Samuel Cykert, MD
School of Medicine
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Dr. Cykert is a Professor of Medicine at UNC-CH in the Division of General Internal Medicine and Clinical Epidemiology. He started his career as a solo practitioner in a small North Carolina (NC) County and became well aware of daily issues that affect care in similar practices and communities. As a result, he has been heavily involved in projects that address health disparities and chronic care management including practice redesign and quality improvement efforts in primary care across the state of NC. Along this vain, he serves as the clinical director of the North Carolina Regional Extension Center for Health Information Technology and NC Area Health Education Centers Practice Support Services as well as Chair of the Practice Support Committee for the NC Healthcare Quality Alliance. These roles have involved leadership of a program that has involved over 1100 primary care practices with 4000 providers. The program provides practice based consultation to assist providers reach “meaningful use” of electronic health records then perform rapid cycle quality improvement for important chronic care and preventive measures. Part of the QI work involves the establishment of workflows that provide self-management teaching for patients and communities. The CHANGE project, the core project of HPDPs Center grant, utilizes this approach through employing community health workers to provide peer support and to establish formal connections between practices and departments of public health in rural NC.
Dr. Cykert is a founding member of the Greensboro Healthcare Disparities Collaborative, a community group that has driven several intervention projects in cancer disparities and is also focusing on chronic disease care. The input of community partners during the last 13 years through community based participatory research and ad hoc advice has contributed greatly to his work to improve chronic care and reduce racial disparities. Finally, Dr. Cykert has served as PI or co-PI, on several large, successful multi-site grants, including the NC Regional Extension center grant. In the latest such project, he is the principal investigator for an award responsive to AHRQ’s R-18 project, Evidence Now, which examines dissemination of patient-centered outcomes research among small primary care practices. UNC researchers have partnered over 250 practices caring for 800,000 adult patients in this effort geared to reduce cardiovascular risk across the state.