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Linda S. Williams, MD

Professor of Neurology, Indiana University School of Medicine
Research Scientist, Indiana University Center for Health Services and Outcomes Research
Research Scientist, William M. Tierney Center for Health Services Research, Regenstrief Institute, Inc.
Core Investigator, VA HSR&D Center for Health Information and Communication
Staff Physician, Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center
Co-Principal Investigator, VA HSR&D Precision Monitoring to Transform Care Quality Enhancement Research Initiative (PRIS-M QUERI)

     Dr. Williams is Professor of Neurology in the Indiana University School of Medicine and a Staff Physician in the Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center, where she served as Chief of Neurology from 2005 to 2009. As a neurology health services researcher in the IU Center for Health Services and Outcomes Research and Regenstrief Institute's William M. Tierney Center for Health Services Research, she is working to implement evidence to improve stroke care and outcomes. Her primary research interests are developing quality of life measurement methods, evaluating the relationship between post-stroke depression and quality of life, and in using quality of life assessment at the point of care to improve stroke outcomes and process of care.

 

     Dr. Williams is the co-PI of the VA Precision Monitoring to Transform Care Quality Enhancement Research Initiative (PRIS-M QUERI) – a VA research program whose mission is implement and evaluate electronic clinical quality measures and decision support tools at point of care. The PRIS-M QUERI addresses important implementation questions about how best to use data to activate providers, healthcare teams, and Veterans to improve healthcare delivery and outcomes. Dr. Williams is committed both as a researcher and as a clinician to improving the quality of care for veterans with stroke, and to advancing the science of implementation by testing implementation intervention strategies in real world settings. She has served on guidelines development committees for the American Heart Association (AHA) and American Academy of Neurology (AAN) and on the AHA Cerebrovascular Quality of Care and Outcomes Group.

Dr. Williams is board certified in neurology with special expertise in the areas of brain ischemia, cerebrovascular disorders, cognition disorders, dementia-related behavioral disorders, epilepsy, seizure disorders, and stroke. She is a staff physician at Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center.

CLINICAL INTERESTS

  Cerebrovascular disease; Research outcomes

 

HOSPITALS & AFFILIATIONS

Hospital Privileges:  
     Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center  

 

EDUCATION

School of Medicine      Indiana University School of Medicine
Residency      University of Rochester
Fellowship      Indiana University School of Medicine

Active Projects

VA QUERI (2016-2021)

“Precision-monitoring Quality Enhancement Research Initiative (PRIS-M-QUERI) (Co-PI)

To use the VHA electronic health record data to implement precision monitoring to improve the quality and outcomes of care for Veterans.

 

VA QUERI  (2013-2017)

"Stroke VA Quality Enhancement Research Initiative (QUERI)" (PI)     

The program accomplishes its mission by engaging a network of local and national collaborators to secure VA HSR&D and other competitive grants to develop, implement, and evaluate interventions to improve VA stroke care nationwide.

 
Selected Publications                               |                             Go To PubMed List >>


1: Sico JJ, Yaggi HK, Ofner S, Concato J, Austin C, Ferguson J, Qin L, Tobias L, Taylor S, Vaz Fragoso CA, McLain V, Williams LS, Bravata DM. Development, Validation, and Assessment of an Ischemic Stroke or Transient Ischemic Attack-Specific Prediction Tool for Obstructive Sleep Apnea. J Stroke Cerebrovasc Dis. 2017 Aug;26(8):1745-1754. doi: 10.1016/j.jstrokecerebrovasdis.2017.03.042. Epub 2017 Apr 14. PubMed PMID: 28416405.

2: Bravata DM, McClain V, Austin C, Ferguson J, Burrus N, Miech EJ, Matthias MS, Chumbler N, Ofner S, Foresman B, Sico J, Vaz Fragoso CA, Williams LS, Agarwal R, Concato J, Klar Yaggi H. Diagnosing and managing sleep apnea in patients with chronic cerebrovascular disease: a randomized trial of a home-based strategy. Sleep Breath. 2017 Apr 6. doi: 10.1007/s11325-017-1494-5. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 28386781.

