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Madeline R. Sterling, MD, MPH, MS

Physician and Researcher

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Dr. Sterling is a board-certified practicing general internist and health services researcher. She is an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of General Internal Medicine at Weill Cornell Medicine and the Director of the Initiative on Home Care Work at Cornell University.

Dr. Sterling's research aims to improve health and healthcare delivery for adults with cardiovascular disease and other chronic conditions to enable them to remain at home with optimal quality of life and avoid unnecessary hospitalizations. To do this, she focuses on home health care, and in particular, leveraging the role of home care services and home health aides to improve patient care. Despite being the minute-to-minute observers of patients in the home, research and interventions have rarely focused on this marginalized workforce. Her work seeks to change that and the way that clinicians interact with this large untapped segment of the healthcare sector. She believes that this paradigm shift has the potential to make a profound impact on clinical care and healthcare delivery for patients with chronic conditions. Her program of research includes both observational studies, interventions, and clinical and implementation trials. To conduct these studies, she partners with the largest healthcare union in the US and home care agencies locally and nationally.

She has published 90-peer reviewed articles, received numerous research awards, and obtained several grants as PI, including a K23  Award and a R01 Award from the NIH’s National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), a Doris Duke Clinical Scientist Development Award, and a Second Century Implementation Science Award from the American Heart Association, among others.

This website pertains to research. For information about Dr. Sterling's clinical practice: https://weillcornell.org/madeline-sterling-md

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