Karina Davidson, PhD is Dean of Academic Affairs, Director of the Institute of Health System Science at the Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research, Endowed Donald and Barbara Zucker Professor in Health Outcomes at the Zucker School of Medicine and Senior Vice President, Research at Northwell Health. For more than 25 years she has served in leadership roles for teams focused on the advancement of scientific and patient care missions, through both the generation and implementation of research-based evidence. She has been the principal investigator of more than 27 federally funded grants and authored over 300 peer-reviewed articles. Recently, Dr Davidson served as Chair of the United States Preventive Services Task Force. She has a PhD in clinical health psychology and an M.A.Sc in Industrial/Organizational Psychology.
Dr Davidson’s research focuses on innovations in personalized trials and healthcare systems to manage chronic disease and patient symptoms that incorporate patient preferences and values. Personalized (N-of-1) Trials are a form of evidence generation designed to identify precision therapies to improve a single patient’s symptoms, conditions or behaviours, and promote their overall health and wellness. Dr Davidson was awarded the NIH Transformative R01 grant to accomplish the vision of reimagining the process by which therapies are tested in the clinical encounter, with the goal of identifying therapies that will provide maximal benefit and minimal harm for each individual patient. Dr Davidson has spearheaded the NIH-funded MAVEN: Developing Diverse Senior Scientist Leaders. This project aims to increase the diversity of the scientific workforce at the senior level by providing mid-career scientists from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds with key skills to navigate productive, engaging, and rewarding senior faculty positions and science portfolios. Led by Dr Davidson, the Institute of Health System Science is also home to several other cutting-edge research programs, including many learning health system innovations, also aimed at improving patient care. Additionally, in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic, the Institute launched the Northwell Health COVID-19 Research Consortium with the purpose of providing rapid, rigorous and transparent reporting of the clinical-care expertise and scientific advances that emerge from the health system. In doing so, the Consortium assists other health systems and the public at large in the management of their response to the disease.