SONNET is a national network of applied researchers who help design, evaluate, and implement effective social health interventions to improve member health across Kaiser Permanente. SONNET's work is made possible with funding from KP's National Community Health Program.
Richard W Grant, MD, MPH, is a Research Scientist III at the Kaiser Permanente Northern California (KPNC) Division of Research and an Adjunct Professor at the Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics, UCSF School of Medicine. He earned his MD with Thesis from UCSF, did his Internal Medicine Residency Training at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), and received his MPH from the Harvard School of Public Health. His expertise lies in implementing research strategies to improve primary care delivery for patients with complex medical and social needs.
Over the past 20 years (first at the MGH Division of General Medicine and now at KPNC Division of Research), Dr. Grant has authored over 170 papers examining barriers and facilitators to evidence-based primary care for complex patients and has been the principal investigator for 14 externally-funded grant awards, including numerous pragmatic clinical trials of care-based interventions to improve patient-provider communication and chronic disease-related outcomes.
His leadership in primary care research is reflected in his role as the first primary care physician to chair the American Diabetes Association’s Professional Practice Committee (which sets and updates the standards of care for patients with diabetes each year), his work as an Associate Editor at JAMA Internal Medicine, and his directorship of KPNC’s Delivery Science Fellowship and NIDDK T32 Post-doctoral Research Program for training fellows in the science of health care delivery.
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