Bijal Balasubramanian, M.B.B.S., Ph.D. is the Rockwell Distinguished Chair in Society and Health and a Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth Houston) School of Public Health. She is also the Co-Director of the UTHealth Houston Institute for Implementation Science. She is a primary care physician, epidemiologist, and health services researcher pursuing a research program that spans primary health care, cancer prevention and control, and dissemination & implementation science.
Dr. Balasubramanian’s program of research focuses on practice change approaches to improve care delivery and health outcomes in real-world and diverse primary care settings. Her expertise is in developing rigorous mixed methods approaches to evaluate practice change interventions and to understand the multi-level determinants (patient, provider, health system, community) of care quality in primary care. She has received funding from the National Cancer Institute (NCI), the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) and other federal, state, and not-for-profit organizations and foundations to support this research program. Her research has been published in peer-reviewed journals such as Health Affairs, Annals of Family Medicine, JAMA Network Open, and Journal of Cancer Survivorship.
Dr. Balasubramanian currently serves as the Co-Chair of the Research Advocacy Committee for the North American Primary Care Research Group (NAPCRG). She is also a member of the National Advisory Committee convened by the Milbank Memorial Fund to develop an annual “Health of US Primary Care Scorecard” to measure the implementation of high-quality primary care and inform national and state policy.