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Paul R. Conlin, MD
Associate Physician, Brigham and Women's Hospital
Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Brigham and Women's Hospital
Department of Medicine
75 Francis Street
Boston, MA 02115

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Research Narrative:

Dr. Conlin’s research at Brigham and Women’s Hospital is investigating the interactions of dietary patterns and blood pressure regulation. He was a co-investigator in two multi-center studies which showed that a diet enriched in fruits, vegetables and low-fat dairy products, that is overall low in total and saturated fat (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension [DASH] diet) significantly reduces blood pressure, either alone or when combined with sodium restriction. He is now studying the effects of the DASH diet on cardiovascular and renal hemodynamics in individuals with isolated systolic hypertension, to better understand its mechanism of action.

His research at VA Boston Healthcare System uses methods in information technology and care management to improve the quality of care in patients with diabetes mellitus. Three clinical studies are being conducted: (1) using a telemedicine-based platform for remote retinal examinations, he is studying the clinical and cost-effectiveness of a technology assisted ophthalmic examination in screening for diabetic retinopathy. (2) a clinical trial to assess the clinical and cost-effectiveness of web-based diabetes care management in patients with poorly controlled diabetes. (3) the role of pre-operative intensive treatment, using care management, in patients with diabetes scheduled to undergo vascular surgery, measuring the effect on peri-operative complications and length-of-stay.

U. of Massachusetts Medical School, 1983, MD

Publications (Pulled from Harvard Catalyst Profiles):

1. Aron DC, Conlin PR, Pogach L. Brief Commentary: The Glycemic Target Guideline Controversy: Same Evidence, Different Perspectives, and a Proposal for Common Ground. Ann Intern Med. 2018 Aug 21; 169(4):248-249.

2. Conlin PR, Colburn J, Aron D, Pries RM, Tschanz MP, Pogach L. Synopsis of the 2017 U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs/U.S. Department of Defense Clinical Practice Guideline: Management of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus. Ann Intern Med. 2017 Nov 07; 167(9):655-663.

3. Tschanz MP, Watts SA, Colburn JA, Conlin PR, Pogach LM. Overview and Discussion of the 2017 VA/DoD Clinical Practice Guideline for the Management of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus in Primary Care. Fed Pract. 2017 Oct; 34(Suppl 8):S14-S19.

4. Kerfoot BP, Gagnon DR, McMahon GT, Orlander JD, Kurgansky KE, Conlin PR. A Team-Based Online Game Improves Blood Glucose Control in Veterans With Type 2 Diabetes: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Diabetes Care. 2017 09; 40(9):1218-1225.

5. Vimalananda VG, DeSotto K, Chen T, Mullakary J, Schlosser J, Archambeault C, Peck J, Cassidy H, Conlin PR, Evans S, McConnell M, Shirley E. A Quality Improvement Program to Reduce Potential Overtreatment of Diabetes Among Veterans at High Risk of Hypoglycemia. Diabetes Spectr. 2017 Aug; 30(3):211-216.

6. Prentice JC, Pizer SD, Conlin PR. Identifying the independent effect of HbA1c variability on adverse health outcomes in patients with Type 2 diabetes. Diabet Med. 2016 12; 33(12):1640-1648.

7. Conlin PR, Asefzadeh B, Pasquale LR, Selvin G, Lamkin R, Cavallerano AA. Accuracy of a technology-assisted eye exam in evaluation of referable diabetic retinopathy and concomitant ocular diseases. Br J Ophthalmol. 2015 Dec; 99(12):1622-7.

8. Prentice JC, Conlin PR, Gellad WF, Edelman D, Lee TA, Pizer SD. Long-term outcomes of analogue insulin compared with NPH for patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus. Am J Manag Care. 2015 Mar 01; 21(3):e235-43.

9. Prentice JC, Conlin PR, Gellad WF, Edelman D, Lee TA, Pizer SD. Capitalizing on prescribing pattern variation to compare medications for type 2 diabetes. Value Health. 2014 Dec; 17(8):854-62.

10. Aron DC, Lowery J, Tseng CL, Conlin P, Kahwati L. De-implementation of inappropriately tight control (of hypoglycemia) for health: protocol with an example of a research grant application. Implement Sci. 2014 May 19; 9:58.