Einstein/Montefiore Department of Medicine

4-15-10: Medicine Grand Rounds

Barriers to Optimal Control of Hypertension

Einstein-Montefiore Department of Medicine Grand Rounds

Thursday, April 15, 2010

8:00 am
First Floor Lecture Hall, Forchheimer/Einstein

12:15 pm
Cherkasky Auditorium, Moses/Montefiore


Image: Gbenga Ogedegbe, MD, MPH

Gbenga Ogedegbe, MD, MPH

Associate Professor of Medicine, NYU School of Medicine
Director, NYU Langone Center for Healthful Behavior Change and Hypertension Specialty Clinic, Bellevue Ambulatory Care Practice, Bellevue Hospital Center

Dr. Gbenga Ogedegbe is a hypertension specialist and clinical epidemiologist at NYU School of Medicine.

The overall goal of Dr. Ogedegbe's research is to define strategies to improve outcomes in the management of common chronic diseases in underserved and minority populations. His work has focused specifically on the development, implementation and translation of evidence-based behavioral interventions targeted at blood pressure control in minority patients, who receive care in community-based primary care practices.

The programmatic focus of Dr. Ogedegbe's research is the translation and dissemination of evidence-based behavioral and lifestyle interventions, targeted at cardiovascular risk reduction, into primary care practices. He has extensive experience in the implementation of clinical trials of behavioral and lifestyle interventions targeted at medication adherence and blood pressure control in hypertensive African Americans who receive care in primary care practices and community-based settings.

Dr. Ogedegbe is principal investigator on several NIH-funded studies of behavioral interventions in practice and community-based settings, and co-investigator on several NIH-funded trials in diabetes management and sleep disorders.

Dr. Ogedegbe is a member of the Eighth Joint National Committee on the Detection, Evaluation, Prevention and Treatment of Hypertension (JNC-8); a Fellow of the American Heart Association (High Blood Pressure Research Council); and a Fellow of the American College of Physicians.

Dr. Ogedegbe received his MD from Donetsk State Medical Institute, Ukraine, a MPH from Columbia University, and a MS in Clinical Epidemiology from the Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences. From 1994-1997, he was a Medicine house officer in our program at Montefiore Medical Center, and from 1997-1998 he was a NIH Research Fellow with Dr. Lynette Benjamin in the Division of Hematology. That year, he received Einstein's Leo M. Davidoff Teaching Award for “Outstanding Achievement as a House Officer in the Teaching of Medical Students”. 

This Grand Rounds is hosted by the Diversity Affairs Committee.


After attending this activity, participants will be able to:

  1. Understand the conceptual framework for addressing barriers to optimal hypertension control
  2. Understand patient-related barriers to adequate blood pressure control
  3. Understand physician-related barriers to adequate blood pressure control
  4. Define the concept of clinical inertia
  5. Review some reasons for clinical inertia


Albert Einstein College of Medicine designates this educational activity for a maximum of 1 credit towards the AMA Physician’s Recognition Award. Each physician should claim only those credits that he/she actually spent in the educational activity.


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