Monika Safford, MD
Monika Safford, MD is the inaugural Endowed Professor of Diabetes Prevention and Control in the Department of Medicine and Assistant Dean of Continuing Medical Education at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where she has worked since 2003. She is the Co-Director of the UAB Center for Outcomes and Effectiveness Research and Education and the Co-Principal Investigator of an AHRQ-funded T32 fellowship training program in health services research. Her research program focuses on health equity with an epidemiologic component as Principal Investigator of an ancillary study to the national REasons for Geographic And Racial Differences in Stroke cohort study, including over 30,000 African American and White American participants. She also leads a community-based intervention research program aimed at identifying effective strategies to improve quality of life and cardiometabolic disease outcomes in residents of Alabama’s remote rural Black Belt region. She received her MD from Cornell University Medical College and trained in Internal Medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.
When asked, “Why is patient-centered and patient-powered research necessary in order to advance our understanding of rheumatological conditions?”, Dr. Safford responded,
“Research into the health-related questions that people living with arthritis have is critical, yet scientific research has not typically been undertaken from the patient perspective until now. AR-PoWER is a unique opportunity to let the voices of patients drive the research agenda, engaging them to “be part of the answer”. I am delighted to be part of the movement in this direction!”