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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.

For more information on internship and post-doc fellowship opportunities in our department, please refer to the Internship and Post-Doc Fellowship Opportunities below. 

Our Team

Giovanni Filardo, PhD, MPH

Director of Epidemiology

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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All of Us

Since 2017, the Epidemiology Department has been leading BSWH’s participation (with Dr. Filardo as the BSWH PI) in the All of Us Research Program as a member of the Trans-America Consortium – a collaborative of 5 integrated delivery networks that span 7 states. 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 6,016 participants in the All of Us Research Program at BSWH.

If you are interested in participating in the All of Us Research Program or want more information, visit us online. 

Research Projects and Grants

The Epidemiology Department is currently leading/working on ~60 research projects (the majority involving multiple sites), including 3 randomized trials.

  • 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).

For a comprehensive overview of our current and past projects and grants, please refer to the list below.

Ongoing Research Support

2018 - 2023: NIH All of Us Research Program
2016 - 2019: Cardiovascular Research Review Committee
2016 - 2018: NIH All of Us Research Program
2016 - 2018: Cardiovascular Research Review Committee
2015 - 2017: Cardiovascular Research Review Committee
2015 - 2017: Cardiovascular Research Review Committee
6/1/14 - 5/30/19: Baylor Foundation and Baylor Heart and Vascular Institute
4/1/14 - 6/31/21: Gilead Sciences
2014 - 2016: Cardiovascular Research Review Committee
2014 - 2016: Cardiovascular Research Review Committee
2014 - 2016: Cardiovascular Research Review Committee
2014 - 2016: Cardiovascular Research Review Committee
2014 - 2016: Cardiovascular Research Review Committee
11/5/13 - 11/4/19: Baylor Foundation and Baylor Heart and Vascular Institute
11/5/13 - 11/4/19: Baylor Foundation and Baylor Heart and Vascular Institute
10/1/13 - 9/30/19: Baylor Foundation and Baylor Heart and Vascular Institute
4/1/13 - 3/31/21: NIH / National Heart Lung Blood Institute (UM-HL117922)
2013 - 2016: Cardiovascular Research Review Committee
2013 - 2016: Cardiovascular Research Review Committee
6/1/12 - 5/31/19: Discovery Foundation
9/5/11 - 4/30/19: NIH / National Heart Lung Blood Institute (R01HL103683)
6/1/11 - 5/30/19: Baylor Foundation and Baylor Heart and Vascular Institute
5/1/10 - 6/30/19: Baylor Foundation and Baylor Heart and Vascular Institute
5/1/09 - 6/30/19: Baylor Foundation and Baylor Heart and Vascular Institute
5/1/08 - 4/30/19: Baylor Foundation and Baylor Heart and Vascular Institute
5/1/08 - 4/30/17: Baylor Foundation and Baylor Heart and Vascular Institute
2006 - 2022: Baylor Foundation and Baylor Heart and Vascular Institute

Completed Research

2014 - 2015: Cardiovascular Research Review Committee
2010 - 2013: NIH/AHRQ (R01HS018576)
2009 - 2013: Merck Foundation
2009 - 2010: Baylor Foundation and Baylor Heart and Vascular Institute
2007 - 2011: Baylor Foundation and Baylor Heart and Vascular Institute
2006 - 2007: NIH / AHRQ (1R13HS16493-01)
2004 - 2007: NIH / AHRQ (1UC1HS015431-01)

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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