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Laura A. Petersen, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.P.

Laura A. Petersen, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.P.

Center Director, Center for Innovations in Quality, Effectiveness and Safety, Associate Chief of Staff for Research (ACOS/R), Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center

Professor, Department of Medicine, Chief, Section of Health Services Research, Baylor College of Medicine

Board Certified Internist

Email: (for primary VA business)


Phone: 713-794-8623

Phone: 713-791-1414 ext. 10314

Phone: 713-794-8696

Research Interests

  • Assessment of the influence of financing of health care services (structure) upon the quality (process and outcome) of health care
  • Implementing best evidence into best clinical practice, emphasizing the results of comparative effectiveness research
  • Development of state-of-the-art methods for assessing the quality of health care for cardiovascular disease
  • Rigorous studies of health policy interventions


  • Bachelor of Science with Honors, University of California, Davis, California
  • Undergraduate Honours Program, St. Andrews University, St. Andrews, Scotland, U.K.
  • Doctor of Medicine, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio
  • Master of Public Health, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts
  • Residency in Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts
  • Chief Medical Resident, West Roxbury Division, Brockton/West Roxbury VA Medical Center, West Roxbury, Massachusetts
  • Harvard Medical School Faculty Development Fellowship in General Internal Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts

Awards and Activities

  • Member, External Advisory Board, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) Centers for Cardiovascular Outcomes (CCOR), 2011-present
  • Elected Member, Association of American Physicians, February 2011
  • Invited Fellowship, American College of Physicians, 2008
  • American Heart Association Established Investigator Award, 2005
  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Generalist Physician Faculty Scholar Award, 2002
  • Society of General Internal Medicine, Outstanding Junior Investigator of the Year, 2001
  • National Advisory Committee - Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Physician Faculty Scholar Program, 2008-2012
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society

Dr. Petersen's PubMed Link*

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