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Camilla Benedicto Pimentel, PhD, MPH – Career Development Awardee

Camilla Benedicto Pimentel, PhD, MPH Camilla Benedicto Pimentel, PhD, MPH
Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital, Bedford, MA
Bedford, MA 


Camilla Pimentel, MPH, PhD, is a Research Health Scientist at the Bedford VA Healthcare System, with joint appointments at the HSR&D Center for Healthcare Organization and Implementation Research (CHOIR) and the New England Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Center (GRECC). She is Assistant Professor in the Department of Population and Quantitative Health Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, where she received her PhD in clinical and population health research. After earning an AB in community health from Brown University and MPH in sociomedical sciences from the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University, Dr. Pimentel served as a Presidential Management Fellow at the National Cancer Institute (NCI). She received the 2015 Scientist-in-Training Research Award from the American Geriatrics Society and completed a two-year, NCI-funded postdoctoral fellowship in implementation science and a VA advanced fellowship in geriatrics.

Dr. Pimentel's work focuses on medication use among older adults, cancer-related symptom management, and quality improvement and person-centered care in nursing homes. Through the HSR&D Career Development Award, Dr. Pimentel is developing VA-specific approaches that accurately reflect the state of pain management in VA Community Living Centers and help improve the quality of VA residential long-term care.

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