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Elizabeth H. Bradley PhD

Professor of Public Health (Health Policy) and of Faculty of Arts and Sciences; Director, Yale Global Health Initiative; Faculty Director, Global Health Leadership Institute; Master, Branford College, Yale College

Research Interests

Global health; Implementation science; Hospice care; Cardiovascular disease and quality of care; Management research

Current Projects

  • Diffusion of Hospital Strategies to Improve Care for Heart Attack
  • Ethiopian Health Extension Platform Evaluation and Planning
  • Improving the Transition from Acute to Palliative Care and Hospice

Research Summary

Professor Bradley’s work in the U.S. focuses on the quality of hospital care for patients with heart attacks s, as well as the use and quality of hospice services. Bradley also is involved in several projects in international settings, including ones in Ethiopia, Liberia, South Africa, and the United Kingdom, which focus on strengthening health systems.

Extensive Research Description

Elizabeth Bradley is the director of the Yale Global Health Initiative and faculty director of the Global Health Leadership Institute at Yale, and professor of public health the Yale School of

Public Health. Her research focuses on health delivery systems and quality improvement and has contributed important findings about organizational change and quality of care within the hospital, nursing home and hospice settings. She has been involved with several projects regarding health systems strengthening in international settings, including China, Ethiopia, Liberia, South Africa and the United Kingdom.

Dr. Bradley recently co-authored The American Health Care Paradox: Why Spending More is Getting Us Less. The book examines spending patterns of health care and. social services in the United States and compared the results with other countries that focus more on social services but have better quality of life as whole communities.

The recipient of a Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation grant, Dr. Bradley has led the development of a framework of diffusion, dissemination, and widespread take up of family health innovations. Findings from this research can be integrated into future strategy development and large-scale implementation efforts undertaken by the Gates Foundation and the wider global health community. She also works with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Clinton Health Access Initiative on the Ethiopian Hospital Management Initiative. This work focuses on building management capacity in the country to improve quality of care throughout the country. Dr. Bradley and colleagues initiated the first Masters of Hospital and Healthcare Management on the African continent and currently works with several universities overseas in education and research programs.

Dr. Bradley is a graduate of Harvard University, has an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago and a Ph.D. in health economics and health policy from Yale University. She has received numerous honors and awards during her career, including being a three-time recipient of the Teacher of the Year award by the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health at Yale; recipient of the John D. Thompson Young Investigator Award, and the Investigator Award by the Donaghue Medical Research Foundation. She served as a fellow with the Gerontological Society of America and is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives. She has been an author of more than more than 250peer-reviewed publications and three books. Previously, she was director of the health management program and co-director of the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program at Yale. She also served as hospital administrator at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Bradley has participated in the World Economic Forum and was selected facilitator for the strategic planning retreat for the Board of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.


Selected Publications

  • Bradley EH, Curry L. Taylor L, Pallas SW, Talbert-Slagle K, Yuan C, Fox A, Minhas D, Ciccone DK, Berg D, Pérez-Escamilla R. A model for scale up of family health innovations in low-and middle-income settings: A mixed methods study. BMJ Open 2: e000987 doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2012-000987, 2012
  • Bradley EH, Curry LA. Spatz ES, Herrin J, Cherlin EJ, Curtis J, Thompson JW, Ting HH, Wang Y, Krumholz HM. Hospital strategies for reducing risk-standardized mortality rates in acute myocardial infarction. Annals of Internal Medicine 156:618-626, 2012
  • Bradley, E.H., Nembhard, I.M., Yuan, C.T., Stern, A.F., Curtis, J.P., Nallamothu, B.K., Krumholz, H.M. What is the experience of national quality campaigns? Views from the field. Health Services Research 45: 1651-1669. 2010.
  • Bradley, E.H., Curry, L.A., Ramanadhan, S., Rowe, L. Krumholz, H.M. Research in Action: Using Positive Deviance to Improve Quality of Health Care. Implementation Science 4:25, 2009.
  • Bradley E.H., Hartwig K.A., Rowe L., Cherlin E.J., Pashman J., Wong R., Dentry T., Abebe Y. Hospital Quality Improvement in Ethiopia: A Partnership-Mentoring Model. International Journal for Quality in Health Care 20: 392-399, 2008.
  • Bradley E.H., Curry L.A., Devers K. Qualitative data analysis for health services research: Developing taxonomy, themes and theory. Health Services Research 2007 42:1758-1772.
  • Bradley, E.H., Herrin, J., Elbel, B., McNamara, R.L., Magid, D.J., Nallamothu, B.K., Wang, Y., Normand, S.L., Spertus, J.A., Blaney, M., and Krumholz, H.M. Hospital Quality for Acute Myocardial Infarction: Correlation Among Process Measures and Relationship with Short-term Mortality. Journal of the American Medical Association 296: 72-78, 2006.
  • Bradley, E.H., Herrin, J., Wang, Y., Barton, B.A., Webster, T.R., Mattera, J.A., Roumanis, S.A., Curtis, J.P., Nallamothu, B.K., Magid, D.J., McNamara, R.L., Parkosewich, J., Loeb, J., and Krumholz, H.M. Strategies for Reducing the Door-to-Balloon Time in Acute Myocardial Infarction. New England Journal of Medicine 355: 2308-2320, 2006.
  • Bradley, E.H., Herrin, J., Wang, Y., McNamara, R., Webster, T., Magid, D., Blaney, M., Peterson, E., Canto, J., Pollack, C., and Krumholz, H.M. for the NRMI Investigators. Racial and Ethnic Differences in Time to Acute Reperfusion Therapy for Patients Hospitalized With Myocardial Infarction. Journal of American Medical Association 292: 1563-1572, 2004.
  • Curry, L.A., Spatz, E., Cherlin, E., Thompson, J., Berg, D., Ting, H., Decker, C., Krumholz, H.M., Bradley, E.H. Improving Hospital Performance in 30-Day Risk Standardized Mortality: The Role of Organizational Practices and Context. Annals of Internal Medicine 154: 384-390, 2011.

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