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Berlowitz receives health services research award

Dr. Anjaneyulu (Anjan) KowluruDr. Dan R. Berlowitz

Dr. Dan R. Berlowitz has received VA's 2015 Under Secretary's Award for Outstanding Achievement in Health Services Research. The award is the highest honor given to a VA health services researcher.

A former VA HSR&D Career Development awardee, Berlowitz is recognized for his expertise in quality assessment, risk adjustment, and the use of large databases. His work focuses on assessing and improving the quality of Veterans' health care, with a particular emphasis on ambulatory and long-term-care settings.

His studies on Veterans with hypertension have led to a reevaluation of how clinicians think about the problem of uncontrolled hypertension. Hypertension control rates are now over 70 percent in VA, in large part due to reductions in what Berlowitz termed "clinical inertia."

Since 2012, Berlowitz has served as acting chief of staff for the Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial VA Hospital in Bedford, Mass. He is the former co-director of HSR&D's Center for Healthcare Organization and Implementation Research, and also served as director of HSR&D's Center for Health Quality, Outcomes, and Economic Research from 2004 through 2013.

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