Dr. Erica S. Spatz, MD, MHS is funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) K12 Career Development Award in Patient Centered Outcomes Research to advance shared decision making. She is leading a national measure of the quality of informed consent for elective procedures. Dr. Spatz is also interested in translating guidelines and comparative effectiveness outcomes research into tools that can be used by patients to make better healthcare decisions. Related to this work, Dr. Spatz conducts research illuminating heterogeneity in cardiovascular disease presentation and outcomes, especially among women and people of low socioeconomic status.
Dr. Spatz' other work is focused on population health and reducing health disparities. She is rigorously trained in epidemiology and outcomes research using mixed quantitative-qualitative methods through the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program. She is interested in the environmental context in which people live (including access to health and healthcare; stress; well-being), and how this impacts cardiovascular outcomes. She is currently evaluating variation in outcomes based on communities' resources and well-being. Dr. Spatz is also collaborating with the China PEACE team to improve cardiovascular outcomes in China. She is a co-founder and Board Member of Project Access-New Haven, a non-profit organization that provides access to specialty care for underinsured patients.
- Spatz ES, Canavan ME, Desai MM. From Here to JUPITER: Identifying New Patients for Statin Therapy Using Data from the 1999_2004 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. Circ Cardiovasc Qual Outcomes 2009(2): 41-48
- Spatz ES, Ross JS, Desai MM, Canavan ME, Krumholz HM. Beyond insurance coverage: Usual source of care in the treatment of hypertension and hypercholesterolemia. Data from the 2003-2006 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. American Heart Journal 2010;160:115-121.
- Spatz ES, Phipps MS, Wang OJ, Lagarde S, Curry L, Lucas G, Rosenthal MS. Expanding the safety-net of specialty care for the uninsured. Health Services Research. February 2012. 47(1pt2): 344-362.
- Spatz ES, Canavan ME, Desai MM, Krumholz HM, Lindau ST. Sexual activity and function among middle-aged and older men and women with hypertension. J of Hypertension. 31(6):1096-1105, June 2013.
- Curry LA, Spatz E, Cherlin E, Thompson JW, Berg D, Ting HH, Decker C, Krumholz HM, Bradley EH. What Distinguishes Top-Performing Hospitals in Acute Myocardial Infarction Mortality Rates? Ann Intern Med. 2011;154:384-390.
- The Variation in Recovery: Role of Gender on Outcomes of Young AMI Patients (VIRGO) Classification System: A Taxonomy for Young Women With Acute Myocardial Infarction. Spatz ES, Curry LA, Masoudi, Zhou S, Strait KM, Gross CP, Curtis JP, Lansky AJ, Soares Barreto-Filho JA, Lampropulos JF, Bueno H, Chaudhry SI, D'Onofrio G, Safdar B, Dreyer RP, Murugiah K, Spertus JA, Krumholz HM.Circulation. 2015 Nov 3;132(18):1710-8. doi: 10.1161/CIRCULATIONAHA.115.016502. Epub 2015 Sep 8.