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photo Janel Hanmer, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor of Medicine

Medical Director of the UPMC Patient Reported Outcomes Center


Phone: 412-586-9850

Office: 230 McKee Place, Suite 600
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Phone: 412-586-9850
Administrative Assistant:
Candice Ford
Education and Training
BS, Carnegie Mellon University, 1999
PhD, University of Wisconsin - Madison, 2007
MD, University of Wisconsin - Madison, 2010
Internal Medicine Residencey, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, 2013
Research Interest
Dr. Hanmer's primary research focus is on health-related quality of life measurement, particularly health utility measurement. Her previous work has focused on the use of legacy measures: Are the measures comparable? What happens if modes of administration are mixed? What are population averages for these measures? She has often worked with population-based datasets, such as the Medical Expenditures Panel Survey.

Dr. Hanmer's recent work has been focused on developing a new health utility score for the Patient-Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System (PROMIS). This work combines item response theory and econometric theory. The resulting PROMIS-Preference (PROPr) score is now being evaluated for population health monitoring and longitudinal validity.

In addition, Dr. Hanmer is the Medical Director for Patient Reported Outcomes at UPMC. In this role, she evaluates the impact and use of patient reported outcomes in clinical settings.
Clinical Interest
Dr. Hanmer is an attending physician on the inpatient general internal medicine service at UPMC Montefiore.
Educational Interest
Dr. Hanmer teaches medical students and residents on the inpatient medical services. She also advises medical students and residents on research projects.
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Selected Publications:
Hanmer J, Lawrence W, Anderson J, Kaplan R, Fryback DG. Report of Population Norms for the Non-Institutionalized U.S. Adult Population for Seven Health Related Quality of Life Scores. Medical Decision Making. 2006; 26: 391-400.
Fryback DG, Dunham N, Palta M, Hanmer J, Buechner J, Cherepanov D, Herrington S, Hays RD, Kaplan RM, Ganiats T, Feeny D, Kind P. The National Health Measurement Study: Simultaneous U.S. Norms for Six Generic Health-Related Quality-of-Life Instruments. Medical Care. 2007; 45: 1162-1170.
Hanmer J, Hays RD, Fryback DG. Mode of Administration is Important in U.S. National Estimates of Health-Related Quality of Life. Medical Care. 2007; 45: 1171-1179.
Hanmer J, Lu X, Rosenthal GE, Cram P. Insurance Status and the Transfer of Hospitalized Patients: An Observational Study. Annals of Internal Medicine. 2014; 160: 81-90.
Hanmer J, Cherepanov D, Palta M, Kaplan RM, Feeny D, Fryback DG. Health Condition Impacts in a National Representative Cross-Sectional Survey Vary Substantially by Preference-Based Health Index. Medical Decision Making. 2016; 36: 264-274.
Blosnich J, Hanmer J, Yu L, Matthews D, Kavalieratos D. Health care use, health behaviors, and medical conditions among individuals in same-sex and opposite-sex partnerships: Results from the Medical Expenditures Panel Survey (MEPS), 2003-2011. Medical Care. 2016.
Yeh J, Hanmer J. Chronic Conditions and Utility-based Health-related Quality of Life in Adult Childhood Cancer Survivors. Journal of the National Cancer Institute. 2016.
Hanmer J, Cherepanov D. A single question about a respondent’s perceived financial ability to pay monthly bills explains more variance in health utility scores than absolute income and assets questions. Quality of Life Research. 2016.
Hanmer J, Hess R, Sullivan SM, Teuteberg JJ, Kavalieratos D. Benchmarking Health-Related Quality of Life Data from a Clinical Setting. American Journal of Managed Care. 2016.
Hanmer J, Kaplan R. Update to the Report of Nationally Representative Values for the Non-institutionalized US Adult Population for Five Health-Related Quality of Life Scores. Value in Health Care. 2016.
Sponsored Research/Activities
Title: Quality Adjusted Life Expectancy Estimates for the US General Population
Role: Principal Investigator
Funding Agency: National Institute of Aging
Grant Number: R03 AG048855
Start Year: 2014
End Year: 2016
Title: Developing the PROMIS-Preference Score for Monitoring Population Health Outcomes
Role: Co-Investigator
Funding Agency: Robert Wood Johnson Research Institute
Start Year: 2017
End Year: 2020
Title: University of Pittsburgh Clinical and Translational Science Institute (KL2) Hammer
Role: Co-Investigator
Funding Agency: National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences
Grant Number: KL2 TR001856
Start Year: 2016
End Year: 2021
Title: PROMIS Statistical Center
Role: Co-Investigator
Funding Agency: Northwestern University/National Institute of Arthristis, Muscoskel, & Skin Disease
Grant Number: U54 AR057951
Start Year: 2014
End Year: 2015
Title: University of Pittsburgh Clinical and Translational Science Institute
Role: Co-Investigator
Funding Agency: National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences
Grant Number: KL2 TR000146
Start Year: 2013
End Year: 2016
Notable Achievements
Member, Society for Medical Decision Making, 2004-present
Member, Inernational Society of Quality of Life Research, 2005-present
Editorial Board, Medical Decision Making, 2016-present