Project Investigator Biography
K. Allen Greiner, M.D., M.P.H.
University of Kansas Medical Center
3901 Rainbow Boulevard, Mail Stop 1030
Kansas City, KS 66160
phone: (913) 588-1931
fax: (913) 588-1910
K. Allen Greiner, MD, MPH is currently Associate Professor and Director of the Research Division in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Kansas Medical Center (KUMC) in Kansas City, Kansas. He has a secondary appointment and teaches in the M.P.H and M.S. in Clinical Research Programs in the Department of Preventive Medicine and Public Health. He completed medical school and a Family Medicine residency at the University of Kansas. In 2000, he completed a Primary Care Research Fellowship at the University of Kansas and a Masters in Public Health degree. He is a practicing family physician and is the Medical Officer for the Kansas City, Kansas, Wyandotte County Unified Government Health Department.
He directs the Rural Primary Care Practice and Research Program in the School of Medicine and the linked Kansas Physicians Engaged in Prevention Research (KPEPR) Network. This practice-based research network serves as an important research laboratory for preventive health studies in rural and urban safety-net clinics across the state of Kansas. Over the last decade the KPEPR Network has been the primary recruitment setting for four separate National Institutes of Health (NIH) R01 intervention studies. Dr. Greiner is Principal Investigator on a NIH National Cancer Institute funded R01 study evaluating the impact of a touch screen computer delivered intervention on colorectal cancer screening in safety net clinics ("touch to Screen").
He is PI of a Health Resources and Services Administration T32 postdoctoral fellowship training program grant to support a Primary Care Research fellowship program. Most recently he was awarded (as Co-PI with Dr. Christine Daley) a NIH P20 Health Disparities Center grant to build a Center for American Indian Community Health. Also recently, he was awarded (as PI) a NIH RC4 grant to launch the Wyandotte County Research development Collaborative as well as a U54 (as PI) to launch the Kansas Community Cancer Disparities Network serving Latinos and American Indians across the state. He is well versed in community-based participatory research (CBPR) methods and has worked to merge health services and access to care enhancements into his various research programs.
He has received federal and foundation grant support to study health information technology, health disparities, chronic disease management, health literacy, and patient health risk behavior in rural and underserved community settings. Since assuming directorship of the Research Division in Family Medicine 4 years ago, he has overseen growth from a total of three faculty and staff to a current 25 faculty, staff and fellows. Dr. Greiner's future plans include policy work and pursuit of funding for multilevel research in cancer control and prevention, health behaviors, and the social determinants of health for underserved populations.