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
Validation of anaphylaxis in the Food and Drug Administration's Mini-Sentinel (with Kathleen E. Walsh, Sarah Foy, Meghan A. Baker, Susan Forrow, Azadeh Shoaibi, Pamala A. Pawloski, Michelle Conroy, Andrew M. Fine, Lise E. Nigrovic, Nandini Selvam, Mano S. Selvan, William O. Cooper, and Susan E. Andrade), Pharmacoepidemiology and drug safety (2013)
The association between health literacy and cancer-related attitudes, behaviors, and knowledge (with Nancy S. Morris, Terry S. Field, Joann L. Wagner, Douglas W. Roblin, Bridget Gaglio, Andrew E. Williams, Paul J. K. Han, Mary E. Costanza, and Kathleen M. Mazor), Journal of health communication (2013)
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)
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)
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)
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)