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Our Scholars

Our Scholars
Adynski Gillian

Gillian Adynski, RN

(VA Scholar)
Duke

Investigating the role of nurses in building a strong global health workforce to provide high quality and cost-effective health services to populations around the world.

Balasuriya Lilanthi

Lilanthi Balasuriya, MD, MMS

(VA Scholar)
Yale

Illuminating the patterns of vaping and electronic cigarette use and strategies for prevention through the vehicle of community partnership. Understanding levers and enhancing policy to diversify the physician workforce that serves our most underserved communities. 

Barcelo Nicolas

Nicolás E. Barceló, MD

UCLA

Examining structural barriers to health and healthcare in marginalized and rural communities; healthcare work force development.

Beck Dana

Dana Beck, FNP-BC

(VA Scholar)
Michigan

Exploring solutions to the provision of person-centered comprehensive sexual and reproductive health rooted in culturally relevant community strengths.

Bressman Eric

Eric Bressman, MD

(VA Scholar)
Penn

Examining the impact of Medicare policy and health system initiatives targeted at keeping patients out of the hospital, with a particular focus on innovation surrounding transitions of care

Burnside Melissa

Melissa Burnside, MD, MHS

Duke

Investigating the role of racism and implicit bias on health care, medical education, and health policy.

Cebert Morine

Morine Cebert, MSN, FNP-C

(VA Scholar)
Penn

Investigating biological, clinical, and sociocultural factors that influence disparities in reproductive endocrinology decision-making among African American women; developing interventions and policy aimed at eliminating barriers to infertility treatment access and utilization.

Darby Anna

Anna Darby, MD, MPH

(VA Scholar)
UCLA

Investigating the cradle-to-prison pipeline and identifying the most high-impact areas of intervention in order to prevent incarceration, reduce recidivism, and promote community health.

Delgado Jeanne

Jeanne Delgado, MD

UCLA

Identifying the role of social determinants of health in HIV transmission and developing methods to address sexual and reproductive health needs in immigrant and global health.

Eswaran Vidya

Vidya Eswaran, MD

UCSF

Investigating how social determinants of health impact patients’ Emergency Department visits, specifically those with primary psychiatric diagnosis, and studying how workforce diversity impacts clinical care for vulnerable patient populations. 

Fauer Alex

Alex Fauer, BSN, RN, OCN®

UCLA

Examining the influences of health policies and innovative models of care on access, quality, and patient-centered outcomes in the contexts of cancer care and cellular therapy.

Gupta Ravi

Ravi Gupta, MD

(VA Scholar)
Penn

Exploring how health policy and systems can better serve vulnerable populations by eliminating health disparities and improving access to affordable medicines

Gutierrez Jose

José I. Gutierrez Jr., MSN, FNP-BC

(VA Scholar)
UCSF

Identifying preference factors and relationships predictive of acceptability and uptake for HIV/HCV interventions by at-risk and/or marginalized populations. 

He Yuan

Yuan He, MD, MPH

Penn

Harnessing cross-sectoral collaboration to address social and structural determinants of health; identifying and evaluating community-based interventions to prevent child maltreatment

Hwong Alison

Alison Hwong, MD, PhD

(VA Scholar)
UCSF

Examining disparities in medical care for persons with serious mental illness and developing effective, scalable interventions to close the mortality gap.  

Ike John David

John David Ike, MD

(VA Scholar)
Michigan

Exploring the contemporary and historical intersection between the arts and health, specifically as it relates to medical education and the promotion of health equity. 

Krass Polina

Polina Krass, MD

Penn

Investigating how policy and funding structures impact reproductive health outcomes in adolescents

Lipsky Rachele

Rachele Lipsky, MSN, PMHNP-BC

(VA Scholar)
Duke

Investigating gene-environment interactions that increase one’s susceptibility to psychopathology, and identifying targeted pharmacotherapies to treat such illnesses.

Ludomirsky Avital

Avital Ludomirsky, MD, MPP

Yale

Analyzing innovative health care delivery models and their impact on socially complex populations; utilizing value-based health care methods to develop delivery system reform that also addresses social determinants of health.

Lynch Kimberly

Kimberly Lynch, MD

(VA Scholar)
UCLA

Improving transitions of care and advance care planning of medically and socially complex patients through implementation science.

Mansfield Lisa

Lisa Mansfield, RN

UCLA

Developing, implementing, and evaluating multi-level interventions addressing social determinants of health, with a focus on reducing disparities in HPV-associated cancers and HPV vaccination among racially and ethnically diverse populations.

