Samuel Cykert, MD, is a clinician and health services researcher in the Division of General Medicine and Clinical Epidemiology. He is also Director of the UNC School of Medicine Program on Health and Clinical Informatics, and the Associate Director for Medical Education for the NC AHEC Program. Dr. Cykert’s research interests include rapid dissemination and implementation of new evidence across community practices, enhancing chronic care management including techniques involving community outreach, and interventions to reduce racial disparities in health and healthcare. As part of this effort he served as PI or co-PI on several large, multi-site grants that combine clinical and public health outreach through patient and community engagement. These include the Carolina Heart Alliance Networking for Greater Equity (CHANGE), which utilizes community health workers to promote health diet, exercise, smoking cessation, and medication adherence as part of both primary and secondary prevention strategies; the Accountability for Cancer Care through Undoing Racism (ACCURE) study, a community-prioritized, system-based intervention designed to identify institutional racism in cancer care systems and investigate how these systems can be changed to reduce racial inequity in quality and completion of treatment for Stage 1-2 breast and lung cancer patients; and Heart Health Now, the North Carolina Cooperative for AHRQ’s Evidence Now project, which partners with AHEC practice support teams and small practices to reduce cardiovascular risk for their adult patients using the latest prevention strategies.
Professor, UNC-Chapel Hill