Dr. Carrie Klabunde joined the ODP in January 2015 and led efforts to identify prevention research areas for investment across the NIH. Dr. Klabunde, who retired in June 2021 and continues to work with the ODP as a part-time consultant, currently provides scientific oversight and consultation on ODP activities related to those efforts. Dr. Klabunde also serves as the NIH liaison to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force and as the scientific advisor for the ODP’s Pathways to Prevention program. She is a health services researcher with over 30 years of experience in prevention and health care delivery research, management, and policy.
Before joining the ODP, Dr. Klabunde was an Epidemiologist and Program Director at the National Cancer Institute, where she conducted research to evaluate the organization and delivery of cancer care, with an emphasis on cancer screening delivery in primary care practice. She also developed and managed an extramural research program to improve the utilization, delivery, and outcomes of colorectal cancer screening in the United States. Dr. Klabunde has expertise in survey research, claims data analysis, and comorbidity measurement. She has published over 160 articles in clinical and public health literature. Prior to joining the NIH in 1996, she held positions in health care management and health policy/systems research.
Dr. Klabunde earned a Doctor of Philosophy in health policy and management from Gillings School of Global Public Health, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She also earned a Master of Health Science and a Master of Business Administration in health services administration from University of Florida.