Nancy Kressin, PhD

Professor of Medicine10-2783-KRESSIN-042-August-2010


PhD, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University

General field of research:

Health and health care disparities.

Affiliations other than medicine:

Center for Health Quality, Outcomes and Economic Research, Bedford VA Medical Center

Boston VA Healthcare System

Contact information:

Crosstown 2090

Phone: (617)-414 1367

Fax: (617)-414-6911


Health care disparities; Hypertension; Chronic illness; Information technology.

Summary of research interest:

Dr. Kressin is interested in racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic disparities in health and health care delivery, primarily for patients with chronic illnesses such as hypertension. More recently, her interests are expanding to include the role of health information technology in helping to identify and reduce disparities in health and health care.

Recent publications:

Cook NL, Bonds DE, Kiefe CI, Curtis JP, Krumholz HM, Kressin NR, Peterson ED; on behalf of the National Heat, Lung, and Blood Institute Centers for Cardiovascular Research (CCOR) Writing Group.  Centers for Cardiovascular Outcomes Research: Defining a Collaborative Vision. Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes. 2013;6(2): 223-228.

Mann, DM, Glazer, NL, Winter, M, Paasche-Orlow, MK, Muntner, P, Shimbo, D, Adams, WG, Kressin, NR, Zhang, Y, Choi, H, Cabral, H.  (2013) A pilot study identifying statin nonadherence with visit-to-visit variability of low-density lipoprotein cholesterol.  American Journal of Cardiology, 2013 Feb; Epub ahead of print.

Hanchate AD, Lasser KE, Kapoor A, Rosen J, McCormick D, D’Amore MM, Kressin NR. (2012) Did Utilization of Inpatient Procedures Increase among Lower Income & Minority Populations in Post-Reform Massachusetts? Medical Care, 2012; 50 (7): 569-77. PMCID: PMC3374150.

Bokhour, BG, Cohn, ES, Cortes, DE, Solomon, JL, Fix, GM, Elwy, AR, Mueller, N, Katz, LA, Haidet, P, Green, AR, Borzecki, AM, Kressin, NR.  (2012).  The Role of Patients’ Explanatory Models and Daily-Lived Experience in Hypertension Self-Management. J Gen Intern Med. 2012; 27 (12): 1626-1634.

Ayotte, BJ, Hausmann, LRM, Whittle, J, Kressin, NR. (2012).  The Relationship between Perceived Discrimination and Coronary Artery Obstruction.  American Heart Journal. 2012;163(4):677-83.

D’Amore MM, Cheng DM, Kressin NR, Jones J, Samet JH, winter M, Kim TW, Saitz R. (2011)  Oral health of substance dependent individuals:  impact of specific substances. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 2011;41(2): 179-185.  PMCID: PMC3384491.

Rose, A, Glickman, ME, D’Amore, MM, Orner, MB, Berlowitz, D, Kressin, NR.  (2011). Effects of Daily Adherence to Anti-Hypertensive Medication on Blood Pressure Control.  Journal of Clinical Hypertension: 2011; 13(6): 416-21.  PMCID: PMC3111950.

Hausmann, LRM, Kressin, NR, Hanusa, BH, Ibrahim, SA. (2010).  Perceived racial discrimination in health care and its association with patients’ health care experiences: Does the measure matter?  Ethnicity and Disease: 2010; 20 (1):40-7.

Kressin, NR, Orner, MB, Manze, M, Glickman, ME, Berlowitz, D. (2010). Understanding Racial Disparities in Blood Pressure Control.  Circulation: Quality and Outcomes: 2010; 3 (2):173-80.  PMCID: PMC2841788.

Manze, M, Rose, AJ, Orner, MB, Berlowitz, DR, Kressin, NR (2010).  Understanding Racial Disparities in Treatment Intensification for Hypertension Management. Journal of General Internal Medicine; 2010; 25 (8): 819-25. PMCID: PMC2896595.

Ayotte, BJ, Kressin, NR. (2010)  Race Differences in Cardiac Catheterization: The Role of Social Contextual Variables.  Journal of General Internal Medicine. 2010; 25(8): 814-18. PMCID: PMC2896597.

Kressin, NR, Manze, M, Russell, SL, Katz, RV, Claudio, C, Green, BL, Wang, MQ. (2010). Self-reported willingness to have cancer screening and the effects of sociodemographic factors. Journal of the National Medical Association: 2010;102 (3):219-27. PMCID: PMC2920216.

Hausmann, LRM, Jeong, K, Bost, JE, Kressin, NR, Ibrahim, SA. Perceived racial discrimination in health care: A comparison of Veterans Affairs and other patients (2009). American Journal of Public Health: 2009; 99: S718-S724. PMCID: PMC2774170.

Rose, AJ, Berlowitz, DR, Manze, M, Orner, MB, Kressin, NR (2009).  Comparing methods of measuring treatment intensity in hypertension care.  Circulation: Quality and Outcomes: 2009; 2: 385-391. PMCID: PMC2801893.

Rose, AJ, Berlowitz, DR, Manze, M, Orner, MB, Kressin, NR (2009).  Intensifying Therapy for Hypertension Despite Suboptimal Adherence.  Hypertension: 2009; 54(3): 524-9. PMCID: PMC2739677.

Kressin, NR, Nunn, ME, Singh, H, Orner, MB, Pbert, L, Hayes, C, Culler, C, Glicken, S, Palfrey, S, Geltman, PL, Cadoret, C, Henshaw, MM. (2009).  Effects of a Practice Based Intervention on Pediatric Providers’ Counseling About Children’s Risk for Dental Decay.  Medical Care. 2009; 47 (11): 1121-28. PMCID: PMC2920219.

Kressin NR, Raymond, K, Manze, M. (2008).  A Review of Measures of Perceived Race/Ethnic-Based Discrimination in Health Care.  Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved.  2008; 19 (3): 697-730. PMCID: PMC2914305.

Kressin, NR, Saha, S, Weaver, F, Rubenstein, L, Weinberger, M. (2007).  Career and time management strategies for clinical and health services researchers.  Journal of General Internal Medicine: 2007; 22(10): 1475-1478.

Rose, AJ, Berlowitz, DR, Orner, MB, Kressin, NR. (2007). Understanding Uncontrolled Hypertension: Is it the Patient or the Provider?  Journal of Clinical Hypertension 2007; 9: 937-943.

Kressin, NR, Glickman ME, Peterson, ED, Whittle, J, Orner, MB, Petersen, LA. (2007).  Functional Status Outcomes Among White and African American Cardiac Patients in an Equal Access System.  American Heart Journal; 2007; 153: 418-25.

Kressin, NR, Wang, F, Long, J, Bokhour, BG, Orner, MB, Rothendler, J, Clark, C, Reddy, S, Kozak, W, Kroupa, L, Berlowitz, DR.  (2007).  Hypertensive Patients’ Health Beliefs, Process of Care, and Medication Adherence: Is Race Important?  Journal of General Internal Medicine: 2007; 22 (6): 768 – 774.

PubMed link to Dr. Kressin’s publications