Miller Samuel

Samuel Miller, MD

Yale

Improving the processes of informed consent and preoperative assessment for geriatric surgical patients so that we can help them to understand what to expect before, during and after surgery.

Morone Jennifer

Jennifer Morone, MA-ATR, BS-RN

(VA Scholar)
Yale

Investigating the influence of social determinants on family and self-management of pediatric chronic illness and exploring root causes of ethnic and racial disparities in pediatric illness.

Neiman Pooja

Pooja Neiman, MD, MPA

Michigan

Building data-driven assessments of the largest current and proposed health care programs, assessing the positive and negative consequences of those programs with specific focus on their impact on America's most vulnerable populations.

Peralta Jennifer

Jennifer Brazier Peralta, MD, MST

UCLA

Exploring effective care delivery models, community partnerships and equity and value-based payment models that address health disparities and unmet social needs among Children with Medical Complexity (CMC)

Ramachandran Reshma

Reshma Ramachandran, MD, MPP

(VA Scholar)
Yale

Evaluating the role of medical professionalism including financial conflicts of interest on treatment guidelines, prescribing behavior, and patient outcomes.

Salhi Rama

Rama Salhi, MD, MHS

Michigan

Evaluating existing systems of care for time-sensitive conditions, including ways in which they influence and are influenced by social determinants of health.

Salzman Garrett

Garrett Salzman, MD

(VA Scholar)
UCLA

Examining perioperative factors impacting geriatric patients undergoing surgical procedures, and how they can be augmented to produce better outcomes, while reducing morbidity and mortality, particularly in the VA system.

Seidenfeld Justine

Justine Seidenfeld, MD

(VA Scholar)
Duke

Identifying and characterizing frequent users of the emergency department, and developing tools to better meet their complex health and health-related social needs in the emergency department setting.

Suen Leslie

Leslie Suen, MD

(VA Scholar)
UCSF

Investigating implementation solutions and healthcare interventions to better serve the needs of patients with substance use disorders. 

Taylor Kathryn

Kathryn Taylor, MD

Michigan

Exploring how policy influences disparities in access to surgical care and outcomes for underserved populations. Leveraging surgical systems strengthening to improve overall healthcare delivery in low-resource settings.

Teixeira da Silva Daniel

Daniel Teixeira da Silva, MD

Penn

Addressing healthcare policy gaps that reinforce inequity in HIV infection, and implementing healthcare services that improve engagement in primary care among marginalized populations living with HIV or at increased risk for HIV infection

Tolentino Anthony

Anthony Tolentino, MA, RN-BC

Michigan

Developing technology-based interventions to manage Type-2 diabetes in Filipinx-/Americans by exploring the impact of health behaviors, cultural values, health disparities; examining informatics data to identify care outcomes in vulnerable populations. 

Tolliver Destiny

Destiny Tolliver, MD

Yale

Understanding and addressing the drivers of health inequities, examining justice and educational systems on child health to develop collaborative solutions, educating physicians about implicit bias and structural racism

Tong Jason

Jason Tong, MD

(VA Scholar)
Penn

Investigating the clinical and financial impact of bundled payments on socioeconomic minorities in America undergoing surgical oncologic care in order to identify opportunities for improvement.   

Torres Jesus

Jesus R. Torres, MD, MPH

UCLA

Investigating the intersection of Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA ) and migrant health, disparities in emergency medicine and infectious disease.

Valbuena Valeria

Valeria Valbuena, MD

Michigan

Investigating the barriers to organ transplantation in minority populations. Creating community-based educational interventions to increase awareness around altruistic organ donation. Exploring solutions to systematically improve workforce diversity in healthcare.

Velazquez Manana Ana

Ana Velázquez Mañana, MD, MSc

UCSF

Investigating factors associated with racial disparities in cancer outcomes and evaluating the quality of care delivered to underserved and racial minority cancer patients. 

Wilpers Abigail

Abigail Wilpers, PhD, WHNP-BC

Yale

Improving health services and outcomes in the care of women and families undergoing fetal diagnosis and treatment; developing evidence-based, person & family-centered health policy for fetal therapy.  

Zhang Yuqi

Yuqi Zhang, MD

(VA Scholar)
Duke

Studying the trends of rural/community hospital closures, the policies driving the phenomenon and its effects on access to surgical care.