Kumar Dharmarajan, MD, MBA

Assistant Professor of Medicine (Cardiology)

Research Interests

Cardiology; Geriatrics; Quality of Health Care; Hospital Medicine

Public Health Interests

Health Care Quality; Medicare/Medicaid

Research Organizations

Cardiovascular Medicine: Center for Outcomes Research & Evaluation (CORE)

Research Summary

Dr. Dharmarajan's primary interests are in improving health outcomes for older persons with cardiovascular disease. His work has made fundamental contributions to understanding the vulnerability experienced by patients after hospitalization as well as important ways in which hospitals and health systems can help patients avoid rehospitalization. His current work examines the following questions:

1. Has federal policy to reduce hospital readmissions also impacted patient mortality after hospitalization?

2. Have recent reductions in 30-day readmissions across the US been counterbalanced by increased readmissions after the first month following hospitalization?

3. Do common geriatric conditions predict 30-day readmission after hospitalization for common medical conditions?

4. Are estimates for hospital quality using data for Medicare beneficiaries broadly reflective of quality throughout an institution?

5. What are the determinants of recovery in health status (symptoms, functional status, quality of life) after hospitalization?

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Contact Info

Kumar Dharmarajan, MD, MBA
Patient Care Location
Yale CardiologyYale Physicians Building
800 Howard Avenue, Fl 2nd

New Haven, CT 06519
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Mailing Address
1 Church Street Suite 200
New Haven, CT 06510

Curriculum Vitae