Cronin_Robert_460x460Division of General Internal Medicine
Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
3691 Ridge Mill Drive
Hilliard, OH 43026

Dr. Cronin is a tenure-track clinician-researcher with a career goal of using health information technologies to improve the care of individuals with chronic diseases. Dr. Cronin is board certified in Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, and Clinical Informatics specializing in clinical informatics, sickle cell disease, phenotyping and personal health informatics.

His knowledge in these areas includes providing primary care for children and adults with sickle cell disease, technologies such as patient portals, mobile health technology, and electronic health records, and topics of health information needs, effective health communication, data science, and patient engagement. He also has methodological expertise in qualitative and quantitative methods, community-engaged research, and clinical trials. He has interest and expertise in the design and evaluation of electronic surveys, empowering individuals with healthcare and healthcare information technology disparities, secondary use of electronic health records to develop contemporaneous cohorts to follow the clinic history of disease, and transitional care of adolescents and young adults with chronic diseases from pediatric to adult medicine using the chronic care model.

His current research projects include his career development K23 grant, development of contemporaneous cohorts using electronic health records, cost-effectiveness and secondary data analyses in sickle cell disease, models of primary care in sickle cell disease, and a part of the Data and Research Center for the All of Us Research Program.

Ongoing Projects

  • Improving the delivery of primary care in sickle cell disease
  • NHLBI K23: Using Patient-Centered Guidelines in a Technology Platform to Improve Health Care in Adults with Sickle Cell Disease
  • All of Us Research Program Data and Research

Education and Training

  • Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, Masters of Science in Biomedical Informatics (NLM Fellowship)
  • Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, Internal Medicine & Pediatrics Residency
  • The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, Doctor of Medicine
  • Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, Masters of Engineering in Computer Science
  • Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, Bachelors of Science in Computer Science

Select Publications

Cronin RM, Wuichet K, Ghafuri DL, Hodges B, Chopra M, He J, Niu X, Kassim A, Wilkerson K, Rodeghier M, DeBaun MR. Creating an Automated Contemporaneous Cohort in Sickle Cell Anemia to Predict Survival After Disease-Modifying Therapy. Blood advances. 2022. Epub 20221109. doi: 10.1182/bloodadvances.2022008692. PubMed PMID: 36350716

Hsu P, Gay JC, Lin CJ, Rodeghier M, DeBaun MR, Cronin RM. Economic evaluation of regular transfusions for cerebral infarct recurrence in the Silent Cerebral Infarct Transfusion Trial. Blood Adv. 2021 Dec 14;5(23):5032-5040. doi: 10.1182/bloodadvances.2021004864. PMID: 34607344

Cronin RM, Field JR, Bradford Y, Shaffer CM, Carroll RJ, Mosley JD, et al. Phenome-wide association studies demonstrating pleiotropy of genetic variants within FTO with and without adjustment for body mass index. Front Genet. 2014 Aug 5;5:250. doi: 10.3389/fgene.2014.00250. eCollection 2014. PubMed PMID: 25177340; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4134007.

Cronin RM, Davis SE, Shenson JA, Chen Q, Rosenbloom ST, Jackson GP. Growth of Secure Messaging Through a Patient Portal as a Form of Outpatient Interaction across Clinical Specialties. Appl Clin Inform. 2015 Apr 29;6(2):288-304. doi: 10.4338/ACI-2014-12-RA-0117. eCollection 2015. PubMed PMID: 26171076; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4493331.

Cronin RM, VanHouten JP, Siew ED, et al. National Veterans Health Administration inpatient risk stratification models for hospital-acquired acute kidney injury. J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2015;22(5):1054-1071. PubMed PMID: 26104740.

Wei WQ, Teixeira PL, Mo H, Cronin RM, Warner JL, Denny JC. Combining billing codes, clinical notes, and medications from electronic health records provides superior phenotyping performance. J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2016;23(e1):e20-7. Epub 2015/09/05. doi: 10.1093/jamia/ocv130. PubMed PMID: 26338219.

Cronin RM, Hankins JS, Adams-Graves P, Thompson AA, Kalinyak K, Byrd J, McClain B, Kassim A, DeBaun M, Treadwell M. Barriers and Facilitators to Research Participation Among Adults, and Parents of Children with Sickle Cell Disease: A Trans-regional Survey. Am J Hematol. 2016. Epub 2016/07/17. doi: 10.1002/ajh.24483. PubMed PMID: 27421796.

