Heather A. Prentice, PhD, MPH


Associate Professor

Health Systems Science

Dr. Heather Prentice is an Operations Research Scientist II with Medical Devices Surveillance and Assessment at Kaiser Permanente. In this role, she collaborates on inter-regional research studies on implantable medical devices, post-market surveillance, comparative effectiveness, and real-world evidence. As an Associate Professor at KPSOM, Dr. Prentice serves as a co-mentor on scholarly projects where registry data from Medical Devices Surveillance and Assessment are used. She has more than 100 peer-reviewed publications. Findings from her research are used to improve patient safety and quality of care, allow for shared decision-making, and guide clinical best practices for surgical procedures involving medical devices both within the organization and externally through conferences, peer-reviewed publications, and collaboration with national and international partners.

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Education and Training

BA, Colorado State University
MPH, University of Kentucky
PhD, University of Alabama at Birmingham
Postdoctoral Training
Fellowship, Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, Henry M. Jackson Foundation

Professional Positions

Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery
Virginia Commonwealth University, Inova Fairfax Medical Campus
University of Alabama at Birmingham, School of Medicine
Operations Research Scientist II, Medical Device Surveillance & Assessment
Kaiser Permanente
Associate Professor, Health Systems Science
Kaiser Permanente Bernard J. Tyson School of Medicine

Honors and Awards

Best Poster: “Matched-cohort survivorship comparison of cemented vs cementless TKA from a single manufacturer”
American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons Annual Meeting

Scholarly Activities

Selected peer-reviewed research manuscripts

View a complete list of Dr. Prentice’s manuscripts

  • Orvets ND, Chan PH, Taylor JM, Prentice HA, Navarro RA, Garcia IA. Similar rates of revision surgery following primary anatomic compared with reverse shoulder arthroplasty in patients aged 70 years or older with glenohumeral osteoarthritis: a cohort study of 3791 patients. J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 2023 Sep;32(9):1893-1900. doi: 10.1016/j.jse.2023.03.021. Epub 2023 Apr 17. PMID: 37075936.
  • Spivak J, Chan PH, Prentice HA, Paxton EW, Brill ER. Mesh-based inguinal hernia repairs in an integrated healthcare system and surgeon and hospital volume: a cohort study of 110,808 patients from over a decade. Hernia. 2023 Oct;27(5):1209-1223. doi: 10.1007/s10029-023-02796-x. Epub 2023 May 6. PMID: 37148362.
  • Hachadorian M, Chang RN, Prentice HA, Paxton EW, Rao AG, Navarro RA, Singh A. Association between same-day discharge shoulder arthroplasty and risk of adverse events in patients with American Society of Anesthesiologists classification ≥3: a cohort study. J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 2023 Nov;32(11):e556-e564. doi: 10.1016/j.jse.2023.04.026. Epub 2023 Jun 1. PMID: 37268285.
  • Shah ID, Piple AS, Schlauch AM, Crawford BD, Tamer P, Prentice HA, Grimsrud CD. Direct Anterior Versus Posterior Approach for Total Hip Arthroplasty Performed for Displaced Femoral Neck Fractures. J Orthop Trauma. 2023 Nov 1;37(11):539-546. doi: 10.1097/BOT.0000000000002650. PMID: 37348042.
  • Khatod M, Chan PH, Prentice HA, Fasig BH, Paxton EW, Reddy NC, Kelly MP. Can Dual Mobility Cups Reduce Revision and Dislocation Risks? An Analysis of 107,528 Primary Total Hip Arthroplasties in the United States. J Arthroplasty. 2023 Nov 30:S0883-5403(23)01170-1. doi: 10.1016/j.arth.2023.11.026. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 38042378.
  • Park CL, Chan PH, Prentice HA, Sucher K, Brill ER, Paxton EW, Laxa B. Risk factors for reoperation following inguinal hernia repair: results from a cohort of patients from an integrated healthcare system. Hernia. 2023 Dec;27(6):1515-1524. doi: 10.1007/s10029-023-02922-9. Epub 2023 Nov 25. PMID: 38007413.
  • Okike K, Prentice HA, Chan PH, Fasig BH, Paxton EW, Bernstein J, Ahn J, Chen F. Unipolar Hemiarthroplasty, Bipolar Hemiarthroplasty, or Total Hip Arthroplasty for Hip Fracture in Older Individuals. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2024 Jan 17;106(2):120-128. doi: 10.2106/JBJS.23.00486. Epub 2023 Nov 16. PMID: 37973035.
  • Prentice HA, Harris JE, Sucher K, Fasig BH, Navarro RA, Okike KM, Maletis GB, Guppy KH, Chang RW, Kelly MP, Hinman AD, Paxton EW. Improvements in Quality, Safety and Costs Associated with Use of Implant Registries Within a Health System. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf. 2024 Jan 24:S1553-7250(24)00040-0. doi: 10.1016/j.jcjq.2024.01.011. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 38368191.
  • Yang JS, Prentice HA, Reyes CE, Lehman CR, Maletis GB. Risk of Revision and Reoperation After Quadriceps Tendon Autograft ACL Reconstruction Compared With Patellar Tendon and Hamstring Autografts in a US Cohort of 21,973 Patients. Am J Sports Med. 2024 Jan 29:3635465231222267. doi: 10.1177/03635465231222267. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 38284229.
  • Maertens F, Chan PH, Prentice HA, Brill ER, Paxton EW, Mostaedi R. Female sex and ipsilateral reoperation risk following mesh-based inguinal hernia repair: a cohort study including 131,626 repairs in adults from an integrated healthcare system over a 10-year period. Hernia. 2024 Feb;28(1):25-31. doi: 10.1007/s10029-023-02878-w. Epub 2023 Sep 8. PMID: 37682377.