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Brenda E. Sirovich, MD, MS

Associate Professor of Medicine
Associate Professor of Community and Family Medicine
Associate Professor of The Dartmouth Institute

Additional Titles/Positions/Affiliations
Co-Director, VA Outcomes Group

Community and Family Medicine
The Dartmouth Institute

Hunter College High School, 1981
New York, New York

Harvard College
Cambridge, MA
Degree: B.A., 1985, Applied Mathematics, cum laude

Yale University School of Medicine
New Haven, CT
Degree: MD, 1991
Thesis: Non-urgent users of the pediatric Emergency Room

Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire
Masters of Science Program, Center for the Evaluative Clinical Sciences, 2000
Degree: MS, 2000


Contact Information

VA Medical Center
Outcomes Group (111B)
White River Junction
White River Junction VT 05009


Professional Interests

Cancer screening; physician practice intensity

Grant Information

VA Health Services Research and Development
National Institute for Aging

Courses Taught

PH 139 – Measuring Health (Introductory Epidemiology & Biostatistics)
PH 141 – From Observational Data to Valid Inference: Regression and Other Approaches (TDI)
MDED.118 – Patients & Populations: Improving Health & Healthcare (Geisel Year 1)
MDED.218 – Patients & Populations: Improving Health & Healthcare (Geisel Year 2)

Selected Publications


Assembling and validating data from multiple sources to study care for Veterans with bladder cancer.
Schroeck FR, Sirovich B, Seigne JD, Robertson DJ, Goodney PP
BMC Urol. 2017 Sep 6;17(1):78. doi: 10.1186/s12894-017-0271-x. Epub 2017 Sep 6.
PMID: 28877694

Use of Computed Tomography in Emergency Departments in the United States: A Decade of Coughs and Colds.
Drescher FS, Sirovich BE
JAMA Intern Med. 2016 Feb;176(2):273-5. doi: 10.1001/jamainternmed.2015.7098.
PMID: 26720289

Undermeasuring Overuse--An Examination of National Clinical Performance Measures.
Newton EH, Zazzera EA, Van Moorsel G, Sirovich BE
JAMA Intern Med. 2015 Oct;175(10):1709-11. doi: 10.1001/jamainternmed.2015.4025.
PMID: 26258406

Association between apple consumption and physician visits: appealing the conventional wisdom that an apple a day keeps the doctor away.
Davis MA, Bynum JP, Sirovich BE
JAMA Intern Med. 2015 May;175(5):777-83. doi: 10.1001/jamainternmed.2014.5466.
PMID: 25822137

The association between residency training and internists' ability to practice conservatively.
Sirovich BE, Lipner RS, Johnston M, Holmboe ES
JAMA Intern Med. 2014 Oct;174(10):1640-8. doi: 10.1001/jamainternmed.2014.3337.
PMID: 25179515

How to feed and grow your health care system: comment on "The cost of satisfaction".
Sirovich BE
Arch Intern Med. 2012 Mar 12;172(5):411-3. doi: 10.1001/archinternmed.2012.62. Epub 2012 Feb 13.
PMID: 22331981

Too Little? Too Much? Primary care physicians' views on US health care: a brief report.
Sirovich BE, Woloshin S, Schwartz LM
Arch Intern Med. 2011 Sep 26;171(17):1582-5. doi: 10.1001/archinternmed.2011.437.
PMID: 21949169

Discretionary decision making by primary care physicians and the cost of U.S. Health care.
Sirovich B, Gallagher PM, Wennberg DE, Fisher ES
Health Aff (Millwood). 2008 May-Jun;27(3):813-23. doi: 10.1377/hlthaff.27.3.813.
PMID: 18474975

Regional variations in health care intensity and physician perceptions of quality of care.
Sirovich BE, Gottlieb DJ, Welch HG, Fisher ES
Ann Intern Med. 2006 May 2;144(9):641-9.
PMID: 16670133

Cervical cancer screening among women without a cervix.
Sirovich BE, Welch HG
JAMA. 2004 Jun 23;291(24):2990-3.
PMID: 15213211

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