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HSR Researcher Named a Scholar in Diagnostic Excellence by National Academy of Medicine

June 25, 2024

Natalia Khalaf, MD, MPH

Natalia Khalaf, MD, MPH

Congratulations to Natalia Khalaf, MD, MPH, on being named a 2024 Scholar in Diagnostic Excellence by the National Academy of Medicine!

Dr. Khalaf is a Career Development Awardee and is part of HSR’s Center for Innovations in Quality, Effectiveness and Safety (IQuESt). Her main research interests are studying and reducing health disparities, diagnostic delays, and emergency presentations among pancreatic and colorectal cancer patients. Her Career Development Award research focuses on health informatics approaches to reduce missed opportunities in the diagnosis of pancreatic cancer.

Dr. Khalaf is one of 11 individuals selected by the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) for the 2024 class of the NAM Scholars in Diagnostic Excellence, a one-year, part-time experience during which she will advance her diagnostic skills and contribute to improvements in clinical diagnosis at the national level. Scholars are chosen based on their professional qualifications and accomplishments, demonstrated leadership in the field, and potential to advance diagnostic excellence and equity, as well as the quality and feasibility of their program proposal to improve diagnosis and reduce diagnostic errors at the national level. Dr. Khalaf’s program proposal is titled “Implementing Digital Quality Measures into Learning Health Systems for Diagnostic Excellence in Cancer Care.” The goal of this work is to advance diagnostic excellence through the use of health IT tools for measurement and improvement in diagnostic timing as it relates to cancer care.

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