Varsha G. Vimalananda, MD, MPH
Associate Professor
Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine
Endocrinology, Diabetes, Nutrition & Weight Management

MD, Drexel University College of Medicine
MPH, University of California, Berkeley
BA, University of Chicago

Pronouns: she/her/hers

I am an endocrinologist, an Associate Professor of Medicine at Boston University, and a Physician-Scientist at the Center for Healthcare Organization and Implementation Research (CHOIR) at the VA Bedford Medical Center. I lead research to improve the quality of specialty health care delivery from patient and clinician perspectives.

My projects include work to:
- Develop and validate survey measures of specialty care coordination from patient and clinician perspectives
- Measure coordination of face-to-face care, telehealth, and cross-system care and examine their influences and outcomes in order to guide improvement work
- Identify and apply strategies to improve the efficiency and experience of e-consults and telehealth
- Ensure a clinical perspective in research on telehealth, secure messaging, text messaging, patient portals, and natural language processing to improve care for patients with diabetes

My research draws on my expertise in survey methods, qualitative methods, care coordination, patient-centered care, and endocrinology subspecialty care. I serve as a subject matter expert as a member of the Endocrine Society Clinical Affairs Core Committee and also for the American College of Physicians Council of Subspecialty Societies.

Bedford VA - Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial VA Hosp
Center for Healthcare Organization and Implementation Research (CHOIR)

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  1. Kaitz J, Vimalananda VG, Charns MP, Fix GM. Multidisciplinary providers' perceptions of care delivery for sleep disorders: A qualitative case study. Sleep Health. 2024 Mar 21.View Related Profiles. PMID: 38519364
  2. Zogas A, Sitter KE, Barker AM, Fix GM, Khanna A, Herbst AN, Vimalananda VG. Strategies for engaging patients in co-design of an intervention. Patient Educ Couns. 2024 Jun; 123:108191.View Related Profiles. PMID: 38367306
  3. Anderson E, Krones A, Vimalananda VG, Cutrona SL, Orlander JD, Strymish JL, Rinne ST. Understanding suboptimal e-consult requests: lessons from the VA. Am J Manag Care. 2023 Dec 01; 29(12):e378-e385.View Related Profiles. PMID: 38170529
  4. Zupa MF, Vimalananda VG, Rothenberger SD, Lin JY, Ng JM, McCoy RG, Rosland AM. Patterns of Telemedicine Use and Glycemic Outcomes of Endocrinology Care for Patients With Type 2 Diabetes. JAMA Netw Open. 2023 Dec 01; 6(12):e2346305. PMID: 38055278; PMCID: PMC10701613; DOI: 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2023.46305;
  5. Vimalananda VG, Meterko M, Sitter KE, Qian S, Wormwood JB, Fincke BG. Patients' Experience of Specialty Care Coordination: Survey Development and Validation. J Patient Cent Res Rev. 2023; 10(4):219-230.View Related Profiles. PMID: 38046998; PMCID: PMC10688916; DOI: 10.17294/2330-0698.2027;
  6. Hung A, Wong ES, Dennis PA, Stechuchak KM, Blalock DV, Smith VA, Hoerster K, Vimalananda VG, Raffa SD, Maciejewski ML. Real World Use of Anti-Obesity Medications and Weight Change in Veterans. J Gen Intern Med. 2024 Mar; 39(4):519-528. PMID: 37962730; PMCID: PMC10973309; DOI: 10.1007/s11606-023-08501-z;
  7. Vimalananda VG, Wormwood JB, Sitter KE, Fincke BG, Qian S, Tait MN, Meterko M. Adaptations for remote research work: a modified web-push strategy compared to a mail-only strategy for administering a survey of healthcare experiences. BMC Med Res Methodol. 2023 Oct 19; 23(1):244.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37858034; PMCID: PMC10588167; DOI: 10.1186/s12874-023-02066-5;
  8. Vimalananda VG, Arao K, Qian S, Leibowitz A, Zupa MF, Benzer J, Fincke BG, Zocchi M, Meterko M, Berlowitz D, Sitter KE, Wormwood JB. Variation in telehealth use for endocrine care: Patterns and predictors under the "new normal". J Telemed Telecare. 2023 Oct 12; 1357633X231203144.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37828749
  9. Arao KA, Fincke BG, Zupa MF, Vimalananda VG. Comparison of Endocrinologists' Physical Examination Documentation for In-person vs Video Telehealth Diabetes Visits. J Endocr Soc. 2023 Jun 05; 7(7):bvad073.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37384303; PMCID: PMC10299892; DOI: 10.1210/jendso/bvad073;
  10. Borzecki AM, Conti J, Reisman JI, Vimalananda V, Nagy MW, Paluri R, Linsky AM, McCullough M, Bhasin S, Matsumoto AM, Jasuja GK. Development and Validation of Quality Measures for Testosterone Prescribing. J Endocr Soc. 2023 Jun 05; 7(7):bvad075.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37362384; PMCID: PMC10289518; DOI: 10.1210/jendso/bvad075;
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2017-2022 VA Health Services Research & Development: Career Development Award - Measuring and Improving Specialty Care Coordination in VA
2014-2016 Veterans Affairs: VISN 1 Career Development Award

I am available as a project mentor to residents, fellows, or junior faculty who are interested in completing and publishing a manuscript in an area related to my work. I am an endocrinologist and health services researcher with a focus on care coordination. My particular areas of interest are in coordination of care between primary and subspecialty care, and in use of e-consults to improve access to care without the need for a patient visit. I have experience with interview data collection and analysis, secondary data analysis, and survey development and administration. I have successfully mentored several fellows in the publication of manuscripts and welcome the opportunity to work with mentees on writing and publishing.

Available to Mentor as: (Review Mentor Role Definitions):
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