Associate Professor of Medicine (Cardiology)
Dr. McNamara is Associate Professor of Internal Medicine (Cardiology). His research centers on evaluating the use of evidence-based medicine on the diagnosis and management of patients with heart disease. A specific focus is to identify areas with significant variation in care, and provide a sound base of evidence to guide treatment. Methodologies include primary data collection, secondary data analysis, meta-analyses, cost-effectiveness analysis, qualitative studies, establishing clinical practice guidelines and data standards, and promoting quality assurance and improvement. Current projects include designing ways to evaluate hospital performance in treating patients with acute myocardial infarction through use of the electronic health record, and establishing quality performance standards for noninvasive cardiac imaging.