Vandana Sundaram is CHP/PCOR's assistant director of research, as well as a project manager. As assistant director, she works with the CHP/PCOR leadership to ensure that the centers' research, educational and outreach goals are met. Since 2000, she has managed several large-scale projects, based at both Stanford and at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System. Among these projects are the development of a scientific basis for HIV screening guidelines among veterans (analyzing current practices and implementing interventions to improve HIV screening practices among health care providers); systematic reviews of the effect of quality improvement strategies in areas of health care with a known quality gap (diabetes, hypertension, medication management and care coordination); and the use of modeling to assist in resource allocation decisions for HIV/AIDS prevention and control.
Before joining CHP/PCOR, Sundaram contributed to policy formulation as an epidemiologist at the New York City Health Department, where she focused on the areas of tuberculosis control and maternal and child health. She has a master's degree in public health from Yale University and a bachelor's degree in economics from Madras University, India.