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Ravy K. Vajravelu, MD, MSC

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CHERP COIN Investigator

Core investigator; Staff Gastroenterologist; Assistant Professor of Medicine


Ravy K. Vajravelu, MD MSCE, is Core Investigator at CHERP, Staff Gastroenterologist at VA Pittsburgh Health System, and Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh. His research aims to develop personalized medicine strategies to improve the diagnosis and treatment of individuals with gastrointestinal conditions. He is working to this goal by designing new biostatistical techniques to accurately and efficiently analyze big health data and by identifying clinical strategies that improve patient outcomes for common gastrointestinal diseases. In particular, he has studied conditions that frequently affect veterans, such as colorectal cancer, esophageal cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, and diverticular bleeding. His research has been published in high-impact gastroenterology and informatics journals, such as Gastroenterology, Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology, and the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association.

To complete this research, Dr. Vajravelu has received a career development award from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases of the National Institutes of Health (K08-DK119475). He also served as co-principal investigator on a multicenter study funded by a Clinical Research Award from the American College of Gastroenterology that studied patient and provider attitudes regarding esophageal cancer screening.

Prior to joining the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System and the University of Pittsburgh in July 2021, Dr. Vajravelu was Instructor of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. There, he received several research and teaching awards, including the Sidney Cohen Teaching Award for Gastroenterology Faculty in 2020. He also currently serves as Associate Editor for the journal Pharmacoepidemiology Drug Safety and the publication Evidence-Based GI.