Heather S. Reisinger, PhD

Affiliate Faculty, Program in Bioethics and Humanities
Core Investigator - Center for Comprehensive Access and Delivery Research and Evaluation (CADRE)
Associate Director for Research - VA Center for Comprehensive Access & Deliver Research and Evaluation (CADRE)
Affiliate Faculty, Department of Anthropology
Associate Professor of Internal Medicine - General Internal Medicine

Contact Information

Primary Office
B42-165 VAMC
Iowa City, IA 52242


MA, Applied Anthropology, University of Maryland
PhD, Anthropology, American University
Postdoctoral Fellow, Drug Dependency Epidemiology, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health


O'Shea, A., Fortis, S., Vaughan Sarrazin, M., Moeckli, J., Yarbrough, W. C. & Reisinger, H. S. (2019). Outcomes comparison in patients admitted to low complexity rural and urban intensive care units in the Veterans Health Administration. Journal of Critical Care, 49, 64-69. PMID: 30388490.

Scherer, A. M., Reisinger, H. S., Goto, M., Goedken, C. C., Clore, G. S., Marra, A. R., Chasco, E. E., Evans, C. T., Rubin, M. A. & Perencevich, E. N. (2018). Testing a novel audit and feedback method for hand hygiene compliance: A multicenter quality improvement study. Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, 1-6. PMID: 30430974.

Werzen, A., Thom, K. A., Robinson, G. L., Li, S., Rock, C., Herwaldt, L. A., Diekema, D. J., Reisinger, H. S. & Perencevich, E. N. (2018). Comparing brief, covert, directly observed hand hygiene compliance monitoring to standard methods: A multicenter cohort study. American Journal of Infection Control. PMID: 30314747.

Fortis, S., O'Shea AMJ,, Beck, B. F., Nair, R., Goto, M., Kaboli, P. J., Perencevich, E. N., Reisinger, H. S. & Sarrazin, M. V. (2018). An automated computerized critical illness severity scoring system derived from APACHE III: modified APACHE. Journal of Critical Care, 48, 237-242. PMID: 30243204.

Hadlandsmyth, K., Stewart, K. R., Paez, M. B., Steffen, M., Meth, M., Reisinger, H. S. & Mosher, H. J. (2018). Patient Perspectives on Opioids: Views of Inpatient Veterans with Chronic Pain. Pain Medicine. PMID: 30020506.

Fortis, S., Sarrazin, M. V., Beck, B. F., Panos, R. J. & Reisinger, H. S. (2018). ICU Telemedicine Reduces Interhospital ICU Transfers in the Veterans Health Administration. Chest, 154(1), 69-76. PMID: 29914751.

Pineles, L., Petruccelli, C., Perencevich, E. N., Roghmann, M. C., Gupta, K., Cadena, J., Baracco, G., Pfeiffer, C. D., Forrest, G., Bradley, S. F., Crnich, C., Reisinger, H. & Morgan, D. J. (2018). The impact of isolation on healthcare worker contact and compliance with infection control practices in nursing homes. Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology. PMID: 296061863.

Keating, J. A., Obasi, C., McKinley, L., Musuuza, J., Knoblock, M., Crnich, C., Evans, C., Evans, M., Livorsi, D., Morgan, D. J., Perencevich, E., Reisinger, H. S., Schweizer, M. L., Suda, K. & Safdar, N. (2018). Building Implementation Science for Veterans Affairs Healthcare Associated Infection Prevention: VA Healthcare-Associated Infection Prevention Network (VHIN). Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, 2, 1-5. PMID: 29606169.

Scherer, A. M., Schacht Reisinger, H., Schweizer, M. L., Askelson, N. M., Fagerlin, A. & Lynch, C. F. (2018). Cross-sectional associations between psychological traits, and HPV vaccine uptake and intentions in young adults from the United States. PloS one, 13(2), e0193363. PMID: 29474403.

Perencevich, E. N., Harris, A. D., Pfeiffer, C. D., Rubin, M. A., Hill, J. N., Baracco, G. J., Evans, M. E., Klutts, J. S., Streit, J. A., Nelson, R. E., Khader, K. & Reisinger, H. S. (2018). Establishing a Research Agenda for Preventing Transmission of Multidrug-Resistant Organisms in Acute-Care Settings in the Veterans Health Administration. Infection control and hospital epidemiology, 39(2), 189-195. PMID: 29417927.

Livorsi, D. J., Evans, C. T., Morgan, D. J., Reisinger, H. S., Safdar, N., Suda, K. J. & Perencevich, E. N. (2018). Setting the Research Agenda for Preventing Infections From Multidrug-Resistant Organisms in the Veterans Health Administration. Infection control and hospital epidemiology, 39(2), 186-188. PMID: 29417926.

Reger, G. M., Browne, K. C., Campellone, T. R., Simons, C., Kuhn, E., Fortney, J., Sayre, G. C. & Reisinger, H. S. (2017). Barriers and facilitators to mobile application use during PTSD treatment: Clinician adoption of PE Coach. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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., 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.

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., 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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., 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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.