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

Ladapo, Joseph A., Karina W. Davidson, Nathalie Moise, Alexander Chen, Gregory N. Clarke, Rowena J. Dolor, Karen L. Margolis, Anusorn Thanataveerat, and Ian M. Kronish. “Economic outcomes of depression screening after acute coronary syndromes: The CODIACS-QoL randomized clinical trial.” Gen Hosp Psychiatry 71 (July 2021): 47–54. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.genhosppsych.2021.04.001.

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33933921
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Shade, Lindsay, Thomas Ludden, Rowena J. Dolor, Jacqueline Halladay, Kelly Reeves, Jennifer Rees, Lori Hendrickson, Paul Bray, and Hazel Tapp. “Using the Consolidated Framework for Implementation Research (CFIR) to evaluate implementation effectiveness of a facilitated approach to an asthma shared decision making intervention.” J Asthma 58, no. 4 (April 2021): 554–63. https://doi.org/10.1080/02770903.2019.1702200.

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31868043
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Goldstein, Karen M., Jennifer M. Gierisch, Matthew Tucker, John W. Williams, Rowena J. Dolor, and Wendy Henderson. “Options for Meaningful Engagement in Clinical Research for Busy Frontline Clinicians.” J Gen Intern Med, February 2, 2021. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11606-020-06587-3.

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33528778
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Winhusen, Theresa, Marian Wilson, Rowena J. Dolor, Jeff Theobald, Daniel Lewis, Saundra L. Regan, and Mary Beth Vonder Meulen. “Design considerations for a remote randomized multi-site clinical trial evaluating an e-health self-management program for chronic pain patients receiving opioid therapy.” Contemp Clin Trials 101 (February 2021): 106245. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cct.2020.106245.

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33309947
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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, January 22, 2021. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11606-021-06596-w.

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Batch, Bryan C., Susan E. Spratt, Dan V. Blalock, Chad Benditz, Andi Weiss, Rowena J. Dolor, and Alex H. Cho. “General Behavioral Engagement and Changes in Clinical and Cognitive Outcomes of Patients with Type 2 Diabetes Using the Time2Focus Mobile App for Diabetes Education: Pilot Evaluation.” J Med Internet Res 23, no. 1 (January 20, 2021): e17537. https://doi.org/10.2196/17537.

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33470947
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Yawn, Barbara P., Meilan Han, Barry M. Make, David Mannino, Randall W. Brown, Catherine Meldrum, Susan Murray, et al. “Protocol Summary of the COPD Assessment in Primary Care To Identify Undiagnosed Respiratory Disease and Exacerbation Risk (CAPTURE) Validation in Primary Care Study.” Chronic Obstr Pulm Dis 8, no. 1 (January 2021). https://doi.org/10.15326/jcopdf.2020.0155.

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Meldrum, Catherine, Wassim Labaki, Barry Make, Nancy Elder, Fernando Martinez, David Mannino, Rowena Dolor, et al. “RESPIRATORY SYMPTOM ASSESSMENT OF PATIENTS SEEN IN A PRIMARY CARE SETTING.” In Chest, 158:A1767–69. Elsevier BV, 2020. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chest.2020.08.1545.

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Rieck, Lauren, Barbara Yawn, Bruce Bender, Catherine Meldrum, Rowena Dolor, Nancy Elder, Min Joo, et al. “EFFECTIVENESS OF A COPD INTERVENTION FOR PRIMARY CARE TEAMS: EDUCATIONAL OUTCOMES IN THE CAPTURE COPD STUDY.” In Chest, 158:A2645–47. Elsevier BV, 2020. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chest.2020.09.231.

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Rieck, Lauren, Barbara Yawn, Bruce Bender, Catherine Meldrum, Rowena Dolor, Nancy Elder, Min Joo, et al. “EFFECTIVENESS OF A COPD INTERVENTION FOR PRIMARY CARE TEAMS: EDUCATIONAL OUTCOMES IN THE CAPTURE COPD STUDY.” In Chest, 158:A1351–53. Elsevier BV, 2020. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chest.2020.08.2128.

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