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Epidemiology

Developing and executing epidemiologic and comparative effectiveness research studies and programs to describe and improve patient management, outcomes and precision medicine

The Epidemiology Department at Baylor Scott & White Health contributes to the evidence base from which best practices can be identified and implemented and seeks external funding and collaboration with outside centers and data sources for epidemiologic research requiring larger or broader study populations than can be accessed.

The group's emphasis is on the patterns of care and outcomes of patients with cardiovascular disease. The group is experienced in study design, data collection, data management and analysis and manuscript preparation.

The Epidemiology Department is led by Giovanni Filardo, PhD, MPH. Dr. Filardo received his PhD in Epidemiology with a concentration in cardiovascular disease from Yale University and has worked with several world leaders in cardiology and epidemiology. He has published extensively in peer-reviewed journals in the fields of cardiology, cardiothoracic surgery and epidemiology.

Research Projects and Grants

Since 2017, the Epidemiology Department has been leading Baylor Scott & White's participation in the All of Us Research Program as a member of the Trans-America Consortium—a collaborative of five integrated delivery networks that span seven states. Giovanni Filardo, PhD, MPH, has served as the PI for Baylor Scott & White.

The All of Us Research Program is a historic effort to gather data from one million or more people living in the United States to accelerate research and improve health. By taking into account individual differences in lifestyle, environment, and biology, researchers will uncover paths toward delivering precision medicine.

As of this week, we have enrolled 8,017 participants in the All of Us Research Program at Baylor Scott & White.

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  • In 2014, the Epidemiology Department received a 2-year $500,000 grant from Gilead Sciences, Inc., to investigate Ranolazine’s potential to prevent short- and long-term re-hospitalizations after cardiac catheterization/percutaneous coronary intervention, and the associated impact on costs of care.
  • As of 2013, Dr. Filardo is also a co-investigator on the NHLBI–funded Baylor Core Clinic Center for the Cardiothoracic Surgical Network (CTSN), which seeks to establish a cooperative network of cardiac surgery programs to promulgate the use of evidence-based medicine in surgical practice.
  • In 2011, the Epidemiology Department received a 3-year, $2.3 million grant from NIH / National Heart Lung Blood Institute for the study Post-CABG Atrial Fibrillation (1R01HL103683).
  • In 2010, the Epidemiology Department received a 3-year, $700,000 grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality for the study Large Population-based Study of Surgery for Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms (R01HS018576).

In addition to federally-funded studies, the Epidemiology Department is currently leading/working on ~60 research projects (the majority involving multiple sites), including three randomized trials.

Our Staff

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Giovanni Filardo, PhD, MPH

Director, Office of the Chief Quality Officer

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Teresa Phan, MS, MS

Manager of Epidemiology & Effectiveness

James Edgerton, MD, FACC, FACS, FHRS

Cardiovascular Researcher

Internship and Post-Doc Fellowship Opportunities

The Epidemiology Department at Baylor Scott & White Health has established both an internship and a fellowship program devoted to training future researchers and clinicians in research methods.

As of summer 2017, we have had 51 participants in the Epidemiology Internship and Fellowship programs. Of those who have completed the program, 51 percent have gone on to medical school, PhD school, nursing school, or grad school at some of the most prestigious schools in the nation: Yale, Stanford, Columbia, Tulane, etc. Another 20 percent of interns went on to full time jobs in the health care industry, some within Baylor Scott & White Health. Another 20 percent of interns went on to full time positions in other industries.

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Contact Us

Teresa Phan, MS
Manager of Epidemiology & Effectiveness
Teresa.Phan@BSWHealth.org

Department of Epidemiology and Effectiveness
Office of the Chief Quality Officer
Baylor Scott & White Health
8080 N. Central Expressway
Suite 900, LB 77
Dallas, TX 75206

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