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Dan Berlowitz

Dan Berlowitz, MD MPHChair, Professor, Co-Director - CHORDS
  • College
    Zuckerberg College of Health Sciences
  • Department
    Public Health
  • Phone
    (978) 934-4532
  • Office
    O'Leary Library - 5th Floor
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Research Interests

Health services research; Quality of medical care; Use of big data.

My research interests center on assessing and improving the quality of medical care with a particular focus on ambulatory and long-term care settings. Work has examined a variety of clinical conditions with much of the emphasis being on two diseases, hypertension and pressure injuries. While my research has relied on a variety of different data sources, I have particular expertise in the use of large databases and how they can be used to inform healthcare decisions.


  • BA, Johns Hopkins University - Baltimore, Maryland
  • MD: Doctor of Medicine, Albert Einstein College of Medicine - The Bronx, New York City,
  • MPH, Boston University - Boston, Massachusetts


Dan Berlowitz, the chair of the Department of Public Health, has decades of experience as a physician, researcher, educator and administrator while serving at the Department of Veterans Affairs. His research interests center on assessing and improving the quality of medical care in ambulatory and long-term care settings. With strong methodological expertise in the areas of quality assessment, risk adjustment and the use of large databases, his research findings have led to improvements in uncontrolled hypertension and pressure injuries. A prolific author with more than 220 publications, Dr. Berlowitz’s most recent article in the Journal of the American Geriatrics concluded that intensive blood pressure therapy is not associated with fear of falling among older hypertension patients.

Selected Publications

  • Foy, C.G., Newman, J.C., Berlowitz, D., Russell, L.P., Kimmel, P.L., Wadley, V.G., Thomas, H.N., Lerner, A.J., Riley, W.T., Group, S.S., others, . (2019). Blood pressure, sexual activity, and erectile function in hypertensive men: baseline findings from the Systolic Blood Pressure Intervention Trial (SPRINT). The journal of sexual medicine, 16(2) 235--247.
  • Hull, L.E., Chanfreau-Coffinier, C., Tuteja, S., Berlowitz, D., Lehmann, L.S., Oslin, D.W., Pyne, J.M., DuVall, S.L., Lynch, J.A. (2019). Early adoption of pharmacogenetic testing for veterans prescribed psychotropic medications. Pharmacogenomics, 20(11) 781--789.
  • Jasuja, G.K., Ameli, O., Reisman, J.I., Rose, A.J., Miller, D.R., Berlowitz, D., Bhasin, S. (2019). Health Outcomes Among Long-term Opioid Users With Testosterone Prescription in the Veterans Health Administration. JAMA Network Open, 2(12).
  • Berlowitz, D., Foy, C., Conroy, M., Evans, G.W., Olney, C.M., Pisoni, R., Powell, J.R., Gure, T.R., Shorr, R.I. (2019). Impact of Intensive Blood Pressure Therapy on Concern about Falling: Longitudinal Results from the Systolic Blood Pressure Intervention Trial (SPRINT). Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.
  • Pajewski, N.M., Berlowitz, D., Bress, A.P., Callahan, K.E., Cheung, A.K., Fine, L.J., Gaussoin, S.A., Johnson, K.C., King, J., Kitzman, D.W., others, . (2019). Intensive vs Standard Blood Pressure Control in Adults 80 Years or Older: A Secondary Analysis of the Systolic Blood Pressure Intervention Trial. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.
  • Kottner, J., Cuddigan, J., Carville, K., Balzer, K., Berlowitz, D., Law, S., Litchford, M., Mitchell, P., Moore, Z., Pittman, J., others, . (2019). Prevention and treatment of pressure ulcers/injuries: The protocol for the second update of the international Clinical Practice Guideline 2019. Journal of tissue viability, 28(2) 51--58.
  • Berlowitz, D. (2018). Clinical inertia and the 2017 ACA/AHA guideline. The Journal of Clinical Hypertension, 20(10) 1392--1394.
  • Hartmann, C.W., Mills, W.L., Pimentel, C.B., Palmer, J.A., Allen, R.S., Zhao, S., Wewiorski, N.J., Sullivan, J.L., Dillon, K., Clark, V., others, . (2018). Impact of Intervention to Improve Nursing Home Resident--Staff Interactions and Engagement. The Gerontologist, 58(4) e291--e301.
  • Jasuja, G., Ameli, O., Miller, D., Land, T., Bernson, D., Rose, A., Berlowitz, D., Smelson, D. (2018). Overdose risk for veterans receiving opioids from multiple sources. The American journal of managed care, 24(11) 536--540.
  • Jasuja, G.K., Bhasin, S., Rose, A.J., Reisman, J.I., Skolnik, A., Berlowitz, D., Gifford, A.L. (2018). Use of testosterone in men infected with human immunodeficiency virus in the veterans healthcare system. AIDS care, 30(10) 1207--1214.

Selected Contracts, Fellowships, Grants and Sponsored Research

  • Improving safety and quality through evidence-based de-implementation of ineffective diagnostics and therapeutics (2015), Grant - Department of Veterans Affairs; QUERI
    Berlowitz, D.
  • Developing a Roadmap for Best Practices in CLC Resident-Centered Care (2015), Grant -
    Berlowitz, D. (Co-Investigator)
  • Safety climate in CLCs: variation, predictors, and impact on resident outcomes (2016), Grant - Department of Veterans Affairs; HSR&D
    Berlowitz, D. (Co-Investigator)
  • Developing and Implementing a Toolkit for Measuring CLC Cultural Transformation (2013), Grant - Department of Veterans Affairs; HSR&D
    Berlowitz, D. (Co-Investigator)
  • Veterans Affairs Older Adult Safety in Surgery (2013), Grant - Department of Veterans Affairs; HSR&D
    Berlowitz, D. (Principal)