I am an Associate Professor of Neurology and Internal Medicine at Yale School of Medicine and a board-certified neurologist and primary care internist within the VA Connecticut Healthcare System, providing both specialty and general care services for Veterans with neurological disease, specifically headache and ischemic stroke.
After completing a dual residency in neurology and internal medicine at Yale University School of Medicine, I completed a VA Special Fellowship in Psychiatry and Neuroscience with a focus on health services research and epidemiology within the VA Connecticut Healthcare System, West Haven campus. I am an active investigator within the VA Precision Monitoring to Transform Care QUERI, the HSR&D Pain Research, Informatics, Multi-morbidities, and Education (PRIME), Clinical Epidemiology Research Centers, and the Center for Neuroepidemiology and Clinical Neurological Research.
As a previous VA HSR&D Career Development awardee with implementation science project goals of improving care coordination and communication between primary care and specialty care providers within the context of a Learning Healthcare System, my research interests include developing and assessing theory-based improvement interventions and using Lean Six Sigma/Systems Redesign approaches to improving the efficient delivery of high-quality health care.
I am the National Lead for the Headache Centers of Excellence (HCoE) Program within the Veterans Health Administration. The HCoE is a national initiative to improve headache care quality and delivery through educational programs, innovative care delivery models including telehealth, and standardized care algorithms which incorporate patient self-management and interdisciplinary headache care. I also serve as the Director of the HCoE RE3ACH (Research, Education, Evaluation, and Engagement Activities Center for Headache), which is tasked with understanding the epidemiology and role of military exposures in headache among Veterans and integrating with the educational and community engagement missions of the HCoE to create a true learning headache healthcare system within the Department of Veterans Affairs.
I am also keenly interested in the policy implications of research. I am actively involved in several key committees and subcommittees within Neurology and Internal Medicine, including the American Academy of Neurology (including Advocacy, Health Policy, and Members Research), American Headache Society (including Scientific Sessions Planning, Publications, and Advocacy), and the American College of Physicians (specifically the Council of Subspecialty Societies). I regularly present research findings related to neurological care among Veterans to Congressional staff and advocacy organizations.
|Board of Directors Member||National Headache Foundation||2022|
|Clinical Epidemiology Fellow||American Heart Association||2011|
|Young Investigator Career Development Award||American Neurological Association||2010|
|Young Investigator Award||Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections||2010|
|International Health Scholar||Johnson and Johnson||2009|
|John W. Brackett Award for Resident Teacher Award||Yale Primary Care Residency Program||2009|
|Power Day II Award||Yale University School of Medicine||2009|
|American Academy of Neurology||Stroke Prevention and Rehabilitation Task Force, Government Relations Committee, Medical Economics and Management Committee, and Health Services Research Subcommittee||2015 - Present|