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    Stella Safo, M.D.

Stella Safo, M.D.

M.D., M.P.H.
Chief Clinical Transformation Officer, Vice President Premier Research Operations

Dr. Stella Safo is the Chief Clinical Transformation Officer for Premier Applied Sciences®, the research and analytics division of Premier, and is a practicing HIV physician. Using clinical insights and population health management experience, Safo informs design and implementation of Premier’s prospective research projects. Her own research centers around HIV/AIDS, specifically pre-exposure prophylaxis and practice improvement. She a respected author with peer-reviewed publications including: Safo, Stella A., et al. "Pain is Associated with Missed Clinic Visits Among HIV-Positive Women." AIDS and Behavior (2016); Safo, Stella, et al. “A place at the table: A qualitative analysis of community board members’ experiences with academic HIV/AIDS research." BMC Medical Research Methodology (2016); and Safo, S. A., Batchelder, A., Peyser, D., & Litwin, A. “The common sense model applied to Hepatitis C: A qualitative analysis of the impact of disease comparison.” Harm Reduction Journal (2015). Previously, Safo served as senior clinical medical director, overseeing ambulatory practice transformation at Mount Sinai Health System in NYC. Honors include the 2018 Award for Community Advocacy in HIV Medicine from the New York Department of Health and the Women’s Advisory Board, and induction as a Fellow in the prestigious New York Academy of Medicine. In 2020, Modern Healthcare listed Safo as a “Top 25 Minority Leader to Watch.” She has served as lead for the Minority in Medicine special interest group for the Society of General Internal Medicine (SGIM) and is an active member of the Health Equity Committee (HEC) at SGIM. Safo earned her bachelor’s degree from Harvard College, medical degree from Harvard Medical School and master’s in public health from the Harvard School of Public Health.

Featured Publications

Safo, Stella A., et al. (2017). Pain is associated with missed clinic visits among HIV-positive women. AIDS and Behavior 21.6, 1782-1790. https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10461-016-1475-x

Safo, Stella, et al. (2016). “A place at the table:” a qualitative analysis of community board members’ experiences with academic HIV/AIDS research. BMC medical research methodology 16.1: 80. https://bmcmedresmethodol.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12874-016-0181-8

Safo, Stella A., et al. (2015). The common sense model applied to hepatitis C: a qualitative analysis of the impact of disease comparison and witnessed death on hepatitis C illness perception. Harm reduction journal 12.1, 20. https://harmreductionjournal.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12954-015-0054-1

Education

  • M.P.H., Harvard School of Public Health
  • M.D., Harvard Medical School
  • B.A., Harvard College

Certifications

Fellow
New York Academy of Medicine

2018 Award for Community Advocacy in HIV Medicine
New York Department of Health and the Women’s Advisory Board

2020 Top 25 Minority Leaders to Watch
Modern Healthcare

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