Nazleen Bharmal


Nazleen H. Bharmal, MD, PhD, MPP

Nazleen H. Bharmal, MD, PhD, MPP, Director of Science and Policy, Office of the Surgeon General, Office of Assistant Secretary of Health, U.S. Department of Health, 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.