Utibe Essien, MD, MPH - Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion
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Utibe Essien, MD, MPH

CHERP COIN Investigator

Staff Physician at the VA Pittsburgh Healthsystem

Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

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Dr. Essien is a health services researcher who conducts research on racial/ethnic health disparities. His specific focus is on the use of novel therapeutics and technologies in the management of chronic diseases and understanding mechanisms by which differences exist in their uptake and diffusion.

As a General Medicine Fellow, Dr. Essien applied innovative methods to study whether racial/ethnic differences exist in the use of novel anticoagulants in patients with atrial fibrillation, including after controlling for patient-level socioeconomic status factors. Additionally, he examined the role of social determinants such as food insecurity and housing instability on patients with diabetes.

Currently, Dr. Essien is a Core Investigator in the VA Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion (CHERP). He is studying patient, provider, and system-level predictors of the use of anticoagulants in Veterans with atrial fibrillation. He is also interested in developing patient-centered interventions to increase knowledge of therapeutic options

Utibe R. Essien, MD, MPH is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and a Core Investigator in the Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion. Dr. Essien is also a board-certified internist, providing clinical care at VA Pittsburgh. Dr. Essien joined the Center for Research on Health Care in September 2018 as a health services researcher with a focus on the use of novel therapeutics and technologies in the management of chronic diseases and understanding mechanisms by which differences exist in their uptake and diffusion. Currently, Dr. Essien is studying patient, provider, and systems-level predictors of the use of novel treatments in Veterans with chronic cardiovascular diseases and developing interventions to improve equity in their use. Dr. Essien was recently selected as one of the University of Pittsburgh’s Institute for Clinical Research Education Career Education and Enhancement for Healthcare Research Diversity (CEED) Scholars for 2019-2020.