National Clinician Scholars Program

Advancing health through scholarship and action

Yale University

Cary P. Gross, MD
Program Director

Harlan M. Krumholz, MD, SM
Director Emeritus

Rani Hoff, PhD, MPH
VA Liaison

Kendall Getek, MBA
Program Operations Manager

Program Leadership:
Margaret Grey, DrPh, RN, FAAN
Joseph Ross, MD
Marjorie Rosenthal, MD, MPH
Sarwat Chaudhry, MD

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 and Co-Director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical 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. He completed the RWJ Clinical Scholars Program at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in 1999. The over-arching theme of his work is the disconnect between evidence generated from clinical research and the needs of members of patients in the "real-world" setting, outside of clinical trials. He has received NIH-funded grants explore barriers to clinical trial enrollment, the impact of non-cancer illnesses on older persons with cancer, and the dissemination of new cancer screening and treatment modalities into clinical practice. After documenting that older persons are disproportionately excluded from clinical research, Dr. Gross also demonstrated that applying trial results to patients who were above the age limit of trial eligibility was associated with a higher risk of harm. These findings led to work addressing the impact of non-cancer health conditions on quality of care, preferences, and outcomes. Ongoing investigations focus on the comparative effectiveness of different approaches to cancer screening and treatment, and how effectiveness is moderated by age and comorbidity. Bioethics and research integrity are also a major interest for Dr. Gross. His work has focused on issues affecting research integrity, as well as access to research studies and experimental agents.

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 Wellneess blog, the New York Times op-ed page, and National Public Radio Shots blog.

Rani Hoff

Rani A Hoff, PhD, MPH, 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.

Kendall Getek

Kendall Getek, MBA is the Program Administrator for the RWJF Clinical Scholars Program at Yale University. Before joining the Program, she worked in Trauma, Surgical Critical Care, and Surgical Emergencies also at Yale.

Program Leadership

Margaret Grey

Margaret Grey, DrPH, RN, FAAN is the Dean and Annie W. Goodrich Professor at the Yale School of Nursing. Prior to assuming the Deanship on September 1, 2005, she served as Associate Dean for Scholarly Affairs. She was the founding Director of the NIH-funded Center for Self and Family Management and a related pre and post-doctoral training program, as well as the School's doctoral program. Previously she held progressive academic and administrative appointments at the University of Pennsylvania and Columbia University. She holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Pittsburgh, an MSN in pediatric nursing from Yale University, and a Doctorate in Public Health and social psychology from Columbia University.A pediatric nurse practitioner, Dr. Grey's research has focused on improving the lives of youth with type 1 diabetes and preventing type 2 diabetes using innovative web-based programs. She has been instrumental in the development of practice-based research networks in nursing, and serves as Director of the TIII/Translational Research Core for the Yale Center for Clinical Investigation. She has been principal investigator for grants totaling over $25 million.The author of over 220 journal articles, chapters, and abstracts, she has received numerous regional and national honors for her research. She was elected to the Institute of Medicine in 2005, and she was named the Outstanding Nurse Scientist by the American Academy of Nursing in 2008. She has served on multiple NIH and AHRQ review panels, and she was the chairperson of the Nursing Science Review Committee for the National Institute of Nursing Research from 1995-1997. She was President of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Associates and Practitioners, a member of the second cohort of Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellows, and a member of the National Advisory Council for Nursing Research at the National Institutes of Health. She was also a member of the Board of Directors of the American Diabetes Association where she has been instrumental in developing standards of behavioral care for youth with diabetes.

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.

Marjorie Rosenthal

Marjorie Rosenthal 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 Research Scientist 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.

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.