MA Tonette Krousel-Wood    

M.A. "Tonette" Krousel-Wood, MD
Associate Dean / Associate Provost for Health Sciences
Professor of Epidemiology
Department of Epidemiology
Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
1440 Canal Street, Suite 2430
New Orleans, LA 70112
Phone: (504) 988-7055
Fax: (504) 988-5718


Research Interests:

Outcomes research; medication adherence evaluation  


Educational Background:

  • MD, 1986, Louisiana State University School of Medicine
  • Preventive medicine residency, 1990-1992, Tulane University MSPH, Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, 1991
  • Internal Medicine Internship, Ochsner Clinic Foundation, 1987-88
  • Internal medicine/health services research, Ochsner, 1988-1990

Professional Achievements:


  • Elected 2010 Trustee, American Board of Preventive Medicine
  • 2010 Researcher of the Year -- Ochsner Clinic Foundation
  • Elected 2009 Council Member, Southern Societies for Clinical Investigation (SSCI)
  • Elected 2008 Fellow of the American Heart Association
  • 2008-2010 National Institutes of Health Study Section Chair
  • 2007-2008 Principal Investigator, MD/MPH Program Evaluation, Tulane Health Sciences Center
  • 2006 Tulane/Xavier Women's Health Research Symposium Award
  • 2005-2009 Principal Investigator, Cohort Study of Medication Adherence in Older Adults, National Institutes of Health
  • 2003 Manuscript Award, Journal of Telemedicine and eHealth
  • Health Services Organization and Delivery – Study Section (HSOD), 2003-present American College of Preventive Medicine Fellow
  • 1992-present Delta Omega Honor Society

Selected Publications:

Krousel-Wood M, Joyce C, Holt EW, Levitan EB, Dornelles A, Webber LS, Muntner P. Development and Evaluation of a Self-Report Tool to Predict Low Pharmacy Refill Adherence in Elderly Patients with Uncontrolled Hypertension. Pharmacotherapy. 2013 May 3. doi: 10.1002/phar.1275.

Holt E, Joyce C, Dornelles A, Morisky D, Webber LS, Muntner P, Krousel-Wood M. Sex Differences in Barriers to Antihypertensive Medication Adherence: Findings from the Cohort Study of Medication Adherence Among Older Adults. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2013 Mar 25. doi: 10.1111/jgs.12171.

Krousel-Wood M, He J, Booth M, Chen CS, Rice J, Kahn MJ, Maeshiro R, Whelton PK. Formal public health education and career outcomes of medical school graduates. PLoS One. 2012;7(6):e39020. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0039020. Epub 2012 Jun 20.

Irvin MR, Shimbo D, Mann DM, Reynolds K, Krousel-Wood M, Limdi NA, Lackland DT, Calhoun DA, Oparil S, Muntner P. Prevalence and Correlates of Low Medication Adherence in Apparent Treatment-Resistant Hypertension. J Clin Hypertens (Greenwich). 2012 Oct;14(10):694-700. doi: 10.1111/j.1751-7176.2012.00690.x. Epub 2012 Aug 3.

Krousel-Wood M, Muntner P, Carson A, Anderson AH, Delaune E, Cushman WC, Cutler JA, Piller LB, Goforth GA, Whelton PK. Hypertension control among newly treated patients before and after publication of the main ALLHAT results and JNC 7 guidelines. J Clin Hypertens (Greenwich). 2012 May;14(5):277-83. doi: 10.1111/j.1751-7176.2012.00609.x. Epub 2012 Mar 16.

Krousel-Wood M, He J, Booth M, Chen CS, Rice J, Kahn MJ, Maeshiro R, Whelton PK. "Formal public health education and career outcomes of medical school graduates". PLoS One. 2012;7(6):e39020. Epub 2012 Jun 20.

Krousel T, Garcas N, Rothschild H: Familial Clustering of Mesothelioma: A Report on Three Affected Persons in One Family. Am J Prev Med 2:186-188, 1986.

