Connecticut Institute for Primary Care Innovation


Greg MakoulGregory Makoul, PhD, chairs the CIPCI Governing Board, and serves as Research Mentor for CIPCI. Dr. Makoul is Professor of Medicine at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine, and a Senior Fellow of the Health Research and Educational Trust (HRET). In addition to overseeing research, education, innovation, value-driven design, leadership development, and the new Connecticut Institute for Primary Care Innovation at Saint Francis, Dr. Makoul also works to build academic relationships with other institutions and to maintain his own successful research program, which focuses on communication in medicine and patient engagement in care. He has received approximately $3 million in federal and foundation funding for research and development of innovations designed to improve physician-patient communication and decision-making. Dr. Makoul developed North America's most widely used model for teaching and assessing communication skills. His educational and research work has been published extensively in peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Makoul has also produced multimedia patient education programs and a series of award-winning videos that offer patient narratives of the illness experience. Dr. Makoul received a bachelor's degree in biology and psychology from Wesleyan University and earned a doctorate in communication studies with concentrations in research methodology, health promotion, and health policy from Northwestern University. He recently completed the Master of Health Care Delivery Science program at Dartmouth College.

Thomas Agresta, MDThomas Agresta, MD, is CIPCI Section Leader for Informatics. Dr. Agresta is also a Professor and the Director for Medical Informatics in Family Medicine and the Co-Director for Health Informatics for the Connecticut Institute for Clinical and Translational Science (CICATS) at the University of Connecticut. He has a particular interest in promoting “High-Tech, High Touch” primary care and has been active in the development of innovative education, research and primary care delivery models that use technology as a tool to achieve this goal. He actively sees patients in a technology enabled Patient Centered Medical Home and oversees the optimal use of the Electronic Health Record for the UConn / Saint Francis Family Medicine Residency Site. He has been the PI or Co-PI on both educational and research grants focused on the optimal use of Health Information Technology and is currently the PI on a contract with the State Medicaid Agency to help administer the Meaningful Use EHR Incentive program in an optimal fashion. He has served as the founding Vice Chair and Treasurer for the Health Information Technology and Exchange of Connecticut (HITE-CT) a quasi-public agency set up to facilitate Health Information Exchange at the state level. Dr. Agresta received his undergraduate degree in Biomedical Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology, his medical degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, New Jersey Medical School, in 1990, and a Masters degree in Biomedical Informatics from the Oregon Health and Sciences University in 2010. He completed his residency at the UConn / Saint Francis Family Medicine program in 1993 and was in private practice in Hartford before joining the faculty full-time in 1995.

Rebecca Andrews MDRebecca Andrews, MD, MA is CIPCI Section Co-Leader for Education. Dr. Andrews is also Director of General Medicine Associates practices and an Assistant Program Director for the Internal Medicine Residency Program at the University of Connecticut. As such, she is involved in the daily activities of the resident ambulatory clinic, mentoring, teaching, and increasing the quality of delivered care. Dr. Andrews received her bachelor's and master's degrees in biology at Boston College in Chestnut Hill, MA, before relocating to Connecticut for medical school at the University of Connecticut. She remained at the university to complete a residency, including a chief medical resident year. Upon completing her residency, she practiced for three years at a community health center where she served as the medical director and a member of the company's QA/QI team. She joined the faculty at UConn in 2009 where she developed the Office Based Medicine track and developed patient-directed care pathways for chronic disease care. Special interests include heart failure, women's health, disease-driven care models, and healthcare policy.

Jeri Hepworth, PhD is the CIPCI Section Co-Leader for EducationJeri Hepworth, PhD, is the CIPCI Section Co-Leader for Education. Dr. Hepworth is a Professor, Associate Residency Director, and Director of Behavioral Sciences in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine and Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center. Dr. Hepworth is the Past President of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine. She is co-author of The Shared Experience of Illness published by Perseus books, and Medical Family Therapy published by Basic Books.


Adam Silverman, MDAdam R. Silverman, MD is CIPCI Section Leader for Outreach. Dr. Silverman leads the Primary Care Service Line at Saint Francis, and is dedicated to developing high-performing, innovative primary care practices and systems of care to provide exceptional care to all patients. Dr. Silverman was born and raised in Abington, Pennsylvania. He graduated Cum Laude from Middlebury College, with a BA in Geography. He received his medical degree from the Pennsylvania State University in 1991. He did his medical residency at Northwestern University Medical School in Chicago, where he received the honor of being chosen as a Chief Medical Resident. He then went on to spend 5 years in private practice in Chicago and Norwalk, CT, before settling into a career as an academic physician at the UConn School of Medicine. During his tenure at UConn, he grew a successful hospitalist and primary care internal medicine practice, was recognized for teaching excellence, and eventually led the 256-member UConn Medical Group.

Christiana Kachoulas Christiana Kachoulas is a Research Associate for CIPCI. She graduated from East Carolina University and received a Bachelors of Science degree in Public Health Studies with a concentration in Community Health. Her role involves overseeing daily operations of research projects including identification, consenting, recruiting, and screening of prospective subjects. Also, she provides technical, clinical and administrative support to the clinical research activities under the general leadership of the Principal Investigator.