Utibe R. Essien, MD, MPH

  • Assistant Professor of Medicine
  • Core Investigator, Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion, VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System

Dr. Essien is a health services researcher and practicing general internist who conducts research on racial/ethnic health disparities. His specific focus is on the use of novel therapeutics and technologies in the management of chronic diseases and understanding mechanisms by which differences exist in their uptake and diffusion.

As a General Medicine Fellow, Dr. Essien applied innovative methods to study whether racial/ethnic differences exist in the use of novel anticoagulants in patients with atrial fibrillation, including after controlling for patient-level socioeconomic status factors. Additionally, he examined the role of social determinants such as food insecurity and housing instability on patients with diabetes.

Currently, Dr. Essien is a Core Investigator in the Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion in the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System. He is studying patient, provider, and system-level predictors of use of novel treatments in chronic disease management among Veterans. He is also interested in developing patient-centered interventions to increase knowledge of therapeutic options.

Education & Training

  • BA in Psychology, New York University, 2007
  • MD, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, 2013
  • MPH in Clinical Effectiveness, T.H. Chan Harvard School of Public Health, 2018
  • Internal Medicine Residency (Primary Care), Massachusetts General Hospital, 2016
  • General Internal Medicine / Primary Care Research Fellowship, Massachusetts General Hospital / Harvard Medical School, 2018