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Dawn M. Bravata, MD

Dawn M. Bravata, MD

  • Research Scientist, William M. Tierney Center for Health Services Research, Regenstrief Institute
  • Research Scientist, Indiana University Center for Health Services and Outcomes Research
  • Core Investigator, VA HSR&D Center for Health Information and Communication
  • Co-Principal Investigator, VA HSR&D Precision Monitoring to Transform Care Quality Enhancement Research Initiative (PRIS-M QUERI)
  • Professor of Clinical Medicine, Indiana University School of Medicine
  • Adjunct Professor of Neurology, Indiana University School of Medicine

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.

“The VA’s expertise and experience with patient-specific electronic medical data may help identify strategies to ensure that patients receive the best care and, importantly, are not lost to follow-up.”