Barbara Vickrey, MD, MPH

Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai

Barbara G. Vickrey is the Henry P. and Georgette Goldschmidt Professor and Chair of the Department of Neurology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York since 2015. She received her MD from Duke University. After neurology residency, she earned an MPH from UCLA School of Public Health and completed post‐doctoral research fellowships in the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program and the RAND/UCLA Center for Health Policy Study. The overarching goal of her research is to create and implement effective and sustainable, evidence‐based interventions to improve access, quality, and outcomes for persons with neurological conditions.

Her research over the last 25 years aims to create, implement, and test interventions to translate into routine care findings about therapies that have been proven – through randomized controlled trial evidence ‐ to better the health of people with neurologic conditions. She led a randomized trial of a coordinated model for dementia care that provided evidence that collaboration among health care systems, community organizations, and patient‐caregiver dyads improves quality of care and outcomes for dementia patients. A coordinated care model for Parkinson’s disease in the VA was also shown to have efficacy for improving quality of care. She has developed many tools to assess quality of care and to measure patient‐oriented outcomes such as health‐related quality of life, and led research to analyze what components of the healthcare delivery system “explain” why there is low uptake of randomized trial evidence into practice. As an implementation science/quality of care researcher, she has led multi‐ disciplinary teams of health services researchers, medical anthropologists, health economists, biostatisticians, community practitioners, and community agency leadership and staff; this research includes collaborations with public and private healthcare facilities and organizations, as well as professional societies and community agencies. The research has employed a range of methodologies including patient and provider surveys and interviews, formal consensus methods, medical record abstractions, large database analyses, cost analyses, and randomized trials of healthcare delivery interventions. She led a center grant from NINDS on health disparities research on stroke prevention, incorporating strong community engagement and two large trials to create, implement, and test novel models to redress disparities in stroke risk factor control in under‐resourced populations in Los Angeles County. One of the trials tested coordinated team care with community health workers who make home visits, mobile health apps, culturally‐tailored patient tools, neighborhood chronic disease self‐ management classes, and evidence‐based guidelines for stroke prevention. She has received funding from NIH, VA, state agencies, and multiple foundations to support this research, and she has mentored over 25 graduate students, medical students, residents, fellows, and junior faculty in health services research, many of whom are now successful faculty members at leading academic institutions.

Dr. Vickrey has provided extensive national service including the NINDS Advisory Council and serving as President of the American Neurological Association from 2015‐2017. In 1998, she received the Alice S. Hersh Young Investigator Award from AcademyHealth; in 2011, she was elected to the National Academy of Medicine; and in 2019, she was named one of Crain’s 2019 Notable Women in Health Care in New York City.

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