Dr. Bijal Balasubramanian Receives the Mid-Career Research Award

Dr. Bijal Balasubramanian Receives the Mid-Career Research Award

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Dr. Balasubramanian was appointed regional dean of UTHealth School of Public Health in Dallas in 2017, and has been a faculty member at UTHealth School of Public Health in Dallas since 2010

Dr. Bijal Balasubramanian, associate professor of epidemiology and dean of the Dallas Campus of The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Public Health, received the Mid-Career Research Award at the North American Primary Care Research Group (NAPCRG) Annual Meeting on Nov. 18 in Toronto, Canada

The Mid-Career Research Award recognizes outstanding research accomplishments in advancing primary care by an individual at the mid-career stage, according to the NAPCRG’s awards criteria.

"Primary care is the frontline of prevention and if health outcomes are to be improved and disparities reduced in the US, it is imperative that we improve our primary care system," Balasubramanian says. "This recognition strengthens my resolve to move full steam ahead with my colleagues in improving primary care practice." 

Dr. Balasubramanian’s research uses implementation science methods to design and evaluate large-scale, multi-level health care improvement interventions. Her goal is to enhance care quality and outcomes for patients suffering from common chronic conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, depression and cancer.

Dr. Balasubramanian was appointed regional dean of UTHealth School of Public Health in Dallas in 2017. She has been a faculty member at UTHealth School of Public Health in Dallas since 2010. During this time, she has developed sustained collaborations with University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Children’s Health System of Dallas and the Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center to advance research and in training the next generation of population and public health researchers.

Under her leadership, the Dallas campus is conducting innovative research that integrates public health and health care delivery to improve the health of vulnerable populations and reduce health and health care disparities. This research is focused on cancer prevention, screening and survivorship; violence prevention; mental health and substance use in children, adolescents, adults and the elderly. The campus also has a flourishing MD/MPH dual-degree program that is teaching medical students to integrate social determinants of health into clinical care to deliver high quality care.