Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies Center for Health Policy/Center for Primary Care and Outcomes Research Stanford University


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Dena M. Bravata, MD, MS  
Stanford Health Policy Adjunct Affiliate (former)

Stanford University
117 Encina Commons
Stanford, CA 94305-6019

Research Interests
methods for the synthesis of medical evidence for use in medical decision making; quantitative policy analyses regarding global preparedness for communicable diseases resulting from bioterrorism and naturally occurring infectious diseases

Dena Bravata is a practicing internist and a CHP/PCOR research associate. Her research expertise is primarily in the development of methods for the synthesis of medical evidence, such as systematic reviews and meta-analysis. In past work, she has performed comprehensive meta-analyses of the safety and efficacy of low carbohydrate diets; of the quality of life, employment, and alcohol use among liver transplant recipients; and of the differences between dermatologists and primary care physicians in their ability to accurately diagnose melanoma. Over the past several years, she has been an active contributor to the Stanford-UCSF Evidence-based Practice Center's efforts to synthesize evidence related to bioterrorism preparedness. In this capacity, she recently directed a project to prepare a comprehensive evidence report on the regionalization of services for bioterrorism preparedness and response. She received a BS in biology from Yale University and an MD from Columbia University. At Stanford she completed a residency in internal medicine and earned an MS in health research and policy. She is fluent in German.

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California Pacific Medical Center


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Studies show misuse of expensive blood-clotting drug
The other Stanford co-authors of the first study include Randall Stafford, associate professor of medicine at the Stanford Prevention Research Center; Dena Bravata MS '00, an adjunct associate of the Center for Health Policy/Center for Primary Care and ...
April 20, 2011 in The Stanford Daily

Will healthcare price transparency deliver ROI?
This is the transcript of my recent podcast interview with Castlight Health Chief Medical Officer Dr. Dena Bravata. David E. Williams: This is David ...
November 17, 2010 in MedCity News

No Clear Criteria for Diagnosing Food Allergies
Other Stanford authors on the study are Dena Bravata, MD, a PCOR affiliate; and Vandana Sundaram, MPH, assistant director of research for CHP/PCOR.
May 15, 2010 in