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Aanand D. Naik, M.D.


Investigator, Implementation Science & Innovation Core, Center for Innovations in Quality, Effectiveness and Safety, Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center

Senior Consultant, Coordinating Center, National VA Quality Scholars Program, Houston, TX

Nancy P. and Vincent F. Guinee, MD Distinguished Chair and executive director of The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) Consortium on Aging

Professor and Chair, Department of Management, Policy and Community Health, and Associate Dean for Learning Health Systems, UTHealth School of Public Health

Adjunct Professor, Health Services Research, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX



Phone: 713-794-8541

Phone: 713-791-1414 ext. 10289

Research Interests

  • Define patient-centeredness and characterize it as a dimension of health care quality
  • Evaluate interventions that augment patient-centeredness to improve outcomes of older adults with multiple morbid conditions
  • Cultivate the social, behavioral, and organizational sciences (sociomedical) human capital for health outcomes research


  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program, Yale Medical School, New Haven, Connecticut
  • Geriatric Medicine Fellowship, University of Texas Southwestern, Dallas, Texas
  • Internal Medicine Residency, University of Texas Southwestern, Dallas, Texas
  • M.D., University of Texas Southwestern, Dallas, Texas
  • B.A. with Special Honors, Humanities honors program, magna cum laude, The University of Texas, Austin, Texas

Awards and Activities

  • One of the top 2% of scientists most frequently cited worldwide by PLoS Biology, 2021
  • Director, VA Quality Scholars Program Coordinating Center, Center for Training in Healthcare Quality at IQuESt, 2014 - Present
  • Hartford Foundation Change Agent and Patient Centered Medical Home Action Network Member, 2014 - Present
  • Fulbright & Jaworski LLP Faculty Excellence Award, Educational Leadership, Baylor College of Medicine, 2012
  • Fulbright & Jaworski LLP Faculty Excellence Award, Enduring Educational Materials, Baylor College of Medicine, 2011
  • Dan L. Duncan Cancer Center at BCM, Clinical Research Scientist — Prevention and Population Sciences Program, 2008-Present
  • Federally-funded research projects from Department of Veterans Affairs, National Institutes of Health, and Agency for Healthcare Quality and Research
  • Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Clinical Scientist Development Award, 2008
  • NIA K23 Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Award, 2006 - 2011
  • Hartford Geriatrics Health Outcomes Research Scholar, 2006
  • American Geriatrics Society New Investigator Award, 2006

Dr. Naik's PubMed Link *

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