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Utibe R. Essien, MD, MPH – Career Development Awardee

Utibe R. Essien, MD, MPH Utibe R. Essien, MD, MPH
Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion
Pittsburgh, PA 


Utibe R. Essien, MD, MPH, is a health services researcher with the Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion (CHERP) at the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System. He is also a general internist and an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Dr. Essien received his MD from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and completed Primary Care residency and a General Internal Medicine fellowship at the Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. During fellowship, he received his MPH degree at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

Dr. Essien's research focus is examining racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic inequities in the use of novel therapeutics and technologies in the management of chronic and cardiovascular diseases with the long-term goal of blending health equity and implementation science research methods to improve uptake and diffusion of evidence-based treatment in underserved Veteran populations. He was awarded a VISN-4 Career Development Award to create a national cohort of Veterans with atrial fibrillation to study whether racial/ethnic inequities exist in the use of novel anticoagulants for stroke prevention in at-risk Veterans. This pilot grant provided the preliminary data for Dr. Essien's VA HSRD CDA-2 which will use mixed methods to examine patient, provider, and system level determinants of inequitable atrial fibrillation treatment and ultimately implement a multilevel intervention to reduce such disparities.

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