. Intensive Crit Care Nurs, 40, 51-56. PMID: 28216177.

Chang, N. N., Reisinger, H. S., Jesson, A. R., Schweizer, M. L., Morgan, D. J., Forrest, G. N. & Perencevich, E. N. (2016). Feasibility of monitoring compliance to the My 5 Moments and Entry/Exit hand hygiene methods in US hospitals. Am J Infect Control. PMID: 27061257.

Ono, S., Dziak, K., Wittrock, S., Buzza, C., Stewart, K., Charlton, M., Kaboli, P. & Reisinger, H. S. (2015). Managing Dual Use Patients Across Two Health Care Systems: A Qualitative Study. Fed Pract, 32(8), 32-37.

Wittrock, S., Ono, S., Stewart, K., Reisinger, H. S. & Charlton, M. (2015). Unclaimed Healthcare Benefits: A Mixed Method Analysis of Rural Veterans. J Rural Health, 31(1), 35-46. PMID: 25052886.

Polacco, M. A., Shinkunas, L., Perencevich, E. N., Kaldjian, L. C. & Reisinger, H. S. (2015). See one, do one, teach one: hand hygiene attitudes among medical students, interns, and faculty. Am J Infect Control, 43(2), 159-161. PMID: 25637116.

Chen, L. F., Vander Weg, M. W., Hofmann, D. A. & Reisinger, H. S. (2015). The Hawthorne Effect in Infection Prevention and Epidemiology. Infection control and hospital epidemiology, 36(12), 1444-50. PMID: 26383964.

Leykum, L. K., Chesser, H., Lanham, H. J., Carla, P., Palmer, R., Ratcliffe, T., Reisinger, H., Agar, M. & Pugh, J. (2015). The Association Between Sensemaking During Physician Team Rounds and Hospitalized Patients' Outcomes. J Gen Intern Med, 30(12), 1821-7. PMID: 26014891.

Katz, D. A., Paez, M. W., Reisinger, H. S., Gillette, M. T., Vander Weg, M. W., Titler, M. G., Nugent, A. S., Baker, L. J., Holman, J. E. & Ono, S. S. (2014). Implementation of Smoking Cessation Guidelines in the Emergency Department: A Qualitative Study of Staff Perceptions. Addict Sci Clin Pract, 9, 1. PMID: 24460974.

Vaughan Sarrazin, M. S., Cram, P., Mazur, A., Ward, M. & Reisinger, H. S. (2014). Patient Perspectives of Dabigtran: Analysis of On-line Discussion Forums. The Patient, 7(1), 47-54. PMID: 24030706.

Schweizer, M. L., Reisinger, H. S., Ohl, M., Formanek, M. B., Blevins, A., Ward, M. A. & Perencevich, E. N. (2014). Hand Hygiene Meta-Analysis. Clin Infect Dis, 58(2), 248-59. PMID: 24107409.

Cheney, A. M., Reisinger, H. S., Booth, B., Mengeling, M., Torner, J. C. & Sadler, A. (2014). Let's Get Together and Solve This Problem: Servicewomen's Strategies to Staying Safe While Deployed. Gender Issues, 32, 1-18. DOI: 10.1007/s12147-014-9128-8.

Reisinger, H. S., Perencevich, E. N., Morgan, D. J., Forrest, G. N., Shardell, M., Schweizer, M. L., Graham, M. M., Franciscus, C. L. & Vander Weg, M. W. (2014). Improving Hand Hygiene Compliance with Point of Use Reminder Signs Designed Using Theoretically Grounded Messages. Infection Control Hosp Epidemiol, 35(5), 593-4. PMID: 24709734.

Ward, M. A., Schweizer, M. L., Polgreen, P. M., Gupta, K., Reisinger, H. S. & Perencevich, E. N. (2014). Automated and Electronically Assisted Hand Hygiene Monitoring Systems: A Systematic Review. Am J Infect Control, 42(5), 472-8. PMID: 24773785.

Gaglioti, A., Cozad, A., Wittrock, S., Stewart, K., Lampman, M., Ono, S., Reisinger, H. S. & Charlton, M. E. (2014). Building a Patient-Centered Medical Duplex for Rural Veterans Across Two Health Care Systems: A Mixed Methods Study. Mil Med, 179(11), 1236-43. PMID: 25373047.

Yin, J., Reisinger, H. S., Vander Weg, M., Schweizer, M. L., Jesson, A., Morgan, D. J., Forrest, G., Graham, M., Pineles, L. & Perencevich, E. N. (2014). Establishing Evidence-Based Criteria for Directly Observed Hand Hygiene Compliance Monitoring Programs: A Prospective, Multicenter Cohort Study. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol, 35(9), 1163-8. PMID: 25111925.

Nassar, B. S., Vaughan-Sarrazin, M. S., Jiang, L., Reisinger, H. S., Bonello, R. & Cram, P. (2014). The impact of a telemedicine intensive care unit (tele-ICU) program on patient outcomes in an integrated healthcare system. JAMA Intern Med, 174(7), 1160-7. PMID: 24819673.

