Three Yale doctors selected for Yale-New Haven Hospital career development program
Three Yale doctors have been accepted into the first Yale-New Haven Hospital Center for Outcomes Research and Evaluation career development program in Patient-Centered Outcomes Research (Y-CORE PCOR). They will receive two years of training and career development support. The three scholars were selected for their strong commitment to patient-centered outcomes research and comparative effectiveness research. They are:
Dr. Nihar Desai, assistant professor in the Section of Cardiovascular Medicine at Yale. He earned his undergraduate degree from Lehigh University, medical degree from the University of Connecticut, and an M.P.H. from the Harvard School of Public Health. He completed residency training as well as a cardiology fellowship at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School. Desai’s study will employ novel analytical methods to advanced patient-centered outcomes and comparative effectiveness research related to atrial fibrillation. He plans to create a shared decision-making tool for the need for and optimal selection of antithrombotic therapy in patients with atrial fibrillation.
Dr. Erica Spatz, assistant professor in the Section of Cardiovascular Medicine at Yale. She earned her undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt University and completed medical school in Beer Sheva, Israel. She completed residency at Montefiore Medical Center and a research fellowship with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars and a clinical fellowship in Cardiology, both at Yale. For her Y-CORE PCOR project, Spatz will examine the patient, physician, and organizational perspectives on shared decision-making. She hopes to create a guide that will integrate shared decision-making into routine clinical practice.
Dr. Shi-Yi Wang, assistant professor of epidemiology at the Yale School of Public Health. He earned his medical degree from Taipei Medical College in Taiwan and a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. Wang will be conducting a study that integrates decision aids, which are tools for giving patients the information they need to make decisions based on goals and preferences. He will apply a decision aid model in a population of older women with early stage breast cancer who are deciding whether or not to receive radiotherapy.