National Clinician Scholars Program

Advancing health through scholarship and action

Yale University

Cary P. Gross, MD
Program Director

Sarwat I. Chaudhry, MD

Marjorie Sue Rosenthal, MD, MPH

Joseph Solomon Ross, MD

Robin Whittemore, APRN, FAAN

Rani A. Hoff, PhD, MPH
VA Liaison

Harlan M. Krumholz, MD, SM
Director Emeritus

Sarah Englehardt
Senior Administrative Assistant

Susan Whalen
Program Coordinator

Yale University School of Medicine
333 Cedar Street
P.O. Box 208088
New Haven, CT 06520-8025
Phone: (203) 785-4148
Website: Yale National Clinician Scholars Program

Affiliated VA Medical Center:
VA Connecticut Healthcare System

Cary Gross

Dr. Cary Gross is a Professor of Medicine, Co-Director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program, and Director of the National Clinician Scholars Program at Yale. Dr. Gross completed his residency in Internal Medicine at New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center and served as chief medical resident at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center the following year.His research addresses comparative effectiveness, quality, and population health, with a focus on cancer prevention and treatment.He is a founding Director of Yale’s Cancer Outcomes Public Policy and Effectiveness Research (COPPER) Center. His research has been supported by the National Cancer Institute, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and the American Cancer Society, among others.As a former Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar, Dr. Gross has advanced training in biostatistics, epidemiology, research ethics, and outcomes research.

Sarwat Chaudhry

Sarwat Chaudhry, MD is a board-certified internist who completed her clinical training at the University of Chicago. She came to Yale for the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program, and now holds a faculty position as Associate Professor of Medicine in the Section of General Medicine. She is conducting a large-scale observational study, SILVER-AMI, of older patients with acute myocardial infarction. The goal of this study is to understand how non-traditional risk factors, such as frailty and cognitive impairment, impact the outcomes of this rapidly growing patient population. 3000 patients with AMI will be enrolled from across the country and followed for 6 months after hospital discharge. In addition, Dr. Chaudhry serves as Director of the Academic Hospitalist Program at Yale. In this role, she is conducting work to improve the safety and quality of hospitalized patients. She recently founded the Center for Healthcare Innovation, Redesign, and Learning at Yale. This Center, funded by AHRQ, is studying and improving care transitions into, within, and out of the hospital setting.

Marjorie Rosenthal

Marjorie is an Assistant Director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Clinical Scholars Program and Director for the Clinical Scholars’ Community Research Initiative. She is a former RWJF Clinical Scholar from both Yale and the University of North Carolina. She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the Yale University School of Medicine. Marjorie conducts research on decreasing health inequities for young, vulnerable families. Specifically, she studies ways in which non-traditional health educators (such as child care providers and peers in group health appointments) can help transcend barriers impacting health. She uses community-based participatory research approaches and teaches community-based participatory research to fellows and community members. Marjorie joined the faculty in 2005.

Joseph Ross

Joseph S. Ross, MD, MHS, is an Associate Professor of Medicine (General Medicine) and of Public Health (Health Policy and Management), a member of the Center for Outcomes Research and Evaluation at the Yale-New Haven Hospital, and an Assistant Director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Clinical Scholars program at Yale. He completed his undergraduate degrees in biological science: neuroscience and psychology at the University of Rochester and his medical degree at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY. After completing his post-graduate training in primary care internal medicine at Montefiore Medical Center in Bronx, NY, Dr. Ross was a fellow in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars program at Yale University, earning a Master’s degree in health sciences research. Using health services research methods, Dr. Ross’s research focuses on examining factors which affect the use or delivery of recommended ambulatory care services for older adults and other vulnerable populations, evaluating the impact of state and federal policies on the delivery of appropriate and higher quality care, and issues related to pharmaceutical and medical device evidence development, postmarket surveillance, and practice adoption/de-adoption. In addition, he collaborates with a multi-disciplinary team of investigators under contract for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to develop statistical models that are used to measure and publicly report hospital and ambulatory care clinical outcomes using administrative data. Dr. Ross is currently an Associate Editor at JAMA Internal Medicine.

