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photo Amber E. Barnato, MD, MPH, MS

Associate Professor of Clinical and Translational Science

Associate Professor of Health Policy and Management

Director, Section of Decision Sciences

Co-Director, University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University Joint Program on Medical Decision Making in Life-threatening Illness

Email: aeb2@pitt.edu

Phone: 412-692-4875

Contact
Office: 230 McKee Place
Suite 600
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
 
Phone: 412-692-4875
Fax:
E-mail: aeb2@pitt.edu
Administrative Assistant:
Annamarie Turner
Address: 230 McKee Place
Suite 600
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Email: turnax@upmc.edu
Phone: 412-692-2659
Education and Training
Education
MD, Harvard Medical School, 1994
MPH, University of California at Berkeley, 1997
MS, Stanford University, 2001
Training
Residency, General Preventive Medicine and Public Health, California Department of Health Care Services, 1998
Fellowship, Health Care Research and Policy, Stanford University School of Medicine, 2001
Research Interest
Dr. Barnato's research focuses on the provider and organizational determinants of variation in Medicare beneficiaries' use of intensive care services at the end of life and on racial and socioeconomic disparities in end-of-life health services use.
Clinical Interest
Dr. Barnato is a board-certified public health and preventive medicine physician. She does not have an outpatient or inpatient clinical practice. Her population health interests include community-based advance care planning, policy initiatives to cover social needs to meet health and medical goals, and allocation inefficiency of spending on health care over spending on education for achieving population health goals.
Educational Interest
Dr. Barnato teaches medical interviewing and advanced medical interviewing in the first professional medical curriculum and medical writing and presentation skills in the graduate school curriculum in clinical and translational science. Additionally, she is heavily involved in mentoring and advising pre- and post-doctoral trainees and junior faculty. She has been recognized for her outstanding mentorship with the Distinguished Mentor Award from the Institute for Clinical Research Education.
Publications
For my complete bibliography, Click Here.
Selected Publications:
Barnato, AE, Tate, JA, Rodriguez, KL, Zickmund, SL, Arnold, RM. Norms of decision making in the ICU: A case study of two academic medical centers at the extremes of end-of-life treatment intensity. Intensive Care Medicine. 2012; 38: 1886-96.
Barnato, AE, Mohan, D, Lane, RK, Huang, YM, Angus, DC, Farris, C, Arnold, RM. Advance care planning norms may contribute to hospital variation in end-of-life ICU use. Medical Decision Making. 2014; 34(4): 473-84.
AE Barnato, SM Albert, DC Angus, JR Lave, HB Degenholtz. Disability among elderly survivors of mechanical ventilation. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2011; 183: 1037-1042.
Barnato, AE, Lucas, FL, Staiger, D, Wennberg, D, Chandra, A. Hospital-Level Racial Disparities in Acute Myocardial Infarction Treatment and Outcomes. Medical Care. 2005; 43(4): 308-319.
Angus DC, Barnato AE, Linde-Zwirble WT, Weissfeld LA, Watson RS, Rickert T. The use of intensive care at the end of life in the United States: an epidemiologic study. Critical Care Medicine. 2004; 32: 638-643.
Barnato, AE, Berhane, Z, Weissfeld, L, Chang, CC, Linde-Zwirble, WT, Angus, DC. Racial Variation in End-of-Life Intensive Care Use: A Race or Hospital Effect?. Health Services Research. 2006; 41(6): 2219-37.
Barnato, AE, Anthony, DL, Skinner, J, Gallagher, PM, Fisher, ES. Racial and Ethnic Differences in Preference for End-of-Life Treatment. Journal of General Internal Medicine. 2009; 24(6): 695-701.
Barnato, AE, Herndon, B, Anthony, DL, Gallagher, PM, Skinner, J, Bynum, JPW, Fisher, ES. Are Regional Variations in End-of-Life Care Intensity Explained by Patient Preferences?. Medical Care. 2007; 5: 386-393.