Re RN, Krousel-Wood M: How to Use Continuous Quality Improvement Theory and Statistical Quality Control Tools in a Multispecialty Clinic. Quality Review Bulletin 16:391-397, 1990.

Krousel-Wood MA
, McCune T, Abdoh A, Re RN: Predicting Work Status for Patients in an Occupational Medicine Setting Who Report Back Pain. Archives of Family Medicine 3:349-355, 1994.

Krousel-Wood MA, Re RN: Health Status Assessment in a Hypertension Section of Internal Medicine. The American Journal of Medical Sciences 308: 211-217, 1994.

Krousel-Wood MA, Abdoh A, Re RN: Comparison of Three Different Comorbid Illness Indices in the Assessment of Outcomes: The Case of Prostatectomy. J. Gen. Intern. Med. 11:32-38; 1996.

Krousel-Wood MA, Gomez NF, Re RN, Carpentier WS, Dailey G, Rizzo N, and the Investigators of the N.C.R.C: The National Clinics Research Consortium's (NCRC) Use of Administrative Databases for Collaborative Study: The Case of Prostatectomy. Am J Managed Care; 2:269-275, 1996.

The Working Group of the Appropriateness Project of the Academic Medical Center Consortium: The Appropriateness of Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Surgery in Academic Medical Center. Ann. Intern. Med., 125:8-18; 1996.

Appropriateness Project Investigators of the AMCC: Influence of Projected Complication Rates on Estimated Appropriate Use Rates for Carotid Endarterectomy. Health Services Research 32: 325-342, 1997.

Harjai KJ, Boulos LM, Smart FW, Turgut T, Krousel-Wood MA, Stapleton DD, Mehra MR, Murgo JP, Ventura HO: Effects of Caregiver Specialty on Cost and Clinical Outcomes Following Hospitalization for Heart Failure (Diagnosis - Related Group 127) American Journal of Cardiology 82: 82-85, 1998.

Chambers R, Krousel-Wood MA, Re R: Combined Quality Improvement Ratio (CQuIR): A Method for a More Robust Evaluation of Changes in Screening Rates. Joint Commission Journal on Quality Improvement 27: 101-106, 2001.

Bradford WD, Kleit AN, Krousel-Wood MA, Re RN: Stochastic Frontier Estimation of Cost Methods Within the Hospital. Review of Economics and Statistics, 83:302-309,2001.

Krousel-Wood MA, Re R, Abdoh A, Bradford D, Kleit A, Chambers R, Altobello C, Ginther B: The Effects of Education on Patients' Willingness to Participate in a Clinical Study of Telemedicine Targeting Medical Care of Hypertensives. Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare, 7:281-287, 2001.

Bradford D, Kleit A, Krousel-Wood MA, Re RN: Testing the Efficacy of Telemedicine: A Detection Controlled Estimation Approach. Health Economics, 10: 553-564, 2001.

Krousel-Wood MA, Re R, Abdoh A, Bradford D, Kleit A, Chambers R, Altobello C, Ginther B, Gomez N: Patient and Physician Satisfaction in a Clinical Study of Telemedicine in a Hypertensive Patient Population. Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare. 7:206-211, 2001.

Krousel-Wood MA, Re RN, Abdoh A, Gomez N, Chambers R, Bradford D, Kleit A: A Method to Report Utilization for Quality Initiatives in Medical Facilities. The Ochsner Journal. 3: 200-206, 2001.

Pigman HT, Gan DX, Krousel-Wood A: Role of Exercise for Type 2 Diabetic Patient Management. Southern Medical Journal, 95:72-76, 2002.

Bradford WD, Kleit AN, Krousel-Wood MA, Re RN: A Two-Part Model of the Cost of Treating Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia and the Impact of Innovation. Applied Economics, 34:1291-1299, 2002.

Andersson H, Krousel-Wood MA, Jackson K, Lubin I: Medical Genetic Test Reporting in Molecular Cystic Fibrosis and Factor V Leiden Tests Based on Solicited Reports from North American Laboratories. Genetics in Medicine 4: 324-327, 2002.

