Harlan Krumholz, MD, SM
Harold H. Hines, Jr. Professor of Medicine (Cardiology) and Professor in the Institute for Social and Policy Studies, of Investigative Medicine and of Public Health (Health Policy); Director, Center for Outcomes Research and Evaluation (CORE)
“Our job is to help people who have great promise to achieve that promise,” said cardiologist Harlan Krumholz. Considered to be one of the leading experts in the world on quality-of-care research, Dr. Krumholz’s research over the last two decades has fundamentally elevated the quality of care for patients with cardiovascular disease. As director of the Yale Center for Outcomes Research and Evaluation (CORE), one of the nation’s first and most productive research units dedicated to improving patient outcomes and promoting better population health, he is eager to harness the wealth of data available via electronic health records. He is passionate about the ability of research to generate knowledge that produces insights that can help millions of people.
Dr. Krumholz is equally passionate about mentoring the next generation of clinical investigators and has had a substantial impact on a large number of junior investigators. He is finishing 20 years as director or co-director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Clinical Scholars Program, which has trained physician health leaders at Yale for more than four decades. He was the primary architect of the program’s enhanced training curriculum, which he saw as foundational to translating science into practice. When the RWJF program closes in 2016, he will serve as director emeritus of the Yale National Clinician Scholars Program, part of a national interprofessional fellowship program designed to prepare future clinician leaders to improve health and health care in the US through scholarship and action at the national, state, and local levels.
Dr. Krumholz has served as primary mentor for for almost 100 individuals, many of whom have developed successful research careers. “Helping younger colleagues develop the skills they need to make the breakthroughs of the future is one of the most gratifying and essential aspects of my work,” he said.
He feels that Yale has a small town culture that fosters an open, collaborative environment that is especially beneficial to early-stage investigators. He tells his mentees that while research presents challenges and frustrations, they should pursue areas about which they care deeply. “It has to be something that doesn’t feel like work,” he said, “but actually feels like a calling.”
While Dr. Krumholz has much to offer his younger colleagues, he is often motivated and inspired by them. “The impact of my work would have only been a fraction of what it’s been if I hadn’t had the benefit of working with brilliant young people who have inspired me and are were tireless in their efforts to produce knowledge that’s going to help future generations,” he said.