Years active at Yale: 1996-2007
Dr. Bravata is being recognized for her achievements in research and mentorship. Dr. Bravata’s research has focused on the measurement and evaluation of quality of care, seeking to identify gaps in care that serve as targets for future implementation projects. Currently professor of medicine at the University of Indiana, she has published over 100 peer-reviewed research papers in leading journals. In 2006, Dr. Bravata became the clinical coordinator of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Stroke Quality Enhancement Research Initiative, where she worked with collaborators in the U.S.and Canada to develop and advance a national VA stroke research health services, implementation science, and health policy portfolio. Dr. Bravata was the first to benchmark the quality of stroke care for patients in VA hospitals in a study that identified opportunities to improve VA stroke care. This project led to the issuance of the national VA Acute Ischemic Stroke Directive and to system-wide changes in the organization of VA stroke services. As a result of this system reorganization, stroke care quality has improved consistently and substantially for veterans.Her work in stroke care quality led to an interest in evaluating new approaches to improve outcomes for patients with vascular disease. For example, she has conducted several prospective, randomized controlled clinical trials to evaluate a strategy of diagnosing and treating sleep apnea among patients with a cerebrovascular event. These studies demonstrated that this strategy results in clinically meaningful improvements in neurological functioning and a reduced risk of recurrent vascular events for patients with stroke and transient ischemic attack.
Dr. Bravata has also served as a research mentor for many students, fellows, and junior faculty members across a diverse spectrum of clinical specialties.