Saba J, Quinet RJ, Davis WE, Krousel-Wood MA, Chambers R, Gomez, N, Serebro L, Nair Priya: Inverse Correlation of Each Functional Status Scale of the SF-36 with Degree of Disease Activity in Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (m-SLAM), Joint Bone Spine, in press 2003.

Krousel-Wood MA, Chambers RC, Re RN, Nitzken P, Cortez L: Application of the Combined Quality Improvement Ratio (CQuIR) in the Evaluation of a Quality Improvement Activity (QIA) in a Managed Care Organization (MCO). American Journal of Medical Quality 18: 117-121, 2003.

Krousel-Wood MA, Andersson H, Rice J, Jackson KE, Rosner E, Lubin I: Physicians’ Perceived Usefulness of and Satisfaction With Test Reports for Cystic Fibrosis (DF 508) and Factor V Leiden. Genetics in Medicine 5: 166-171, 2003.

Abdoh AA, Krousel-Wood MA, Re RN: Accuracy of Telemedicine in Detecting Uncontrolled Hypertension and its Impact on Patient Management. Telemed J E Health. 9:315-323, 2003.

He J, Streiffer RH, Muntner P, Krousel-Wood MA, Whelton PK: Effect of Dietary Fiber Intake on Blood Pressure: A Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Trial. Journal of Hypertension, 21:1-8, 2003.

Krousel-Wood MA, Thomas S, Muntner P, Morisky DE: Medication Adherence: A Key Factor in Achieving Blood Pressure Control and Good Clinical Outcomes in Hypertensive Patients. Curr Opin Cardiol. 19:357-362, 2004

Krousel-Wood MA, Muntner P, He J, Whelton PK: Primary Prevention of Essential Hypertension. Medical Clinics of North America, 88:223-38, 2004.

Bradford WD, Kleit AN, Krousel-Wood MA, Re RM: Willingness to Pay for Telemedicine Assessed by the Double-Bounded Dichotomous Choice Method. J Telemed Telecare. 10(6):325-30, 2004.

Bradford WD, Kleit A, Krousel-Wood MA, Re RN: Comparing Willingness to Pay for Telemedicine Across a Chronic Heart Failure and Hypertension Population. Telemed J E Health. 11:430-8, 2005.

Krousel-Wood MA, Hyre A, Muntner P, Morisky D: Methods to Improve Medication Adherence in Hypertensive Patients: Current Status and Future Directions. Curr Opin Cardiol 20:296-300, 2005.

Krousel-Wood MA, Muntner P, Jannu A, DeSalvo K, Re RN: Reliability of a Medication Adherence Measure in an Outpatient Setting. Am J Med Sci. 330:128-133, 2005.

Krousel-Wood MA, Muntner P, Jannu A, Hyre A, Breault J: Does Waiver of Written Informed Consent from the Institutional Review Board Affect Response Rate in a Low Risk Research Study? J Invest Med 54(4):174-179, 2006.

Harmon G, Lefante J, Krousel-Wood MA. Overcoming Barriers: The Role of Providers in Improving Patient Adherence to Antihypertensive Medications. Curr Opin Cardiol 21:310-315, 2006.

Hyre A, Krousel-Wood MA, Muntner P, Kawasaki L, DeSalvo KB. Prevalence and Predictors of poor antihypertensive medication adherence in an urban health clinic setting. J Clin Hypertension 9: 179-186, 2007.

Quintos-Macasa AM, Quinet R. Spady M, Zakem J, Davis W, Menon Y, Serebro L, Krousel-Wood MA. Implementation of a Mandatory Rheumatology Osteoporosis Consultation in Patients with Low Intensity Hip Fracture. J Clin Rheumatol 13:70-2, 2007.

Hawkshead J, Krousel-Wood MA .Techniques for Measuring Medication Adherence in Hypertensive Patients in Outpatient Settings: Advantages and Limitations. Disease Management and Health Outcomes 15: 109-118, 2007.

Krousel-Wood MA, Radosevich D, Erikson C, Blonde L, Sanderson-Austin J: Quality of care indicators, health behaviors and their association with physical functioning in adults with diabetes. The Ochsner Journal 7: 158-166, 2007.

