Nazleen Bharmal


Nazleen H. Bharmal, MD, PhD, MPP

Nazleen H. Bharmal, MD, PhD, MPP, Medical Director, Community Partnerships, Cleveland Clinic Community Care, received a Doctorate in Medicine from Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, a Doctorate of Philosophy in Health Services from the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, and a Master of Public Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Cambridge, MA. Dr. Bharmal, a former Scholar in the UCLA Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Clinical Scholars Program, is interested in stroke-risk reduction interventions administered through community-based organizations that provide healthcare enrollment, health-system navigation and health education and advocacy programs for low-income, often undocumented, South Asian immigrants primarily living in the ethnic enclaves.




“Cultural adaptation of stroke risk reduction curriculum for low-income South-Asian older adults.” Dr. Bharmal’s RCMAR/CHIME- and UCLA CTSI-funded project was aimed at culturally tailoring a stroke risk factor reduction/walking promotion curriculum for low-income South-Asian seniors through input from a community advisory board (CAB) and older-adult focus-group sessions, and measuring the feasibility of implementing and evaluating the intervention in senior centers through key stakeholder interviews with center leadership, staff and clients.


  • Bharmal N, Hays RD, McCarthy WJ. Validity of temporal measures as proxies for measuring acculturation in Asian Indian survey respondents. J Immigr Minor Health. 2014 Oct;16(5):889-97. doi: 10.1007/s10903-013-9837-1.PMID:23649666. PMCID: PMC3905052.
  • Clarke R, Bharmal N, Di Capua P, Tseng CH, Mangione CM, Mittman B, Skootsky SA. Innovative approach to patient-centered care coordination in primary care practices. Am J Manag Care. 2015 Sep;21(9):623-30. PubMed PMID: 26618365.
  • Kwon I, Bharmal N, Choi S, Araiza D, Moore MR, Trejo L, Sarkisian CA. Older Ethnic Minority Women’s Perceptions of Stroke Prevention and Walking. Womens Health Issues. 2016 Jan-Feb;26(1):80-6. doi: 10.1016/j.whi.2015.08.003. Epub 2015 Sep 26. PubMed PMID: 26411494; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4690776.
  • Bharmal N, Lucas-Wright AA, Vassar SD, Jones F, Jones L, Wells R, Cienega J, Brown AF. A Community Engagement Symposium to Prevent and Improve Stroke Outcomes in Diverse Communities. Prog Community Health Partnersh. 2016 Spring;10(1):149-58. doi: 10.1353/cpr.2016.0010. PubMed PMID: 27018364.