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Amber E. Barnato, MD, MPH, MS

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Associate Professor of Medicine

Associate Professor of Clinical and Translational Science

Director, Clinical Scientist Training Program

Director, Section of Decision Sciences

Director, Training Early Academic Mentors Program

Office: 230 McKee Place
Suite 600
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
 
Phone: 412-692-4875
Fax:
E-mail: aeb2@pitt.edu

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

Area of Specialization/Research Interest  
End-of-Life Care
Social Determinants of Health
Technology Adoption and Utilization
Quantitative Policy and Decision Analysis
Reimbursement Policy and Cost-Containment
Practice Pattern Variation and Physician Behavior
 

Profile
Amber Barnato, MD, MPH, MS, joined the faculty in 2001 after completing a residency in preventive medicine and a fellowship in health care research and health policy. She teaches in the master of science (MS) program in clinical research and administers the dual MD/MS program in the School of Medicine. 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 disparities in end-of-life and other health services utilization. Dr. Barnato is heavily involved in mentoring and advising graduate and medical students. She directs the Training Early Academic Mentors (TEAM) Program within the Institute for Clinical Research Education (ICRE) and has been recognized for her outstanding mentorship with the Distinguished Mentor Award from the ICRE.

Recent Grants
Title: Novel Approaches to Profiling Hospitals on Critical Illness Mortality
Role: Co-Investigator
Amount:
Funding Agency: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
Start Year: 2015
End Year: 2018
Title: Identifying Optimal Care Structures and Processes in Long Term Acute Care Hospitals
Role: Co-Investigator
Amount: $2,343,315
Funding Agency: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
Start Year: 2015
End Year: 2020
Title: Organizational Determinants of ICU Telemedicine Effectiveness
Role: Co-Investigator
Amount: $2,272,813
Funding Agency: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
Start Year: 2014
End Year: 2018
Title: Technology Diffusion, Health Outcomes, and Healthcare Expenditures
Role: Co-Investigator
Amount: $4,154,850
Funding Agency: National Institute for Aging
Start Year: 2014
End Year: 2018
Title: UPMC Master Clinicians Center for Medical Decision Making
Role: Co-Investigator
Amount: $500,000
Funding Agency: Hearst Foundation
Start Year: 2013
End Year: 2016
Title: Consumer-Directed Financial Incentives to Increase Advance Care Planning among Medi-Cal Beneficiaries
Role: Principal Investigator
Amount: $224,000
Funding Agency: Donaghue Foundation and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Start Year: 2013
End Year: 2015
Title: University of Pittsburgh Clinical and Translational Science Institute, Core C: Research Education
Role: Co-Investigator
Amount: $7,200,000
Funding Agency: National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences
Start Year: 2008
End Year: 2016

Recent Peer-Reviewed Publications
Title: Caring for the Seriously Ill: Cost and Public Policy
Author(s): TM Pope, RM Arnold, AE Barnato
Year: 2011
Journal: J Law Med Ethics
Volume: 39(2)
Page(s): 111-113
Title: Are the American College of Surgeons’ guidelines for the transfer of trauma patients feasible?
Author(s): D Mohan, MR Rosengart, C Farris, E Cohen, DC Angus, AE Barnato
Year: 2011
Journal: Arch Surg
Volume: Epub ahead of print
Page(s):
Title: A randomized trial of the effect of patient race on physician ICU and life-sustaining treatment decisions for an acutely unstable elder with end-stage cancer
Author(s): AE Barnato, D Mohan, J Downs, CL Bryce, DC Angus, RM Arnold
Year: 2011
Journal: Crit Care Med
Volume: Epub ahead of print
Page(s):
Title: Disability among elderly survivors of mechanical ventilation
Author(s): AE Barnato, SM Albert, DC Angus, JR Lave, HB Degenholtz
Year: 2011
Journal: Am J Respir Crit Care Med
Volume: 183
Page(s): 1037-1042
Title: The intensity and variation of surgical care at the end of life: a retrospective cohort study
Author(s): AC Kwok, ME Semel, SR Lipsitz, AM Bader, AE Barnato, AA Gawandre, AK Jha
Year: 2011
Journal: Lancet
Volume: 278(9800)
Page(s): 1408-1413
Title: The ethical implications of health spending: death and other expensive conditions. J Law Med Ethics
Author(s): D Crippen, AE Barnato
Year: 2011
Journal: J Law Med Ethics
Volume: 39(2)
Page(s): 121-129
Title: The effect of insurance status on mortality and procedure use in critically ill patients: an object lesson in financial incentives
Author(s): AE Barnato
Year: 2011
Journal: Am J Respir Crit Care Med
Volume: 184(7)
Page(s): 750-751
Title: Physician follow-up visits after acute care hospitalization among elderly Medicare beneficiaries discharged to non-institutional settings
Author(s): CY Lin, AE Barnato, HB Degenholtz
Year: 2011
Journal: J Am Geriatr Soc
Volume: 59(10)
Page(s): 1947-1954
Title: Infection Rate and Acute Organ Dysfunction Risk as Explanations for Racial Differences in Severe Sepsis
Author(s): FB Mayer, S Yende, WT Linde-Zwirble, OM Peck-Palmer, AE Barnato, LA Weisenfeld, DC Angus
Year: 2010
Journal: JAMA
Volume: 303(24)
Page(s): 2495-2503
Title: Communication practices in physician decision making for an unstable critically ill patient with end-stage cancer
Author(s): D Mohan, SC Alexander, SL Kennifer, RM Arnold, AE Barnato
Year: 2010
Journal: J Palliat Med
Volume: 13 (8)
Page(s): 949-956
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