Rowena Joy Dolor, MD

Professor of Medicine
Assistant Professor in Head and Neck Surgery & Communication Sciences
Member in the Duke Clinical Research Institute
Campus mail 200 Morris Stree, 3rd Floor, Durham, NC 27701
Phone (919) 668-8627

Rowena J. Dolor, MD, MHS did her medical training and internal medicine residency at Duke University Medical Center. She completed the Ambulatory Care/Health Services Research fellowship at the Durham VA Medical Center in 1996 and obtained her Masters in Health Sciences degree in Biometry (renamed MHS in Clinical Research) from the Duke University School of Medicine in 1998. Dr. Dolor was a staff physician in the Ambulatory Care Service at the Durham VA Medical Center and Research Associate at the Center for Health Services Research in Primary Care at the Durham VAMC from 1995-2012.  She is currently an investigator of several federally-funded projects conducted in the community-based setting. Dr. Dolor served as a member of the AHRQ PBRN Resource Center Steering Committee and co-chaired the NAPCRG PBRN conference from 2012-2016.

Since 1996, Dr. Dolor has been the director of the Primary Care Research Consortium (PCRC), a network of primary care practices in the Duke University Health System and outlying communities. The PCRC has participated in over 100 industry- and investigator-initiated studies on hypertension, hyperlipidemia, asthma, otitis, obesity, diabetes, depression, anticoagulation, and vaccines. In 2002, the Duke PCRC received grant funding from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) for Primary Care Practice-based Research Networks (PBRNs). The focus of her research pertains to primary care clinical and outcomes research. She has helped lead a number of comparative effectiveness studies and large, pragmatic trials in the primary care setting.   In addition, Dr. Dolor has led or co-led networks in otolaryngology and integrative medicine.

Dr. Dolor has contributed to the development and methodology of Practice-based Research Networks (PBRNs). She has served as a co-investigator on three online resources to help researchers conduct multi-center research in the primary care practice-based setting – (1) A toolkit for building and sustaining health research partnership with practices and communities, http://www.researchtoolkit.org/index.php (2) Toolkit for Developing and Conducting Multi-site Clinical Trials in Practice Based Research Networks, http://www.dartnet.info/ClinicalTrialsPBRNToolkit.htm ; and (3) PBRN Research Good Practices (PRGP), http://www.napcrg.org/PBRNResearchGoodPractice

From July 2009-June 2012, she served as the Associate Director for the Duke EPC. She worked closely with the Director, Gillian Sanders PhD, in overseeing the day-to-day functioning of EPC projects and supervising EPC personnel.  The Duke EPC was awarded a contract entitled “American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009: Comprehensive EPC Comparative Effectiveness Reviews for Effective Health Care” to serve within a core group of EPCs to focus on a comprehensive approach to comparative effectiveness review (CER) and evidence synthesis. The Duke EPC area of concentration was cardiovascular and pulmonary disorders.

She previously served as the principal investigator for the systematic literature review for the AHA Scientific Statement: Evidence-based guidelines for cardiovascular disease prevention in women published in 2004 and updated in 2007. She was the PI of four CER projects on “Noninvasive Technologies for the Diagnosis of Coronary Artery Disease in Women” and “Treatment Strategies for Women with CAD”, “PAD”, and “UA/NSTEMI” as well as upcoming CER topics on pulmonary arterial hypertension, peripheral artery disease and unstable angina/non-ST elevation myocardial infarction. 

Within the Duke Clinical and Translational Institute (CTSI), Dr. Dolor directs the collaboration with CTSI researchers on community-based PBRN projects. From 2011- 2014, she was co-chair of the CTSA PBRN Collaboration Workgroup, and a member of the Community Engagement Key Function Committee, the CTSA Strategic Goal 4 Combined Networking Group committee, and the CTSA Comparative Effectiveness Research Key Function Committee (CER KFC). Since September 2016, she serves as a Co-chair of the Dissemination, Implementation and Knowledge Transfer Workgroup within the Collaboration Engagement Domain Task Force.

In the fall of 2014, Dr. Dolor joined Vanderbilt part-time as a Consultant/Adjunct Associate Professor of Medicine within the Division of General Internal Medicine. Her role is to assist in the formation of the Meharry-Vanderbilt Clinical Research Network, a PBRN in the mid-Tennessee region.  In addition, she is a co-investigator on the Mid-South Clinical Data Research Network, a PCORnet awardee, to build the partnership with the community practices for comparative effectiveness studies that will utilize the electronic health records/information system infrastructure of the CDRN. 

