Varsha G. Vimalananda, MD, MPH
Voluntary 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. Robinson SA, Zocchi M, Purington C, Am L, DeLaughter K, Vimalananda VG, Netherton D, Ash AS, Hogan TP, Shimada SL. Secure Messaging for Diabetes Management: Content Analysis. JMIR Diabetes. 2023 Mar 23; 8:e40272.View Related Profiles. PMID: 36951903
  2. Robinson SA, Zocchi M, Purington C, Am L, DeLaughter K, Vimalananda VG, Netherton D, Ash AS, Hogan TP, Shimada SL. Secure Messaging for Diabetes Management: Content Analysis. JMIR Diabetes. 2023 Mar 23; 8:e40272.View Related Profiles. PMID: 36951903
  3. Shanahan J, Vimalananda VG, Graham L, Schumann R, Mull HJ. Association Between Preoperative Diabetes Control and Postoperative Adverse Events Among Veterans Health Administration Patients With Diabetes Who Underwent Elective Ambulatory Hernia Surgery. JAMA Netw Open. 2023 Mar 01; 6(3):e236318.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37000453; PMCID: PMC10066455; DOI: 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2023.6318;
  4. Li B, Gillmeyer KR, Molloy-Paolillo B, Vimalananda VG, Elwy AR, Wiener RS, Rinne ST. Scoping Review of Pulmonary Telemedicine Consults: Current Knowledge and Research Gaps. Ann Am Thorac Soc. 2023 Mar; 20(3):456-465.View Related Profiles. PMID: 36490386; PMCID: PMC9993154; DOI: 10.1513/AnnalsATS.202205-404OC;
  5. Khanna A, Fix GM, Anderson E, Bolton RE, Bokhour BG, Foster M, Smith JG, Vimalananda VG. Towards a framework for patient-centred care coordination: a scoping review protocol. BMJ Open. 2022 Dec 01; 12(12):e066808.View Related Profiles. PMID: 36456025; PMCID: PMC9716881; DOI: 10.1136/bmjopen-2022-066808;
  6. Vimalananda VG, Brito JP, Eiland LA, Lal RA, Maraka S, McDonnell ME, Narla RR, Roth MY, Crossen SS. Appropriate Use of Telehealth Visits in Endocrinology: Policy Perspective of the Endocrine Society. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2022 Nov 23; 107(11):2953-2962. PMID: 36194041
  7. Wong DH, Bolton RE, Sitter KE, Vimalananda VG. Endocrinologists' Experiences With Telehealth: A Qualitative Study With Implications for Promoting Sustained Use. Endocr Pract. 2023 Feb; 29(2):104-109.View Related Profiles. PMID: 36370984; DOI: 10.1016/j.eprac.2022.11.003;
  8. Kershaw K, Martelly L, Stevens C, McInnes DK, Silverman A, Byrne T, Aycinena D, Sabin LL, Garvin LA, Vimalananda VG, Hass R. Text messaging to increase patient engagement in a large health care for the homeless clinic: Results of a randomized pilot study. Digit Health. 2022 Jan-Dec; 8:20552076221129729.View Related Profiles. PMID: 36238754; PMCID: PMC9551340; DOI: 10.1177/20552076221129729;
  9. Sitter KE, Wong DH, Bolton RE, Vimalananda VG. Clinical Appropriateness of Telehealth: A Qualitative Study of Endocrinologists' Perspectives. J Endocr Soc. 2022 Aug 01; 6(8):bvac089.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35775013; PMCID: PMC9237447; DOI: 10.1210/jendso/bvac089;
  10. Zocchi MS, Robinson SA, Ash AS, Vimalananda VG, Wolfe HL, Hogan TP, Connolly SL, Stewart MT, Am L, Netherton D, Shimada SL. Patient portal engagement and diabetes management among new portal users in the Veterans Health Administration. J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2021 09 18; 28(10):2176-2183.View Related Profiles. PMID: 34339500; PMCID: PMC8449618; DOI: 10.1093/jamia/ocab115;
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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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Contact for Mentoring:
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