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Howard S. Gordon, MD

Dr. Howard Gordon
Dr. Gordon is a general internist and staff physician at Jesse Brown VAMC and Professor of Medicine at University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine.  He studied electrical engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, completed his medical training at University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, and completed internship and residency in internal medicine at University Hospitals of Cleveland and the Cleveland VAMC.  He stayed at University Hospitals in Cleveland and Case Western Reserve University to complete a three year Health Services Research Fellowship with selected Statistics and Health Policy coursework in 1996.  Dr. Gordon moved his research program to Chicago in 2006 after almost ten years at Baylor College of Medicine and Houston VAMC.  Dr. Gordon is board certified in internal medicine.  He is an active clinician, teaching medical students and residents in the clinic at the Jesse Brown VAMC.  He is a member of the senior staff, the assistant director of CINCCH at JBVAMC, and is co-chair of the Institutional Review Board at Jesse Brown VAMC.

Dr. Gordon’s research interests focus on provider-patient communication and understanding, reducing, and eliminating racial disparities in healthcare.  His research interests also include using health information technology to help patients manage their health and developing the infrastructure for multisite research using electronic health record data.  His research has involved the assessment and development of interventions to improve doctors’ and patients’ communication skills and using state of the art risk adjustment methods to compare and assess outcomes in hospitalized patients.  Dr. Gordon has served as principal investigator or project leader on several national grants.  He recently completed a randomized trial of the “Speak Up” video intervention to help patients talk to their doctors entitled, “A randomized trial of an educational intervention in type 2 Diabetes Patients” and he developed a version of the “Speak Up” video for clinical video telehealth that was tested in another VA HSRD funded project. Dr. Gordon collaborates with several investigators nationally in the VA and is a site PI for research projects investigating the relationship of cultural competency with doctor-patient communication and a video-based intervention to improve hypertension control in African-American Veterans. Dr. Gordon has a joint appointment with the VA and the University of Illinois at Chicago.

updated 2-25-20