Education and Training

  • Fellow in General Internal Medicine, Medicine, Duke University, 1994 - 1995
  • Medical Resident, Medicine, Duke University, 1991 - 1994
  • M.D., Duke University, 1991

Publications

Zhang, Lili, Devvora Olalere, Thomas Mayrhofer, Daniel O. Bittner, Hamed Emami, Nina M. Meyersohn, Stefan B. Puchner, et al. “Differences in Cardiovascular Risk, Coronary Artery Disease, and Cardiac Events Between Black and White Individuals Enrolled in the PROMISE Trial.” Jama Cardiol 7, no. 3 (March 1, 2022): 259–67. https://doi.org/10.1001/jamacardio.2021.5340.

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34935857
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Johnson, Karen C., Anastassios G. Pittas, Karen L. Margolis, Anne L. Peters, Lawrence S. Phillips, Ellen M. Vickery, Jason Nelson, et al. “Safety and tolerability of high-dose daily vitamin D3 supplementation in the vitamin D and type 2 diabetes (D2d) study-a randomized trial in persons with prediabetes.” Eur J Clin Nutr, February 9, 2022. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41430-022-01068-8.

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35140313
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Rasouli, Neda, Irwin G. Brodsky, Ranee Chatterjee, Sun H. Kim, Richard E. Pratley, Myrlene A. Staten, Anastassios G. Pittas, and Anastassios G. D2d Research Group. “Effects of Vitamin D Supplementation on Insulin Sensitivity and Secretion in Prediabetes.” J Clin Endocrinol Metab 107, no. 1 (January 1, 2022): 230–40. https://doi.org/10.1210/clinem/dgab649.

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34473295
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Shelton, Rachel C., Rowena J. Dolor, Jonathan Tobin, Ana Baumann, Catherine Rohweder, Sapana Patel, and Laura-Mae Baldwin. “Dissemination and implementation science resources, training, and scientific activities provided through CTSA programs nationally: Opportunities to advance D&I research and training capacity.” J Clin Transl Sci 6, no. 1 (2022): e41. https://doi.org/10.1017/cts.2022.377.

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35574154
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Berkowitz, Callie M., Jessica Ma, Jared Lowe, and Rowena J. Dolor. “Assessing Quality in Advance Care Planning Documentation: A Survey of Current Methods.” Am J Hosp Palliat Care, December 28, 2021, 10499091211060340. https://doi.org/10.1177/10499091211060341.

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34961362
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Vemulapalli, Sreekanth, Amanda Stebbins, W Schuyler Jones, J Antonio Gutierrez, Manesh R. Patel, Rowena J. Dolor, Patricia A. Pellikka, Brooke Alhanti, Udo Hoffmann, and Pamela S. Douglas. “Cardiovascular risk and outcomes in symptomatic patients with suspected coronary artery disease and non coronary vascular disease: A report from the PROMISE trial.” Am Heart J 242 (December 2021): 82–91. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ahj.2021.07.010.

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34384742
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WHITE, E. M. I. L. Y., E. L. I. Z. A. B. E. T. H. FREIHEIT, B. A. R. B. A. R. A. YAWN, M. E. I. L. A. N. HAN, F. E. R. N. A. N. D. O. MARTINEZ, B. A. R. R. Y. MAKE, D. A. V. I. D. MANNINO, et al. “COVID-19 DATA FROM THE PRIMARY CARE POPULATION OF THE CAPTURE STUDY.” In Chest, 160:A1964–66. Elsevier BV, 2021. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chest.2021.07.1742.

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Luo, Zhehui, Mark Gritz, Lauri Connelly, Rowena J. Dolor, Phoutdavone Phimphasone-Brady, Hanyue Li, Laurie Fitzpatrick, McKinzie Gales, Nikita Shah, and Jodi Summers Holtrop. “A Survey of Primary Care Practices on Their Use of the Intensive Behavioral Therapy for Obese Medicare Patients.” J Gen Intern Med 36, no. 9 (September 2021): 2700–2708. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11606-021-06596-w.

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Chatterjee, Ranee, Paul Fuss, Ellen M. Vickery, Erin S. LeBlanc, Patricia R. Sheehan, Michael R. Lewis, Rowena J. Dolor, et al. “Vitamin D Supplementation for Prevention of Cancer: The D2d Cancer Outcomes (D2dCA) Ancillary Study.” J Clin Endocrinol Metab 106, no. 9 (August 18, 2021): 2767–78. https://doi.org/10.1210/clinem/dgab153.

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33693713
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Moise, Nathalie, Karina W. Davidson, Gregory N. Clarke, Rowena J. Dolor, Karen L. Margolis, and Ian M. Kronish. “Differences in the Prevalence of Screen-Detected Depression After Acute Coronary Syndrome Between Health Systems in the USA: Findings from CODIACS-QoL Randomized Controlled Trial.” J Gen Intern Med, August 5, 2021. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11606-021-07049-0.

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34355350
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