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Dawn Bravata, M.D.
Dawn Bravata, M.D.
Indiana University School of Medicine
Indianapolis VA Medical Center, Indianapolis, IN

Research Interests: Cardiology, Career Development, Clinical Decision, Health Care Policy, Primary Care, Quality Measurement, Sleep Disorders

Dr. Dawn Bravata is a practicing general internist and a health services researcher in the field of cerebrovascular disease who joined the Indiana University (IU) Center for Health Services and Outcomes Research and Regenstrief Institute in 2007. The fundamental goal of her research (cohort projects and clinical trials) is to improve the quality of care for patients with cerebrovascular disease. Dr. Bravata is interested specifically in the quality of care received by patients with stroke and transient ischemic attack (TIA), the evaluation and implementation of therapeutic interventions for patients with acute ischemic stroke and TIA, and the prevention of stroke and TIA. She recently served as Chair of the Stroke Council's Quality of Outcome Committee for the American Heart Association; this committee proposed the first outcome measures for the national evaluation of facility-level stroke care quality. Dr. Bravata serves as the clinical coordinator of the Stroke Quality Research Enhancement Initiative (QUERI). The Stroke QUERI seeks to identify gaps in care quality, develop new interventions to improve care, and evaluate the implementation of those interventions across the VHA system. The Stroke QUERI currently has 30 active funded research projects (16 with full or partial funding locally) representing approximately $3M in local annual funding, addressing a range of quality issues focused around our three goals: improving inpatient stroke care (the portfolio that I actively manage), stroke risk factor management, and VA stroke policy decisions. She leads the stroke risk factor management component of the Stroke QUERI research portfolio.

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