Robin Whittemore, PhD, APRN is an Associate Professor at Yale School of Nursing. She received her BSN from the University of Bridgeport in 1978, a MSN from the University of Connecticut in 1991, and a PhD in nursing from Boston College in 2000. She has held progressive academic and research appointments as Lecturer at the University of Connecticut, University Fellow at Boston College, Post Doctoral Fellow at Yale School of Nursing, and Research Scientist at Yale School of Nursing.

Dr. Whittemore is a clinical nurse specialist in peri-operative nursing and has 20 years of clinical expertise in acute care nursing, specifically post-surgical care. Her current research is focused on: 1) a lifestyle change program delivered by nurse practitioners to prevent type 2 diabetes; 2) a lifestyle change program delivered by RNs for adults with type 2 diabetes; 3) psychosocial adjustment to chronic illness; and 4) an internet coping skills training program for adolescents with type 1 diabetes.

Rani Hoff

Rani Hoff, received both her MPH in chronic disease epidemiology, and her PhD in mental health services research and psychiatric epidemiology, from Yale University. Dr. Hoff serves as Director of the Northeast Program Evaluation Center (NEPEC), which performs national program evaluation of mental health services within the Office of Mental Health Operations in VA Central Office; the Director of the Evaluation Division of the National Center for PTSD; the head of the Women and Trauma Core of Women's Health at Yale; and Associate Director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program at Yale.

Dr. Hoff’s research utilizes principles of psychiatric epidemiology and services research to examine risk factors and correlates of psychiatric disorders, with particular attention paid to co-occurring disorders and vulnerable populations. This research has included studies on pathological gambling, schizophrenia, substance abuse/dependence, the risk of suicide in psychiatric patients, trauma and comorbidity, criminal justice mental health, and the mental health problems experienced by the homeless and by returning Veterans from the Middle East. At the national level, Dr. Hoff regularly advises senior management within the VA Office of Mental Health Operations, the Office of Mental Health services, and other areas of VA Central Office regarding VA performance with respect to mental health services, and the appropriate metrics to evaluate those services nationally. She has also served on several advisory committees to the VA on the mental health needs of female veterans, with particular attention to military sexual trauma. She is currently the Principal Investigator of the Survey of the Experiences of Returning Veterans (SERV) a large VA-funded study of the gender differences in coping behaviors of Veterans returning from military service.

Harlan Krumholz

Harlan Krumholz is a cardiologist and health care researcher at Yale University and Yale-New Haven Hospital. He received a BS from Yale, an MD from Harvard Medical School, and a Masters in Health Policy and Management from the Harvard University School of Public Health. He is the Harold H. Hines, Jr. Professor of Medicine and Director of the Yale Center for Outcomes Research and Evaluation (CORE), one of the nation’s first and most productive research units dedicated to producing innovations to improve patient outcomes and promote better population health. He is also a Director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program, which prepares talented physicians to become future health care leaders.

Dr. Krumholz has been honored by membership in the Institute of Medicine, the Association of American Physicians, and the American Society for Clinical Investigation. He was named a Distinguished Scientist of the American Heart Association. He was elected to the Board of Trustees of the American College of Cardiology and the Board of Directors of the American Board of Internal Medicine, and was appointed by the U.S. government to the Board of Governors of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute. He is a 2014 recipient of the Friendship Award from the People’s Republic of China in recognition of his collaborative efforts to develop a national cardiovascular research network.

Dr. Krumholz is the editor of Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes, and editor of CardioExchange, a social media site of the publisher of the New England Journal of Medicine. He has published more than 800 articles and is the author of two books, one on smoking cessation and another on reducing the risk of heart disease. He has a regular blog on and has contributed to the New York Times Wellness blog, the New York Times op-ed page, and National Public Radio Shots blog.

Kendall Getek

Sarah Englehardt is the Senior Administrative Assistant for the Yale National Clinician Scholars Program, and has been with the program since January 2017. Before joining the NCSP team, she worked in various administrative roles for the previous eleven years. Her experience provides her with a wealth of knowledge in project management, event coordination, and various other administrative tasks and skills.

Susan Whalen

Susan Whalen joined the NCSP in September 2017 as the Program Coordinator. She was previously the Director of Student Affairs and Registrar at the Yale School of Public Health and served for 15 years managing all aspects of student life and curriculum. Previous to that she was the administrative manager in the Department of Internal Medicine serving the sections of Primary Care, Geriatrics and Occupational and Environmental Medicine.