3: Mackey J, Blatsioris AD, Moser EA, Carter RJ, Saha C, Stevenson A, Hulin AL, O'Neill DP, Cohen-Gadol AA, Leipzig TJ, Williams LS. Prophylactic Anticonvulsants in Intracerebral Hemorrhage. Neurocrit Care. 2017 Mar 21. doi: 10.1007/s12028-017-0385-8. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 28324261.

4: Skolarus LE, Piette JD, Pfeiffer PN, Williams LS, Mackey J, Hughes R, Morgenstern LB. Interactive Voice Response-An Innovative Approach to Post-Stroke Depression Self-Management Support. Transl Stroke Res. 2017 Feb;8(1):77-82. doi: 10.1007/s12975-016-0481-7. Epub 2016 Jul 9. PubMed PMID: 27394917; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5507192.

5: Chaturvedi S, Ofner S, Baye F, Myers LJ, Phipps M, Sico JJ, Damush T, Miech E, Reeves M, Johanning J, Williams LS, Arling G, Cheng E, Yu Z, Bravata D. Have clinicians adopted the use of brain MRI for patients with TIA and minor stroke? Neurology. 2017 Jan 17;88(3):237-244. doi: 10.1212/WNL.0000000000003503. Epub 2016 Dec 7. PubMed PMID: 27927939; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5272790.

6: Tormoehlen LM, Blatsioris AD, Moser EA, Carter RJ, Stevenson A, Ofner S, Hulin AL, O'Neill DP, Cohen-Gadol AA, Leipzig TJ, Williams LS, Mackey J. Disparities and guideline adherence in drugs of abuse screening in intracerebral hemorrhage. Neurology. 2017 Jan 17;88(3):252-258. doi: 10.1212/WNL.0000000000003505. Epub 2016 Dec 7. PubMed PMID: 27927933; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5272789.

7: Damush TM, Myers L, Anderson JA, Yu Z, Ofner S, Nicholas G, Kimmel B, Schmid AA, Kent T, Williams LS. Erratum to: The effect of a locally adapted, secondary stroke risk factor self-management program on medication adherence among veterans with stroke. Transl Behav Med. 2016 Sep;6(3):469. doi: 10.1007/s13142-016-0412-x. PubMed PMID: 27528534; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4987611.

8: Damush TM, Myers L, Anderson JA, Yu Z, Ofner S, Nicholas G, Kimmel B, Schmid AA, Kent T, Williams LS. The effect of a locally adapted, secondary stroke risk factor self-management program on medication adherence among veterans with stroke/TIA. Transl Behav Med. 2016 Sep;6(3):457-68. doi: 10.1007/s13142-015-0348-6. Erratum in: Transl Behav Med. 2016 Sep;6(3):469. PubMed PMID: 27349906; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4987603.

9: Robinson MT, Vickrey BG, Holloway RG, Chong K, Williams LS, Brook RH, Leng M, Parikh P, Zingmond DS. The lack of documentation of preferences in a cohort of adults who died after ischemic stroke. Neurology. 2016 May 31;86(22):2056-62. doi: 10.1212/WNL.0000000000002625. Epub 2016 Apr 8. PubMed PMID: 27060165; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4891211.

10: Keyhani S, Cheng EM, Naseri A, Halm EA, Williams LS, Johanning J, Madden E, Rofagha S, Woodbridge A, Abraham A, Ahn R, Saba S, Eilkhani E, Hebert P, Bravata DM. Common Reasons That Asymptomatic Patients Who Are 65 Years and Older Receive Carotid Imaging. JAMA Intern Med. 2016 May 1;176(5):626-33. doi: 10.1001/jamainternmed.2016.0678. PubMed PMID: 27088224; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5156480.


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