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Karleen Giannitrapani, PhD, MPH

Karleen Giannitrapani, PhD, MPH, is a lecturer in the Division of Primary Care and Population Health at Stanford University. As a core investigator at the Center for Innovation to Implementation (Ci2i) at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System, she is the principal investigator on an effort to facilitate the role of occupational health during the COVID-19 pandemic. She is also a co-investigator on multiple ongoing studies representing over 25 million dollars of VA funding. Since 2018, she has been the Associate Director of the VA Quality Improvement Resource Center (QuIRC) for Palliative Care, one of three centers supporting Veterans Affairs Geriatrics and Extended Care nationally. 

Dr. Giannitrapani received her PhD in Health Policy and Management with a concentration in organizational behavior from the University of California, Los Angeles. She also has a Master of Public Health with a concentration in community health sciences, Master of Arts in African Studies, and a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology. Dr. Giannitrapani's research focuses on improving the processes that interdisciplinary teams can leverage to improve quality of care. She is particularly interested in improving "teaming" processes for pain and symptom management among high-risk, high-need patients. 

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