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Utibe R Essien, MD, MPH – Career Development Awardee

Utibe R Essien, MD, MPH Utibe R Essien, MD, MPH
VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System
Los Angeles, CA 

Utibe R. Essien, MD, MPH, is a health services researcher with the Center for the Study of Healthcare Innovation, Implementation, and Policy (CSHIIP) at the Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System. He is also a general internist and an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. Dr. Essien received his MD from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and completed Primary Care residency and a General Internal Medicine fellowship at the Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. During fellowship, he received his MPH degree at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

Dr. Essien's research focus is examining racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic inequities in the use of novel therapeutics and technologies in the management of chronic and cardiovascular diseases with the long-term goal of blending health equity and implementation science research methods to improve uptake and diffusion of evidence-based treatment in underserved Veteran populations. In 2021 he helped coin the term "pharmacoequity" to describe the goal of improving equitable access to life-saving medications. He was awarded a VA HSR&D Career Development Award in 2021 to create a national cohort of Veterans with atrial fibrillation to conduct a mixed-methods study to examine patient, provider, and system level determinants of inequitable atrial fibrillation treatment and ultimately implement a multilevel intervention to reduce such disparities.

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