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Gaurav Dave, MD, DrPH, MPH

Associate Professor, Division of General Medicine and Clinical Epidemiology

Specialty Areas: Hypertension, cardiovascular diseases, evaluation, implementation science, systems science, health disparities

Chronology: HSC: University of Mumbai, India 1997; MBBS (MD): University of Pune, India, 2002; E.R. Physician: Mumbai, India; 2003-2004; MPH: University of North Carolina, 2006; Lecturer: University of North Carolina, 2006-2011; Research Coordinator: University of North Carolina, 2007-2008; Associate Evaluator: University of North Carolina, 2007-2009; DrPH: University of North Carolina, 2011; Principal Evaluator: University of North Carolina, 2009-2012; Research Analyst: University of North Carolina, 2010-2012; Evaluation Chair: Southeast Regional Genetics Network, Emory University, 2011-present; Director of Community Engagement Core, North Carolina Translational and Clinical Science Institute, University of North Carolina, 2012-2014; 2014-present; Assistant Professor: University of North Carolina, 2014-present; Co-Director, Systems Science and Evaluation Lab, Center for Health Equity Research, University of North Carolina, 2014-present; Director of Evaluation, Center for Health Equity Research, University of North Carolina, 2014-present; Director of Evaluation, North Carolina Translational and Clinical Science Institute, University of North Carolina, Associate Director: Center for Health Equity Research, University of North Carolina, 2017-present.

Dr. Dave is an Assistant Professor in the School of Medicine and the Associate Director of the Center for Health Equity Research at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC). Dr. Dave is an expert in the field of formative and summative evaluation research, specializing in evaluating multi-level, complex initiatives, programs and interventions. He has over 15 years of clinical and public health practice and evaluation experience. The overall goal of his research is to engage diverse stakeholders from academic institutions, healthcare systems, and the community to address health disparities related to chronic diseases, specifically cardiovascular disease. The goals of my longitudinal research trajectory are threefold: (1) Build a strong foundation for participatory evaluation and collaborative cardiovascular disease research at our institution; (2) Foster the development and dissemination of innovative evaluation methods, tools and research approaches that address the health priorities of our state and nation and; (3) Provide mentorship, training, and experiential learning to undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate students by providing opportunities to engage in research projects. His area of research focuses primarily on hypertension and chronic diseases, integrating systems thinking in evaluation research. He is the Director of Evaluation of the NIH-funded North Carolina Translational and Clinical Sciences Institute (TraCS) at UNC, which aims at to accelerate clinical and translational research from health science to discovery to dissemination to patients and communities. He also co-directs the Systems Science and Evaluation Lab at UNC to foster the integration systems thinking and evaluation in biomedical, clinical and public health research. He also serves as the Evaluation chair for HRSA’s Southeast Regional Genetics Network at Emory University to improve health equity and health outcomes in individuals with genetic conditions, reduce morbidity and mortality caused by genetic conditions As the principal evaluator and investigator, Dr. Dave has worked on various federally and foundation-funded projects all over the U.S., including the Newborn Screening and Sickle Cell Disease Program, Heart Matters and Community Initiative to Eliminate Stroke. Dr. Dave has a medical degree from the University of Pune, India and worked as an emergency room physician in Mumbai, before coming to the U.S. in 2004. He attended the UNC at Greensboro and completed a Masters and a Doctorate in Public Health in 2006 and 2011 respectively, with a concentration in public health, community-based prevention research and evaluation. Dr. Dave’s research interests include evaluation, systems science, and methods research to reduce disparities associated with chronic diseases and hypertension.

Selected Bibliography:
Dave G, Frerich L, Schaal J, Vassar S, Varma D, Striley C, Ruktanonchai C, Black A, Hankins J, Lovelady N, Cene C, Green M, Young T, Tiwari S, Cheney A, Cottler L, Sullivan G, Brown A, Burke J, Corbie-Smith G. Conceptualizing trust in community-academic research partnerships using concept mapping approach: a multi-CTSA study. Evaluation Program Planning. 2018;66:70-78.

Dave G, Ritchwood TD, Young T, Isler MR, Black A, Akers A, Gizlice Z, Blumenthal C, Atley L, Wynn M, Stith D, Cene CW, Ellis D, Corbie-Smith G. Evaluating Teach One Reach One – A Risk Reduction Intervention to Enhance Adult-Youth Communication about Sex and Reduce the Burden of HIV/STI. American Journal of Health Promotion. 2017;31(6):465-475.

Frerichs L, Kim M, Dave G, Cheney A, Hasmiller Lich K, Jones J, Young T, Cene CW, Varma D, Schaal J, Black A, Striley C, Vassar S, Sullivan G, Cottler L, Brown A, Burke J, Corbie-Smith G. Stakeholder perspectives on creating and maintaining trust in community-academic research partnerships. Health Education and Behavior. 2017;44(1):182-191.

Ritchwood TD, Dave G, Carthron DL, Isler MR, Blumenthal C, Wynn M, Odulana A, Lin FC, Akers AY, Corbie-Smith G. Adolescents and parental caregivers as lay health advisers in a community-based risk reduction intervention for youth: baseline data from Teach One, Reach One. AIDS Care. 2016;28(4):537-42. PMID: 26573538. PMCID: PMC4764414. DOI: 10.1080/09540121.2015.1112348.

Frerichs L, Hassmiller Lich K, Dave G, Corbie-Smith G. Integrating systems science and community based participatory research – an approach to achieve health equity. American Journal of Public Health. 2016;106(2):215-22.

Cathorall ML, Xin H, Aronson R, Peachey A, Bibeau DL, Schulz M, and Dave G. The Influence of Neighborhood Poverty on Blood Glucose Levels: Findings from the Community Initiative to Eliminate Stroke (CITIES) program. Health Culture and Society. 2015;8(2):87-96.

Romelczyk S, Homan S, Telfair J, Dave G, Keehn A, Maiese D, NCC Evaluation Workgroup. Healthcare Coordination and Transition for Individuals with Genetic Conditions. Maternal and Child Health Journal. 2015 Oct;19(10):2215-22.

Dave G., Bibeau DL, Schulz MR, Aronson RE, Ivanov LL, Black A, Spann L. Predictors of Congruency between Self-Reported Hypertension Status and Measured Blood Pressure in the Stroke Belt. Journal of American Society of Hypertension. 2013 Sep-Oct;7(5):370-8.

Dave G, Bibeau DL, Schulz MR, Aronson RE, Ivanov LL, Black A, Spann L. Predictors of Uncontrolled Hypertension in the Stroke Belt. Journal of Clinical Hypertension. 2013 Aug;15(8):562-9.

Powell KP, Christianson CA, Hahn SE, Dave G, Evans LR, Blanton SH, Hauser E, Agbaje A, Orlando L, Ginsburg GS, Henrich VC. Collection of family health history for assessment of chronic disease risk in primary care. North Carolina Medical Journal. 2013 Jul-Aug;74(4):279-86.

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