Profile

Dr. Kate Lapane

Professor,
University of Massachusetts Medical School

Contact Details

University of Massachusetts Medical School
Worcester, MA
Ribbons

Dr. Kate Lapane


Professor,
University of Massachusetts Medical School

Bio

Dr. Lapane is currently a Professor in Population and Quantitative Health Sciences and the Associate Dean of Clinical and Population Health Research. Her primary research interests falls under the umbrella of medication issues in vulnerable populations. She has performed drug utilization studies, often evaluating the contextual, organizational, policy impacts on patterns of prescription drug use among nursing home residents. Dr. Lapane has also conducted a series of non-experimental comparative effectiveness research studies of medications in populations systematically excluded from clinical trials. She has used large administrative claims databases to estimate the risks associated with appropriate medication use. Dr. Lapane has conducted large scale intervention trials to improve medication related issues in marginalized populations. She has led the development and implementation of two large nursing home trials in which she assembled separate expert panels to assist in reviewing the intervention materials and focus. She has also participated in consensus panels related to inappropriate medication use in older adults. Collaborating with the National Osteoarthritis Initiative, she also has evaluated the use of complementary and alternative medicine and the effectiveness of these treatments in patients with osteoarthritis. Dr. Lapane’s methodological work has focused on the robustness of techniques and the appropriate application of techniques often used in non-experimental comparative effectiveness research. Dr. Lapane has had ~15 years of uninterrupted federal support in conducting studies relating to medication use, as well as multisite randomized trials of novel care models.

Education

Brown University
Providence, Rhode Island, United States
Ph.D., 1995
Epidemiology

University of Rhode Island
Kingston, Rhode Island, United States
M.S., 1991
Statistics
To 1991
Advisor: R. Chadoury Hanumara, PhD

Boston University
Boston, Massachusetts, United States
BA, 1987
Mathematics/Statistics
To 1987

Job History

University of Massachusetts Medical School
Professor and Division Chief
Worcester, MA, United States
January 2018 - present

University of Massachusetts Medical School
Associate Dean
Worcester, MA, United States
January 2012 - present

University of Massachusetts Medical School
Professor (tenured)
Worcester, MA, United States
January 2012 - January 2018

Virginia Commonwealth University
Professor (tenured)
Richmond, VA, United States
January 2008 - January 2012

Brown University
Associate Professor (Tenured)
Providence, RI, United States
January 2003 - January 2008

Brown University
Assistant Professor of Medical Science
Providence, RI, United States
January 2000 - January 2003

Brown University
Assistant Professor (Research)
Providence, RI, United States
January 1995 - January 2000

Areas Of Expertise

  • Long-Term Care: Quality of Care/Evaluation of Services

Discipline

  • Geriatrics