Tara Lagu

Lagu-1474_2Tara Lagu, M.D., M.P.H, is an Academic Hospitalist in the Center for Quality of Care Research and Department of Medicine at Baystate Medical Center and an Assistant Professor at the Tufts University School of Medicine. After graduating with her MD/MPH from the Yale University School of Medicine, she completed a General Internal Medicine Residency at Brown. From 2005-2008, she was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania, where she developed her research interest in the quality of health care in the United States. Currently, her work is focused on improving quality and reducing costs of health care in the United States and, in particular, improving access to care for patients with disabilities. She spends much of her free time thinking about, growing, talking about, taking pictures of, and eating heirloom tomatoes. Her favorite variety is Cherokee Purple.


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Robinson E, Lagu T. TRANSFORM-ing Patient Safety Culture: A Universal Imperative. J Gen Intern Med. 2015 Apr;30(4):384-6.

Lagu T, Griffin C, Lindenauer PK. Ensuring Access to Health Care for Patients with DisabilitiesJAMA Internal Medicine. 2014 Dec 8. [Epub ahead of print]

Lagu T. “Less is More” and The House of God: Was the Fat Man right again? JAMA Internal Medicine. 2015 Mar 1;175(3):459-60.

Lagu T, Iezzoni L, Lindenauer PK. The Axes of Access – Improving Care Quality for Patients with Disabilities. N Engl J Med. 2014 May 8;370(19):1847-51.

Lindenauer PK, Lagu T, Ross JS, Pekow PS, Shatz A, Hannon N, Rothberg MB, Benjamin EM. Attitudes of Hospital Leaders Toward Publicly Reported Measures of Health Care Quality. JAMA Internal Medicine. 2014. [Epub ahead of print]

Lagu T, Zilberberg MD, Tjia J, Pekow PS, Lindenauer PK. Use of Mechanical Ventilation by Patients with and without Dementia, 2001-2011. JAMA Internal Medicine. 2014 Jun;174(6):999-1001.

Lagu T, Hannon NS, Rothberg MB, Green KL, Wells A, Green KL, Windom MO, Dempsey KR, Pekow PS, Chen A, Lindenauer PK. Access to Subspecialty Care for Patients with Mobility Impairment: A Survey. Ann Intern Med 2013 Mar 19;158(6):441-446.

Lagu T, Rothberg MB, Nathanson BH, Hannon NS, Steingrub JS, Lindenauer, PK. Contributors to variation in hospital spending for critically ill patients with sepsis. Healthcare. 2013; 1: 30-36.

Lagu T, Krumholz HM, Dharmarajan K, Partovian C, Kim N, Mody PS, Li SX, Strait KM, Lindenauer PK. Spending more,doing more, or both? An alternative method for quantifying utilization during hospitalizations. J Hosp Med. 2013 Jun 12. [Epub ahead of print]

Lindenauer PK, Lagu T, Rothberg MB, Avrunin J, Pekow PS, Wang Y, Krumholz HM. Income inequality and 30-day outcomes following acute myocardial infarction, heart failure, and pneumonia: an observational study. BMJ 2013 Feb 14;346:f521.

Lagu T, Goff SL, Hannon NS, Shatz A, Lindenauer PK. A mixed-methods analysis of patient reviews of hospital care in England: implications for public reporting of health care quality data in the United States. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf 2013 Jan;39(1):7–15.

Lindenauer PK, Lagu T, Shieh MS, Pekow PS, Rothberg MB. Association of diagnostic coding with trends in hospitalizations and mortality of patients with pneumonia, 2003-2009. JAMA 2012 Apr 4;307(13):1405-13.

Lagu T, Rothberg MB, Nathanson BH, Pekow PS, Steingrub JS, Lindenauer PK. The relationship between hospital spending and mortality in sepsis. Arch Intern Med 2011;171(4):292-299.

Lagu T and Lindenauer PK. Putting the public back in public reporting of health care quality. JAMA 2010;304(15).

Lagu T, Hannon NS, Rothberg MB, Lindenauer PK. Patients’ evaluations of health care providers in the era of social networking: an analysis of physician-rating websites. J Gen Intern Med 2010 Sep; 25(9):942-6. Epub 2010 May 13.

Lagu T, Kaufman EJ, Asch DA, Armstrong K. Content of weblogs written by health professionals. J Gen Intern Med 2008; 23(10):1642-6.


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