Dr. Dawn Bravata was the first to benchmark the quality of stroke care for patients in VA hospitals in a study that identified opportunities to improve. She has conducted several prospective, randomized controlled clinical trials to evaluate a strategy of diagnosing and treating sleep apnea among patients with a cerebrovascular event and found that treating sleep apnea results in clinically meaningful improvements in neurological functioning and a reduced risk of recurrent vascular events for patients with stroke and transient ischemic attack.
She has also conducted implementation work to improve the quality of care for patients with transient ischemic attack across VA hospitals. She has recently been exploring a new area of research: examining
the use of creative arts therapies to improve well-being and health outcomes in diverse populations.
In addition to her research, Dr. Bravata is an attending internist in the Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center.