Malaz Boustani, M.D., MPH

Dr. Boustani is a geriatrician, a neuroscientist, and an implementation scientist with extensive experience in designing, evaluating, implementing, and disseminating healthcare innovations with a main focus on brain health. He is the Director of Senior Care Innovation at Eskenazi Health Care, the Richard M Fairbanks Professor of Aging Research, and the Founding Chief Innovation and Implementation Officer for Indiana University Center for Health Innovation and Implementation Science (www.hii.iu.edu). 

Over the past decade, Dr. Boustani has built a clinical laboratory of more than 2,000 ambulatory practices serving at least 10 million lives within five Midwestern States (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and Kentucky). He used the above clinical laboratory to lead the execution of numerous clinical research studies funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services totaling more than $100 million. He has more than 180 peer-reviewed publications and just published two books about Agile Implementation and Agile Network.

Dr. Boustani used insight from Agile Science to develop the Indiana University Graduate Certificate in Innovation and Implementation Science. This one-year certificate is designed to coach and mentor a tightly linked network of change agents embedded within their local healthcare systems. These change agents use agile innovation, agile implementation, agile analytic, and agile diffusion processes to transform their healthcare delivery organizations into agile organizations. The agile organization generates innovative solutions to the problem that are based on existing knowledge and undergo testing, with frequent checking of assumptions to separate signal from noise. Solutions are localized and implemented in an agile way, with evaluation between sprints to detect the solution’s effects. Evaluation requires significant investment in embedded sensors and effective feedback loops to detect and respond to both planned and unplanned changes.

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The agile organization values speed and continual measurement, which permits quickly learning from failures and successes. Learning in an agile organization results in identifying the minimum specifications for a solution, to allow for its broader implementation in localized ways, rather than attempting to completely specify a “perfect solution.” 

Fast Facts

  • Founding Director, Senior Care Innovation, Eskenazi Health

  • Research Scientist, Regenstrief Institute, Inc

  • Professor of Medicine, Indiana University School of Medicine

  • Doctor of Medicine: Damascus University in Damascus, Syria

  • Residency in Internal Medicine: Mt. Sinai Medical Center in Cleveland

  • Fellowship in Geriatric Research: University of North Carolina.

  • Master of Public Health in health care and prevention: University of North Carolina School of Public Health