Judith Lichtman appointed Susan Dwight Bliss Professor of Epidemiology

Judith Lichtman
Judith Lichtman

Judith Lichtman, whose research focuses on the epidemiology of stroke and heart disease, has been appointed the Susan Dwight Bliss Professor of Epidemiology, effective Feb. 20. 

Lichtman is a professor and chair in the Department of Chronic Disease Epidemiology at the Yale School of Public Health, co-director of the Center for Neuroepidemiology and Clinical Neurological Research, and director of the Humanities, Arts, and Public Health Practice at Yale (HAPPY) Initiative.

Lichtman has been actively involved in regional and national studies of cardiovascular and stroke outcomes. She has extensive experience examining vascular disease outcomes using large administrative databases. For instance, in order to address the lack of a cohesive surveillance system to track national patterns of vascular care and long-term patient outcomes, she created a national, longitudinal database from Medicare data to examine disease trends, patterns of care, and outcomes among elderly patients with heart disease and stroke. 

She is principal investigator for several studies examining disparities in recurrent stroke among elderly Medicare beneficiaries, with a special emphasis on studying the patterns of care and outcomes for women. She has also been a lead investigator for several studies that focus on the presentation, care, and outcomes of heart disease in young women. 

Lichtman has served on several national committees related to cardiovascular and cerebrovascular disorders including the American Heart Association’s (AHA) Patient Education System Task Force, the AHA Peer Review Evaluation Design Task Force, the AHA Stroke and Epidemiology Councils, the AHA Quality of Care and Outcomes Research Expert Panel, and the American Stroke Association (ASA) Advisory Committee. She has been a member of the program committee for the AHA Conference on Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology and Prevention, and has served on numerous National AHA/ASA Writing Committees, including leading both an Advisory and Scientific Statement on depression and heart disease.  She was the recipient of the C. Miller Fisher, MD Neuroscience Visionary Award from the AHA/ASA in 2018, and she is currently a Fellow in the Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) program. 

She has been the principal investigator for projects funded by the Goddess Foundation; the Fannie E. Rippel Foundation; the American Heart Association; the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; the National Institute on Aging; the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute; and the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. 

She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Rochester and received her Master of Public Health degree and Ph.D. in epidemiology at Yale. 

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