Barnato, AE, Chang, CC, Farrell, MH, Lave, JR, Roberts, MS, Angus, DC. Is Survival Better at Hospitals With Higher End-of-Life Treatment Intensity?. Medical Care. 2010; 48: 125-132.
Wunsch, H, Guerra, C, Barnato, AE, Angus DC, Li, G, Linde-Zwirble, WT. Three-Year Outcomes for Medicare Beneficiaries Who Survive Intensive Care. JAMA. 2010; 303(9): 849-856.
Sponsored Research/Activities
Title: A Novel Intervention to Make Heuristics a Source of Power Physicians
Role: Co-Investigator
Funding Agency: National Library of Medicine
Grant Number: DP2 LM012339
Start Year: 2015
End Year: 2020
Title: Novel Approaches to Profiling Hospitals on Critical Illness Mortality
Role: Co-Investigator
Funding Agency: National Heart, Lung, & Blood Institute
Grant Number: R01 HL126694
Start Year: 2015
End Year: 2018
Title: Identifying Optimal Care Structures and Processes in Long Term Acute Hospitals
Role: Co-Investigator
Funding Agency: National Heart, Lung, & Blood Institute
Grant Number: R01 HL096651
Start Year: 2014
End Year: 2018
Title: Organizational Determinants of ICU Telemedicine Effectiveness
Role: Co-Investigator
Funding Agency: National Heart, Lung, & Blood Institute
Grant Number: R01 HL120980
Start Year: 2014
End Year: 2018
Title: Technology Diffusion, Health Outcomes, and Healthcare Expenditures
Role: Co-Investigator
Funding Agency: Dartmouth College/National Institute of Aging
Grant Number: U01 AG046830
Start Year: 2014
End Year: 2016
Title: Consumer-Directed Financial Incentives to Increase ACP Among Medicaid Beneficiaries
Role: Co-Investigator
Funding Agency: The Donaghue Foundation
Start Year: 2013
End Year: 2016
Title: Surrogate Storytelling
Role: Co-Investigator
Funding Agency: National Palliative Care Research Center
Start Year: 2012
End Year: 2014
Title: Protocolized Care for Early Septic Shock (ProCESS) Coordinating Center Administrative Supplement
Role: Co-Investigator
Funding Agency: National Institute of General Medical Science
Grant Number: P50 GM076659
Start Year: 2012
End Year: 2013
Title: University of Pittsburgh Clinical and Translational Science Institute - Research Education Core
Role: Co-Investigator
Funding Agency: National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences
Grant Number: UL1 TR000005
Start Year: 2011
End Year: 2016
Title: Isolating Mechanisms Underlying Hospital Variation in End of Life ICU Use
Role: Principal Investigator
Funding Agency: National Cancer Institute
Grant Number: R21 CA141093
Start Year: 2009
End Year: 2013
Title: The Role of Long Term Acute Care Hospitals in Prolonged Mechanical Ventilation
Role: Co-Investigator
Funding Agency: National Heart, Lung, & Blood Institute
Grant Number: R01 HL096651
Start Year: 2009
End Year: 2013
Title: ICU Triage Decisions for Elders with End Stage Cancer: The Role of Patient Race
Role: Principal Investigator
Funding Agency: National Cancer Institute
Grant Number: R21 CA139264
Start Year: 2009
End Year: 2013
Title: Developing a Robust Measure of Hospital End of Life Intensity
Role: Principal Investigator
Funding Agency: National Institute of Aging
Grant Number: R01 AG035112
Start Year: 2009
End Year: 2013
Notable Achievements
Rising Star Award, American College of Preventive Medicine, 2004
Fellowship, American College of Preventive Medicine, 2005
Trustee, Society for Medical Decision Making, 2009-2013
Member, Committee on Geographic Variation in Health Care Spending and Promotion of High-Value Care, Institute of Medicine, Washington, D.C., 2010-2013
Member, Palliative Care and Symptom Management Peer Review Committee, American Cancer Society, 2010-2015
Member, Editorial Board, Health Services Research, 2012-present
Distinguished Mentor Award, Institute for Clinical Research Education, 2013
Vice President, Society for Medical Decision Making, 2013-2014
Member, Editorial Board, Intensive Care Medicine, 2013-present
Member, Affective and Decisional Processes in Palliative Care Research Network, National Cancer Institute, Rockville, MD, 2016-present