Nancy Kressin, Ph.D
Boston University, School of Medicine
Boston VA Health Care System, Boston, MA
Research Interests: Cardiology, Career Development, Equity, Patient-Centered Care
Dr. Nancy Kressin is a Senior Research Career Scientist in the Health Services Research & Development Service at the Boston VA Healthcare System, Professor of Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM), and Director of the Health/care Disparities Research Program in the Department of Medicine at BUSM. She is nationally known for her research on disparities in cardiovascular health care processes and outcomes, and she has led numerous disparities-related projects funded by the NIH/NHLBI, Department of Veterans Affairs, American Heart Association and other foundations. Dr. Kressin’s research has examined possible underlying mechanisms for racial/ethnic disparities in health outcomes and health care by studying patient and provider perspectives on treatment decision-making (e.g. invasive cardiac procedure use, hypertension and dental care) and on patients’ adoption of recommended therapies for chronic diseases. Dr. Kressin has implemented intervention studies designed to reduce disparities in care and health outcomes by enhancing patient-provider communication, and using electronic reminders in EMRs. Currently, Dr. Kressin colleagues are studying the effects of Massachusetts health reform on the use of care and on potential reductions in disparities in the use of care.