Dr. Sarah L. Cutrona, MD, MPH is an Assistant Professor of Medicine with the
Division of General Medicine and Primary Care and the Meyers Primary Care Institute. Dr.
Cutrona’s research explores the impact of social networks on health and preventive
behavior. She is currently funded through a Clinical and Translational Sciences Award
(CTSA) K12 grant to examine the ways in which an individual’s decisions about colorectal
cancer screening can impact the screening behavior of friends and family members. Dr.
Cutrona’s work on adherent behaviors has included studies of electronic and nonelectronic
interventions to improve adherence to cardiovascular and diabetic medications.
In addition, Dr. Cutrona is involved in the FDA’s Mini-Sentinel project, developing
approaches to validating health outcomes including acute myocardial infarction and
Dr. Cutrona’s previous work includes publications examining national characteristics of
free prescription drug sample recipients. Dr. Cutrona was the first to describe free
sample recipients on a national level. She found that free samples are distributed less
frequently to poor and uninsured populations and identified safety concerns related to
free samples. Her work received attention from the national media and from policy-makers.
Dr. Cutrona is board certified in Internal Medicine and received a Masters of Public
Contributions to Books
Malnutrition (with Neal S. LeLeiko), The Child: An Encyclopedic Companion (2009)
Presentations and Posters
Adverse Drug Events Post-Hospital Discharge in Older Patients: Types, Severity, and Involvement of Beers Criteria Medications (with Abir O. Kanaan, Jennifer L. Donovan, Nerissa P. Duchin, Terry S. Field, Jennifer Tjia, Shawn J. Gagne, Lawrence D. Garber, Peggy Preusse, Leslie R. Harrold, and Jerry H. Gurwitz), UMass Center for Clinical and Translational Science Research Retreat (2013)