|Sunil Kripalani, MD, MSc, assistant professor of medicine in the Division of General Medicine at the Emory University School of Medicine and assistant director for research in the hospitalist program at Grady Memorial Hospital, is the recipient of the 2005 Young Investigator Award. The award, presented by the Society of Hospital Medicine this spring, recognizes Dr. Kripalani for his outstanding achievements and promise as a young researcher in hospital medicine. The Society of Hospital Medicine is the premier medical society representing hospitalists, physicians whose primary focus is the care of hospitalized patients.
Dr. Kripalani has been described as "one of the future stars in hospital medicine research" by Mark Williams, MD, professor of medicine at the Emory School of Medicine and director of the Emory Hospital Medicine Unit. Dr. Williams nominated Dr. Kripalani for the award.
"This is the fourth year the society has presented the young investigator award," says Dr. Kripalani. "It was certainly an honor to be nominated and considered alongside the prior winners."
Dr. Kripalani is one of the leading investigators in the field of patient literacy and its impact on health outcomes. He has received more than $1 million in grant funding, including a prestigious career development award from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to examine the relationship between health literacy and medication adherence after hospital discharge. He is currently the principal investigator on a randomized trial of two low-literacy interventions designed to improve medication adherence among patients with coronary heart disease. It is funded by the American Heart Association. He has also received a Pfizer Health Literacy Scholar award to establish a training program to improve physician communication with low-literacy patients.
Dr. Kripalani currently serves on the Society for Hospital Medicine Research Committee and has chaired or co-chaired the national research abstract competition for the past three years. He has authored over 20 scientific and educational publications. He also serves as a reviewer for several prominent medical journals and is co-editing an upcoming special issue on health literacy in the "Journal of General Internal Medicine."
Dr. Kripalani is a graduate of Rice University. He received his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine in 1997 and completed his internal medicine residency at Emory University in 2000, where he also completed one of the nation's first hospital medicine fellowships and earned a Master of Science degree in clinical research.