Bejan CA, Angiolillo J, Conway D, Nash R, Shirey-Rice JK, Lipworth L, Cronin RM, Pulley J, Kripalani S, Barkin S, Johnson KB, Denny JC. Mining 100 million notes to find homelessness and adverse childhood experiences: 2 case studies of rare and severe social determinants of health in electronic health records. J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2017. Epub 2017/10/11. doi: 10.1093/jamia/ocx059. PubMed PMID: 29016793.

Jackson GP, Robinson JR, Ingram E, Masterman M, Ivory C, Holloway D, Anders S, Cronin RM. A technology-based patient and family engagement consult service for the pediatric hospital setting. J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2017. Epub 2017/10/11. doi: 10.1093/jamia/ocx067. PubMed PMID: 29016789.

Cronin RM, Hankins JS, Byrd J, Pernell BM, Kassim A, Adams-Graves P, Thompson AA, Kalinyak K, DeBaun MR, Treadwell M. Modifying factors of the health belief model associated with missed clinic appointments among individuals with sickle cell disease. Hematology. 2018:1-9. Epub 2018/03/30. doi: 10.1080/10245332.2018.1457200. PubMed PMID: 29595096

Cronin RM, Mayo-Gamble TL, Stimpson SJ, Badawy SM, Crosby LE, Byrd J, Volanakis EJ, Kassim AA, Raphael JL, Murry VM, DeBaun MR. Adapting medical guidelines to be patient-centered using a patient-driven process for individuals with sickle cell disease and their caregivers. BMC hematology. 2018;18:12. Epub 2018/07/07. doi: 10.1186/s12878-018-0106-3. PubMed PMID: 29977566; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5994026.

Utrankar A, Mayo-Gamble TL, Allen W, Novak L, Kassim AA, Bonnet K, Schlundt D, Murry VM, Jackson GP, DeBaun M, Cronin RM. Technology use and preferences to support clinical practice guideline awareness and adherence in individuals with sickle cell disease. Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association : JAMIA. 2018. Epub 2018/05/10. doi: 10.1093/jamia/ocy036. PubMed PMID: 29741695.

Badawy SM, Cronin RM, Hankins J, Crosby L, DeBaun M, Thompson AA, Shah N. Patient-Centered eHealth Interventions for Children, Adolescents, and Adults With Sickle Cell Disease: Systematic Review. J Med Internet Res. 2018;20(7):e10940. Epub 2018/07/22. doi: 10.2196/10940. PubMed PMID: 30026178; PubMed Central PMCID: PMCPMC6072976.

Cronin RM, Conway D, Condon D, Jerome RN, Byrne DW, Harris PA. Patient and healthcare provider views on a patient-reported outcomes portal. Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association : JAMIA. 2018. Epub 2018/09/22. doi: 10.1093/jamia/ocy111. PubMed PMID: 30239733.

Cronin RM, Dorner TL, Utrankar A, Allen W, Rodeghier M, Kassim AA, Jackson GP, DeBaun MR. Increased Patient Activation Is Associated with Fewer Emergency Room Visits and Hospitalizations for Pain in Adults with Sickle Cell Disease. Pain medicine (Malden, Mass). 2018. Epub 2018/10/18. doi: 10.1093/pm/pny194. PubMed PMID: 30329108.

Cronin RM, Hankins JS, Byrd J, Pernell BM, Kassim A, Adams-Graves P, Thompson A, Kalinyak K, DeBaun M, Treadwell M. Risk factors for hospitalizations and readmissions among individuals with sickle cell disease: results of a U.S. survey study. Hematology 2019;24(1):189-198. PMCID: PMC6349225.

Cronin RM, Jerome RN, Mapes B, Andrade R, Johnston R, Ayala J, Schlundt D, Bonnet K, Kripalani S, Goggins K, Wallston KA, Couper MP, Elliott MR, Harris P, Begale M, Munoz F, Lopez-Class M, Cella D, Condon D, AuYoung M, Mazor KM, Mikita S, Manganiello M, Borselli N, Fowler S, Rutter JL, Denny JC, Karlson EW, Ahmedani BK, O'Donnell CJ. Development of the Initial Surveys for the All of Us Research Program. Epidemiology 2019;30(4):597-608. PMCID: PMC6548672.

Cronin RM, Yang M, Hankins JS, Byrd J, Pernell BM, Kassim A, Adams-Graves P, Thompson AA, Kalinyak K, DeBaun M, Treadwell M. Association between hospital admissions and healthcare provider communication for individuals with sickle cell disease. Hematology 2020;25(1):229-240.