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Yuan Lu, ScD

Assistant Professor



Dr. Lu was trained in epidemiology and global health, with a particular focus on cardiovascular diseases. She obtained both of her ScD and MSc Degrees in Global Health and Population at the Harvard School of Public Health. She works in the intersection of cardiovascular disease prevention, health equity, and digital health, using implementation science methods to resolve real-world issues. Her long-term goal is to improve care, outcomes, and equity of cardiovascular diseases by designing and implementing technology-based interventions. She recently completed an NHLBI K12 career development award in implementation science, in which she leveraged the electronic health records from the Yale New Haven Health System to identify patients with persistent hypertension and design decision supports to improve their care. Over the past few years, she has been working on a number of groundbreaking collaborating projects between Yale University and the Chinese National Center for Cardiovascular Diseases in Beijing. These include the Millions Persons Project that assembles remarkable population health and biomedical resources from 5 million people across China. She has also worked with the NCD Risk Factor Collaboration (NCD-RisC) on global analyses of the impact of risk factors on global burden of cardiovascular diseases. She has authored over 100 peer-reviewed publications, including first author articles in leading journals such as The Lancet, JAMA, Circulation, and BMJ, and her work has been cited more than 40,000 times. Dr. Lu is the recipient of the 2022 John H. Laragh Research Award of the American Journal of Hypertension for her contribution to the field of hypertension.

Education & Training

  • ScD
    Harvard School of Public Health, Global Health and Population (2015)

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
Office of Health Equity Research Award for Yale Research Excellence, FinalistOffice of Health Equity Research, Yale School of Medicine2023
The John Laragh Research AwardAmerican Journal of Hypertension2022
Batten Fellowship AwardSentara Foundation2022
FellowAmerican Heart Association2021
FellowNIH Mixed Methods Research Training Program for the Health Sciences2020
FellowNIH Training Institute for Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health2019
Yale Scholars in Implementation Science (YSIS) Career Development AwardYale University2019
American Heart Association Quality of Care and Outcomes Research (QCOR) Young Investigator Award, FinalistAmerican Heart Association2017
American Heart Association Elizabeth Barrett-Connor Research Award for Young Investigators, FinalistAmerican Heart Association2016
Harvard Chinese Life Science Annual Distinguished Research AwardHarvard Medical School2015
Bernard Lown Scholar in Cardiovascular HealthHarvard University2014
Harvard Global Health Institute Doctoral Research GrantHarvard University2013
John F. and Virginia B. Taplin FellowshipHarvard University2012

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