Morgan, D. J., Pineles, L., Shardell, M., Graham, M. M., Mohammadi, S., Forrest, G. N., Reisinger, H. S., Schweizer, M. L. & Perencevich, E. N. (2013). The Effect of Contact Precautions on Healthcare Worker Activity in Acute Care Hospitals. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol, 34(1), 69-73. PMID: 23221195.

Reisinger, H. S., Yin, J., Radonovich, L., Knighton, V. T., Martinello, R. A., Hodgson, M. J. & Perencevich, E. (2013). Comprehensive Survey of Hand Hygiene Measurement and Improvement Practices in the Veterans Health Administration. Am J Infect Control, 41(11), 989-93. PMID: 23932826.

Moeckli, J., Cram, P., Cunningham, C. & Reisinger, H. S. (2013). Staff Acceptance of a Telemedicine Intensive Care Unit Program: A Qualitative Study. J Crit Care, 28(6), 890-901. PMID: 23906904.

Reisinger, H. S., Hunt, S. C., Burgo-Black, A. L. & Agarwal, M. A. (2012). Integrated Post Combat Care: A Population Approach to Mitigating the Long Term Health Impacts of Combat Deployments. Prev Chronic Dis, 9, E54. PMID: 22321146.

Alleman, B. W., Luger, T., Reisinger, H. S., Martin, R., Horowitz, M. D. & Cram, P. (2011). Medical Tourism Services Available to Residents of the United States. J Gen Intern Med, 26(5), 492-7. PMID: 21161425.

Buzza, C., Ono, S. S., Turvey, C., Wittrock, S., Noble, M., Reddy, G., Kaboli, P. J. & Reisinger, H. S. (2011). Distance is Relative: Unpacking a Principal Barrier in Rural Health Care. J Gen Intern Med, 26 Suppl 2, 648-54. PMID: 21989617.

Reisinger, H. S., Brackett, R. H., Buzza, C. D., Páez, M. B., Gourley, R., Vander Weg, M. W., Christensen, A. J. & Kaboli, P. J. (2011). "All the Money in the World...:" Financial Incentives and Health Care Decisions. Health Serv Res, 46(6pt1), 1986-2004. PMID: 21689098.

Mitchell, S. G., Morioka, R., Reisinger, H. S., Peterson, J. A., Kelly, S. M., Agar, M. H., Brown, B. S., O'Grady, K. E. & Schwartz, R. P. (2011). Redefining Retention: Recovery from the Patient's Perspective. J Psychoactive Drugs, 43(2), 99-107. PMID: 21858956.

Reisinger, H. S. (2010). "Reaching out to OEF/OIF Servicemembers and Their Families: An Ethnographic Study of a National Policy Mandate," Session title: “Anthropologist in the Veterans Health Administration (VHA),” co-chaired session with Sarah Ono (oral presentation). New Orleans, LA: American Anthropological Association’s 109th Annual Meeting.

Peterson, J. A., Schwartz, R. P., Mitchell, S. G., Reisinger, H. S., Kelly, S. M., O'Grady, K. E., Brown, B. S. & Agar, M. H. (2010). Why Don't Out-of-Treatment Opioid-Addicted Individuals Enter Treatment?. Int J Drug Policy, 21(1), 36-42. PMID: 18805686.

Green, K. M., Doherty, E. E., Reisinger, H. S., Chilcoat, H. D. & Ensminger, M. (2010). Social integration in young adulthood and the subsequent onset of substance use and disorders among a community population of urban African Americans. Addiction (Abingdon, England), 105(3), 484-93. PMID: 20402992.

Buzza, C. D., Williams, M. B., Vander Weg, M. W., Christensen, A. J., Kaboli, P. J. & Reisinger, H. S. (2010). Should Patients be Activated to Request Evidence Based Medicine? A Qualitative Study of the Providers' Responses to the VA Project to Implement Diuretics (VAPID). Implement Sci, 5, 24. PMID: 20298564.

Pilling, S. A., Williams, M. B., Brackett, R. H., Gourley, R., Vander Weg, M. W., Christensen, A. J., Kaboli, P. J. & Reisinger, H. S. (2010). Activating Patients to Engage Their Providers in the Use of Evidence-Based Medicine: A Qualitative Evaluation of the Patients' Perspective Among Participants of the VA Project to Implement Diuretics (VAPID). Implement Sci, 5, 23. PMID: 20298563.

Mitchell, S. G., Kelly, S. M., Brown, B. S., Reisinger, H. S., Peterson, J. A., Ruhf, A., Agar, M. H., O'Grady, K. E. & Schwartz, R. P. (2009). Uses of Diverted Methadone and Buprenorphine by Opioid-Addicted Individuals in Baltimore, Maryland. Am J Addict, 18(5), 346-355. PMID: 19874152.

Kelly, S. M., Schwartz, R. P., O'Grady, K. E., Mitchell, S. G., Peterson, J. A., Reisinger, H. S., Agar, M. H. & Brown, B. S. (2009). Gender Differences Among In- and Out-of-Treatment Opioid-Addicted Individuals. Am J Drug Alcohol Abuse, 35(1), 38-42. PMID: 19152205.

