Brenda Sirovich is a general internist, researcher, and educator at The Dartmouth Institute and Geisel School of Medicine. Practicing at the VA Medical Center in White River Junction, Vermont, Sirovich has been caring for and learning from her veteran patients for nearly 20 years, and also attends on the in-patient medicine service. Along with Phil Goodney, she co-directs the VA Outcomes Group, a small multidisciplinary research group, where she enjoys mentoring fellows and junior faculty in many specialties. Her research examines clinical practice intensity—the tendency of clinicians to order tests, referrals, and treatments for patients, exploring both causes and consequences of different practice patterns. Delighted to be entering her 8th year directing an intermediate level Epidemiology and Biostatistics elective in the Institute’s residential MS/MPH program, From Observational Data to Valid Inference: Regression and Other Approaches, she has also been deeply involved (some might aptly say buried) in building and directing a new 2-year course sequence at Geisel. Now in its 3rd year, Patients & Populations: Improving Health & Healthcare seeks to develop in medical students the knowledge, capabilities, and motivation to allow them to make a difference on a larger scale, improving the health of communities and populations, and the effectiveness and value of health care.
Sirovich is a proud graduate of Hunter College High School (NYC). She earned a BA in applied mathematics from Harvard College, an MD from the Yale University School of Medicine, and an MS from the Center for Evaluative Clinical Sciences at Dartmouth (now The Dartmouth Institute).