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Linda Williams, M.D.
Linda Williams, M.D.
Indiana University School of Medicine
Indianapolis VA Medical Center, Indianapolis, IN

Research Interests: Healthcare Informatics, Implementation Science, Neurology, Quality Measurement, Cerebrovascular Disease

Dr. Linda S. Williams is the Director of the VA Stroke Quality Enhancement Research Initiative, a senior investigator of the VA HSR&D Center for Healthcare Information and Communication and the Regenstrief Institute, and Professor of Neurology at Indiana University School of Medicine. She is nationally and internationally recognized as a neurology health services researcher working to implement evidence to improve stroke care and outcomes. Her work has focused on development of a stroke-specific quality of life scale, assessment and treatment of post-stroke depression, and on measuring and improving the quality of stroke care from a system perspective. As Director of the VA Stroke QUERI, Dr. Williams has been instrumental in leading a portfolio of research and operational projects and partnerships that have led to measurable improvements in VA stroke care. This work includes the first effort to measure inpatient stroke care quality nationally at all VAMCs, the resulting development and implementation of a VA National Acute Ischemic Stroke Directive in 2012, which served to standardize and organize VA acute stroke care in all facilities across the nation, and the measurement of three inpatient stroke quality indicators at all VAMCs. Dr. Williams is to improving the quality of care for Veterans with stroke, and to advancing the science of implementation by testing implementation intervention strategies in real world settings. She is the recipient of a VA HSR&D Career Development Award.

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