Mitchell, S. G., Kelly, S. M., Brown, B. S., Reisinger, H. S., Peterson, J. A., Ruhf, A., Agar, M. H. & Schwartz, R. P. (2009). Incarceration and Opioid Withdrawal: The Experiences of Methadone Patients and Out of Treatment Heroin Users. J Psychoactive Drugs, 41(2), 145-52. PMID: 19705676.

Reisinger, H. S., Schwartz, R. P., Mitchell, S. G., Peterson, J. A., Kelly, S. M., O'Grady, K. E., Marrari, E. A., Brown, B. S. & Agar, M. H. (2009). Premature Discharge from Methadone Treatment: Patient Perspectives. J Psychoactive Drugs, 41(3), 285-96. PMID: 19999682.

Buzza, C., Noble, M., Reddy, G., Wittrock, S., Reisinger, H. S. & Kaboli, P. J. (2009). A mixed-method evaluation of challenges of opportunities in the care of rural veterans in VISN 23: Interim Summary. Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of Rural Health.

Laroche, H. H., Davis, M. M., Forman, J., Palmisano, G., Reisinger, H. S., Tannas, C., Spencer, M. & Heisler, M. (2009). Children's Roles in Parents' Diabetes Self-Management: Children's and Parents' Perceptions. Am J Prev Med, 37(6 Suppl 1), S251-61. PMID: 19896027.

Katz, D., Vander Weg, M., Fu, S., Prochazka, A., Grant, K., Buchanan, L., Tinkelman, D., Reisinger, H. S., Brooks, J., Hillis, S. L., Joseph, A. & Titler, M. (2009). A Before-After Implementation Trial of Smoking Cessation Guidelines in Hospitalized Veterans. Implement Sci, 4, 58. PMID: 19744339.

Schwartz, R. P., Kelly, S. M., O'Grady, K. E., Peterson, J. A., Reisinger, H. S., Mitchell, S. G., Wilson, M. E., Agar, M. H. & Brown, B. S. (2008). In-treatment vs. out-of-treatment opioid dependent adults: drug use and criminal history. Am J Drug Alcohol Abuse, 34(1), 17-28. PMID: 18161640.

Doherty, E. E., Green, K. M., Reisinger, H. S. & Ensminger, M. E. (2008). Long-Term Patterns of Drug Use Among an Urban African American Cohort: The Influence of Gender and the Family. J Urban Health, 85(2), 250-67. PMID: 18247122.

Peterson, J. A., Reisinger, H. S., Schwartz, R. P., Mitchell, S. G., Kelly, S. M., Brown, B. S. & Agar, M. H. (2008). Targeted sampling in drug abuse research: a review and case study. Field methods, 20(2), 155-170.

Schwartz, R. P., Kelly, S. M., O'Grady, K. E., Mitchell, S. G., Peterson, J. A., Reisinger, H. S., Agar, M. H. & Brown, B. S. (2008). Attitudes Toward Buprenorphine and Methadone Among Opioid Dependent Individuals. Am J Addict, 17(5), 396-401. PMID: 18770082.

Reisinger, H. S. (2004). Counting Apples as Oranges: Epidemiology and Ethnography in Adolescent Substance Abuse Treatment. Qual Health Res, 14(2), 241-58. PMID: 14768460.

Agar, M., Reisinger, H. S. (2004). Ecstasy: Commodity or Disease?. J Psychoactive Drugs, 36(4), 253-64. PMID: 15369207.

Agar, M., Reisinger, H. S. (2003). Going for the global: the case of ecstasy. Human organization, 62(1), 1-11.

Reisinger, H. S., Bush, T., Colom, M. A., Agar, M. & Battjes, R. (2003). Navigation and Engagement: How Does One Measure Success?. J Drug Issues, 33(4), 777-800.

Agar, M., Reisinger, H. S. (2002). A Heroin Epidemic at the Intersection of Histories: The Sixties Epidemic Among African Americans in Baltimore. Med Anthropol, 21, 79-120. PMID: 12126273.

Agar, M., Reisinger, H. S. (2002). A Tale of Two Policies: The French Connection, Methadone, and Heroin Epidemics. Cult Med Psychiatry, 26(3), 371-96. PMID: 12555905.

Agar, M., Reisinger, H. S. (2001). Open Marginality: Heroin Epidemics in Different Groups. J Drug Issues, 31(3), 729-746.

Agar, M., Reisinger, H. S. (2001). Trend Theory: Explaining Heroin Use Trends. J Psychoactive Drug, 33(3), 203-11. PMID: 11718313.

Agar, M. H., Reisinger, H. S. (2000). Read all about it: media construction of a heroin epidemic. Subst Use Misuse, 35(11), 1551-71. PMID: 10993388.

Agar, M., Reisinger, H. S. (1999). Numbers and Trends: Heroin Indicators and What They Represent. Human organization, 58(4), 365-374.