Meet Our Team - Leadership

At CHSR, we are dedicated to improving the lives of our children, our health care system and the tools used by health care providers. We pride ourselves on our “Hoosier Hospitality” and enjoy a friendly, collaborative environment of respect, dedication and diversity.

Stephen M. Downs, MD, MS

Stephen M. Downs, MD, MS Director, Children's Health Services Research
Jean and Jerry Bepko Professor of Pediatrics

Dr. Downs is the Director of the Children’s Health Services Research Program at the Indiana University School of Medicine and the Associate Director for Decision Sciences at the Regenstrief Institute for Health Care. His research interests include computer-based decision effectiveness analysis and their application to guideline development and computer based decision support.

He received his MD and Master's Degree in Medical Informatics from Stanford University. He completed an internship and residency in Pediatrics at the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill and stayed at UNC to complete a health services research fellowship in the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program.

Dr. Downs was on faculty in the Division of Community Pediatrics at UNC for 10 years where he held joint appointments in the Department of Biomedical Engineering and the School of Public Health. He was the Director of the Duke-UNC Training Program in Medical Informatics, and served as a technical consultant for the American Academy of Pediatrics in the development of evidence-based practice parameters.

Cathy Luthman, CCRP

Cathy Luthman, CCRP Executive Director, Pediatric Research Network

Cathy Luthman is the Executive Director of PResNet and serves as Operations Director for the section of Children’s Health Services Research. During her years of project management work, Cathy’s experience included project management in adolescent medicine and the department of sociology where responsibilities entailed project development, implementation and evaluation.