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GIM Research - Cardiovascular Disease


John Steiner, MD, MPH is a principal investigator on a National Heart Blood and Lung Institute (NHLBI)-funded study to develop a partnership between Denver Health (DH), a minority-serving healthcare system, and the University of Colorado Denver (UCD), a research-intensive medical center. The project will develop and evaluate a bilingual, interactive computer-based tool to improve community-based recognition of cardiovascular risk factors and improve self-management skills, including adherence with clinic visits. A randomized clinical trial will also be used to assess the impact of a nurse-based disease management intervention on patients at highest risk and with a history of non-adherence.  Potential pre-clinical markers of CVD (such as carotid IMT) will be assessed in both Latino and white hypertensive patients, to assess their relationship to traditional CVD risk factors; novel inflammatory markers will also be assessed. 

The work of Laurie Shroyer, PhD, a Professor of Medicine at the affiliate Denver Veterans Affairs Medical Center, focuses on improving quality of care in acute coronary syndromes. Among other cardiovascular disease projects, she is a local co-investigator on a VA-funded initiative to assess outcomes following myocardial revascularization, both on and off cardiopulmonary bypass.

Judith Regensteiner, PhD has several NIH, private foundation, and pharmaceutical grants to study the effects of exercise and pharmacologic therapy on endothelial function in type 2 diabetes mellitus, the prevention of coronary artery disease, and quality of life and the treatment of peripheral artery disease.

Thomas MacKenzie, MD studies cardiovascular risk assessment and modification in ambulatory care practices.

Suzanne Brandenburg, MD, along with Amy Huebschmann, MD, are working with Dr. Regensteiner on investigations in cardiovascular risk modification among women with type 2 diabetes and exercise impairment in type 2 diabetes.

Karen Chacko, MD, focuses on non-invasive cardiovascular testing.

David Bekelman, MD, MPH is the Director of the Supportive Care Program, an outpatient palliative care program in the University of Colorado Heart Center.  His research focus is to develop services to improve the quality of life for people with heart conditions and their family caregivers.  He is currently funded to conduct interviews and focus groups among people with heart failure and their families to develop this type of service.