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
anaphylaxis. 

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
Health. 

Articles

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Adverse drug events after hospital discharge in older adults: 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), Journal of the American Geriatrics Society (2013)
 

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Validation of acute myocardial infarction in the Food and Drug Administration's Mini-Sentinel program (with Sengwee Toh, Aarthi Iyer, Sarah Foy, Gregory W. Daniel, Vinit P. Nair, Daniel Ng, Melissa G. Butler, Denise M. Boudreau, Susan Forrow, Robert J. Goldberg, Joel M. Gore, David D. McManus, Judith A. Racoosin, and Jerry H. Gurwitz), Pharmacoepidemiology and drug safety (2012)
 

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Targeting cardiovascular medication adherence interventions (with Niteesh K. Choudhry, Michael A. Fischer, Amber Servi, Margaret R. Stedman, Joshua N. Liberman, Troyen Brennan, and William H. Shrank), J Am Pharm Assoc (2003) (2012)
 

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A systematic review of validated methods for identifying cerebrovascular accident or transient ischemic attack using administrative data (with Susan E. Andrade, Leslie R. Harrold, Jennifer Tjia, Jane S. Saczynski, Katherine S. Dodd, Robert J. Goldberg, and Jerry H. Gurwitz), Pharmacoepidemiology and drug safety (2012)
 

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A systematic review of validated methods for identifying heart failure using administrative data (with Jane S. Saczynski, Susan E. Andrade, Leslie R. Harrold, Jennifer Tjia, Katherine S. Dodd, Robert J. Goldberg, and Jerry H. Gurwitz), Pharmacoepidemiology and drug safety (2012)
 

Contributions to Books

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Eating and Nutrition (with Neal S. LeLeiko), The Child: An Encyclopedic Companion (2009)
 

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Infant Feeding (with Neal S. LeLeiko), The Child: An Encyclopedic Companion (2009)
 

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Malnutrition (with Neal S. LeLeiko), The Child: An Encyclopedic Companion (2009)
 

Presentations and Posters

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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)
 

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Health Information Seeking on Behalf of Others: Characteristics of ‘Surrogate Seekers’ (with Kathleen M. Mazor, Sana Naveed, Tama M. Luger, Julie E. Volkman, and Lila J. Rutten), UMass Center for Clinical and Translational Science Research Retreat (2013)
 

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Health Literacy and Cancer Prevention: It’s Not What You Say It’s What They Hear (with Kathleen M. Mazor, Douglas W. Roblin, Andrew E. Williams, Paul J. K. Han, Mary E. Costanza, Terry S. Field, Bridget Gaglio, Joann L. Wagner, Brandi E. Robinson, and Vinutha Vijayadeva), UMass Center for Clinical and Translational Science Research Retreat (2013)
 

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Intervention to Reduce Adverse Outcomes among Older Adults Discharged from Skilled Nursing Facilities to Home (with Terry S. Field, Jessica Ogarek, Abir O. Kanaan, Jennifer L. Donovan, Peggy Preusse, Devi Sundaresan, Shawn J. Gagne, Lawrence D. Garber, Jennifer Tjia, and Jerry H. Gurwitz), UMass Center for Clinical and Translational Science Research Retreat (2013)
 

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Pass This Message Along: Self-edited Email Messages Promoting Colon Cancer Screening among Friends and Family (with Joann L. Wagner, Douglas W. Roblin, Bridget Gaglio, Andrew E. Williams, Rosalie A. Torres Stone, and Kathleen M. Mazor), UMass Center for Clinical and Translational Science Research Retreat (2013)