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Karen Goldstein, MD, MSPH – Career Development Awardee

Karen Goldstein, MD, MSPH Karen Goldstein, MD, MSPH
Durham VA Medical Center, Durham, NC
Durham, NC 


Dr. Karen M. Goldstein is a Research Associate at the Durham VA Center for Health Services Research in Primary Care and an assistant professor in the Division of General Internal Medicine at Duke University. She received her MD from Duke University School of Medicine and her MSPH from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in Maternal and Child Health. She completed a residency and chief residency in Internal Medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. She is board certified in Internal Medicine and practices as a primary care provider in the Women's Health Clinic at the Durham VAMC. Her primary research interests include women's health primary care, gender differences in cardiovascular disease, and the role of peer support in behavior change. Dr. Goldstein is the site lead for the Women's Health Practice Based Research Network (PBRN) at the Durham VAMC. In this role, she has served as the site principal investigator for four quality-improvement projects and two completed multi-site studies including one that recruited over 100 women Veterans in primary care clinics for a mental health needs survey and a second that compared evidence-based quality improvement as an implementation strategy compared with training as usual for a gender-sensitivity training for VA employees. She is currently the site principal investigator for a third multi-site PBRN study that seeks to gain insight on the experiences of women Veterans receiving community-based maternity care through VA payment mechanisms. In 2015, she received a VA Career Development Award to support her work developing a reciprocal peer support intervention to support cardiovascular risk reduction in women Veterans. Since starting her award, Dr. Goldstein has been exploring health behaviors, comorbid illness, and care preferences of women Veterans at risk for cardiovascular disease using data from the National Survey of Women Veterans. She is currently recruiting for a pilot study of a hybrid peer coach-reciprocal peer support intervention.

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