Krousel-Wood MA, Materson BJ, Whelton PK. Initial evaluation and approach to the patient with hypertension. Cardiovascular Therapeutics: A Companion to Braunwald's Heart Disease, 3rd edition. Antman EM (ed): Philadelphia, PA, Elsevier Inc, 2007, 567-577.

Krousel-Wood MA, Berger L, Jiang X, Blonde L, Myers L, Webber L. Does Home-Based Exercise Improve Body Mass Index in Patients with Type 2 Diabetes? Results of a Feasibility Trial. Diabetes Research & Clinical Practice 79:230-236, 2008.

Susic D, Krousel-Wood MA, Zhou X, Frohlich, ED. Partial Adherence to antihypertensive therapy fails to achieve full cardiovascular benefits in hypertensive Rats. Am J Med Sci 2008; 335:). (Susic and Krousel-Wood contributed equally to manuscript).

Morisky DE, Ang A, Krousel-Wood M, Ward HJ. Predictive validity of a medication adherence measure in an outpatient setting. J Clin Hypertens 2008 May;10(5):348-354.

Islam T, Muntner P, Webber LS, Morisky DE, Krousel-Wood MA. Cohort study of medication adherence in older adults (CoSMO): extended effects of Hurricane Katrina on medication adherence among older adults. Am J Med Sci. 2008 Aug;336(2):105-10.

Muntner P, Krousel-Wood M, Hyre AD, Stanley E, Cushman WC, Cutler JA, Piller LB, Goforth GA, Whelton PK. Antihypertensive prescriptions for newly treated patients before and after the main antihypertensive and lipid-lowering treatment to prevent heart attack trial results and Seventh Report of the Joint National Committee on Prevention, Detection, Evaluation, and Treatment of High Blood Pressure Guidelines. Hypertension. 2009 Feb 16.

Krousel-Wood MA
, Muntner P, Islam T, Morisky DE, Webber LS. Barriers to and Determinants of Medication Adherence in Hypertension Management: Perspective of the Cohort Study of Medication Adherence Among Older Adults. Med Clin North Am. 2009 May;93(3):753-769.

Holt E, Muntner P, Joyce CJ, Webber LS, Krousel-Wood MA. Health-related Quality of Life and Antihypertensive Medication Adherence among Older Adults. Age Aging 39:481-487, 2010 (PMCID: PMC2886202)

Krousel-Wood MA, Muntner P, Joyce C, Islam T, Stanley E,  Holt E, Morisky DE, He J, Webber LS.  Adverse effect of Complementary and Alternative Medicine Use on Antihypertensive Medication Adherence:  Findings from the Cohort Study of Medication Adherence Among Older Adults.  J Am Geriat Soc 58:54-61, 2010 (PMCID: PMC2920063).

Krousel-Wood M, Joyce C, Holt E, Muntner P, Webber LS, Morisky DE, Frohlich ED, Re RN. Predictors of Decline in Medication Adherence: Results From the Cohort Study of Medication Adherence Among Older Adults. Hypertension. 2011 Oct 3. [Epub ahead of print]

Krousel-Wood M, Muntner P, Carson A, Anderson AH, Delaune E, Cushman WC, Cutler JA, Piller LB, Goforth GA, Whelton PK. Hypertension Control Among Newly Treated Patients Before and After Publication of the Main ALLHAT Results and JNC 7 Guidelines. J Clin Hypertens (Greenwich). 2012 May;14(5):277-283. Epub 2012 Mar 16.


Personal Statement:

My research interests are focused on clinical outcomes and healthcare processes for patients with chronic diseases such as hypertension and diabetes. Recent research efforts include medication adherence in older patients with hypertension, adherence to physical activity recommendation in patients with diabetes, provider adherence to medication guidelines. Other interests include prevention and control of chronic diseases to include lifestyle modifications.


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Department of Epidemiology, 1440 Canal Street, Suite 2000, New Orleans, LA 70112, 504-988-6809