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PRIME Leadership

Lori Bastian, MD, MPHLori Bastian, MD, MPH, Director. Dr. Bastian has a 27-year career in VA research, starting at the Durham VA Medical Center. Under the mentorship of Eugene Oddone, MD, MHSc, she received an HSR&D Career Development Award to conduct research on behavioral interventions and women's health. In 2016, she moved her affiliation to Yale School of Medicine and was appointed Section Chief of General Medicine and Director of the PRIME Center. Dr. Bastian completed her residency at Duke University and the Durham VA Medical Center, and received her Masters in Public Health from the University of North Carolina.

Alicia Heapy, PhDAlicia Heapy, PhD, Associate Director. Dr. Heapy has been the Associate Director of the PRIME Center since 2008 and is a leader in its focused area of research around pain. She is a member of the National Pain Management Strategy Coordinating Committee, representing research. She is also Chair of the National Pain Research Working Group that comprises over 80 VHA, Department of Defense, National Institutes of Health, and collaborating non-VHA pain-relevant investigators.

Cynthia Brandt, MD, MPHCynthia Brandt, MD, MPH, Deputy Director. Dr. Brandt provides expertise in medical informatics, health services research, informatics education, and the use of electronic health record data for health services research. Her informatics career has focused on building informatics infrastructure for clinical research. Her funded projects use  VA’s electronic medical record data and natural language processing. She also co-directs the VA Postdoctoral Fellowship in Informatics as well as the NLM-funded Informatics Fellowship at Yale.

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