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Harlan Krumholz, MD
Harlan Krumholz, MD

    Dr. Harlan Krumholz is the Harold H. Hines, Jr., professor of medicine, epidemiology and public health at the Yale University School of Medicine.His research is focused on determining optimal clinical strategies and identifying opportunities for improvement in the prevention, treatment and outcome of cardiovascular disease, with emphasis on under-represented populations. Using methods of clinical epidemiology and health services research, he has sought to illuminate the balance of risks, benefits and costs of specific clinical approaches. The research efforts are intended to provide critical information to improve the quality of health care, monitor changes over time, and guide decisions about the allocation of scarce resources.

    He is currently leading initiatives through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to develop national mortality measures for public reporting of hospital performance. In an effort to investigate ways that hospitals can improve outcomes through decreasing door-to-balloon times, he initiated and headed the steering committee of D2B: An Alliance for Quality, an international campaign launched by the American College of Cardiology to implement key evidence-based strategies to achieve guideline recommended door-to-balloon times. He also serves as principal investigator on two multi-center projects sponsored by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: the VIRGO study, an investigation of issues surrounding the care and outcomes of young women with acute myocardial infarction; and a study examining the effect of a telemonitoring strategy on the outcomes of patients with heart failure.

    Dr. Krumholz is a member of many national committees focused on quality of care issues. He chairs the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association (ACC/AHA) Joint Committee on Performance Measures for the Care of Patients with Acute Myocardial Infarction, and was a member of the ACC/AHA Writing Committee for Guidelines for Patients with ST-Segment Elevation AMI. He is former chair of the AHA/ACC Annual Scientific Forum on Quality of Care and Outcomes Research in Cardiovascular Disease and Stroke. Dr. Krumholz served as a board member of the Society of Geriatric Cardiology and as a member of the executive council of the Heart Failure Society of America. He is an elected member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation and the Association of American Physicians.

    Dr. Krumholz earned his medical degree from Harvard Medical School, completed his internship and residency in internal medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, and finished his cardiology fellowship at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston. He also received his master of science degree in health policy and management from the Harvard School of Public Health.

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