Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center

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Olveen Carrasquillo, M.D., MPH

General Information

Olveen  Carrasquillo, M.D., MPH


  • Fax: 305-243-3787


  • English
  • Spanish


  • American Board of Internal Medicine



  • Internal Medicine


  • Chief, Division of General Internal Medicine
  • Director, Health Services Research & Policy
  • Professor, Department of Medicine
  • Professor, Public Health Sciences

Clinical Interests

Internal Medicine

Primary Care


Research Interests

• Health Services Research
• Health Policy
• Cardiovascular Disease
• Diabetes
• Cancer Screening
• Minority Health
• Health Disparities
• Community Based Interventions



22. Funded Research Performed

Past Grant Support


Title: Access, functional status and utilization among Hispanic elders        


Supplement for Underrepresented Minority Investigators


Role: PI on Supplement Award  (PI of parent grant: Lantigua)


Source: National Institute on Aging. 


Total Direct Costs for Supplement Award: $200,000


Title: Research Training in Primary Care


Role: Co- Principal Investigator


Source: Health Resources Service Administration (PI: Shea)


Total Direct Costs: $1,281,531 


Title: Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Access to Care


Role: Principal Investigator


Source: Robert Wood Johnson Generalist Physician Faculty Scholars


Total Direct Costs: $239,799


Title: Columbia Center for Active Life of Minority Elders


Role: Principal Investigator of Community Liaison Core (since 2001)


Source: National Institute on Aging (PI of Center Grant: Lantigua)


Total Direct Costs: $599,882 


Title:  Examining Future Insurance Directions and Policy Options for the Task Force on the Future of Health Insurance


Role: Investigator


Source: Commonwealth Fund  (PI: Glied)

Total Direct Costs for effort: $15,000 


Title: Preventive Services among immigrants


Role: Principal Investigator


Source: Commonwealth Fund  

Total Direct Costs: $20,000 


Title: Improving Minority Access to Clinical Trials 


Role: Principal Investigator


Source: NYS DOH Office of Minority Health

Total Direct Costs: $62,000


Title: Improving Analysis of Health Insurance Options for NYS


Role: Principal Investigator


Source: New York State Health Foundation # 2007-2055503


Total Direct Costs: $214,000


Title: Columbia Center for the Health of Urban Minorities (P60 Award)


Role: Principal Investigator


Source: NIH/ National Center Minority Health Disparities Grant # MD00206 P60


Total Direct Costs: $ 7,374,000 (2nd cycle)


Title: HRSA Primary Care Faculty Development


Role: Principal Investigator


Source: Health Resource and Service Administration D55HP05154-04


Total Direct Costs: $1,088,953


Title: Primary Care Research Fellowship (T32 Award)


Role: Principal Investigator


Source: NRSA/HRSA T32HP10260-01-00


Total Direct Costs: $741,856


Title: NIH Partners in Research Program (R03 Award)


Role: Principal Investigator


Source: NIH/ Grant # 1R03AG033929-01


Total Direct Costs: $50,000


Title: Lang Youth Program


Role: Principal Investigator


Source: NIH/ NCMHD Grant # 3P60MD000206-06S1 (Supplement to P60)


Title: Improving Adherence to Post PCI Anti-platelet Therapy in Minorities

Source: NCMHD Grant # 1RC1MD004327-01

Role: Co-PI (Palacio PI)

Total Direct Costs: $947,000


Title: Cardiovascular Health Disparities Research Training


Role: Investigator (Tamariz PI)


Pfizer Health Foundation


Title: RWJF Disparities Solutions Automated Medication Delivery Device on Diabetes Outcomes


Source: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Grant #68499


Role: Co-PI (Palacio PI)


Total Direct Costs: $399,906


Title: Miami Healthy Heart Initiative


Source: NHLBI Grant # R01 HL083857-02


Role: Principal Investigator

Total Direct Costs: $2,595,693

Active Grant Support


Title: South Florida Center for Elimination of Cancer Health Disparities


Role: PI


Source: NCI #  1 U54 CAI53705-01


Total Direct Costs: $4,505,026


Primary Care Research Faculty Development Program


Role: PI


Source: HRSA 1 D55HP23209


Total Direct Costs: $1,099,805


Miami Clinical Translation Science Institute


Role: PI Community Engagement and Diversity Core


Source: National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences


Total Direct Costs: $15,000,000 Core I lead ($1,200,000)


South Florida Center for Elimination of Colorectal Cancer Disparities


Source: Coley BioMed Program, FL Department Health Grant # 2BT02


Role: PI

Total Direct Costs: $1,500,000


Title: Improving Adherence to Cholesterol Medications among Minority Populations in Florida: A Randomized Trial

Role: Co-PI (Palacio PI)

Source: FL Department of Health/ James & Ester King Biomed #10KG-11

Total Direct Costs: $399,906


Source: NCI U54 Supplement 3U54CA153705-03S2


Total Costs: $119,752


Title: Cervical Cancer Community Outreach in Little Haiti


Role: PI


Source: NCI U54 Supplement 3U54CA153705-03S1


Total Costs: $49,967


Florida Puerto Rico Collaboration to Reduce Stroke Disparities

Role: Investigator (Sacco PI)

Source: NINDS Grant # NS081763 (Sacco PI)


Title: Hispanic Secondary Stroke Prevention Initiative

Role: PI

Source: NMHD R01MD009164

Total Costs: $1,918,750


Title: One Florida Cancer Control Alliance

Role: PI of UM Subcontract (Shenkman PI, Univ Florida)

Total Cots $1,500,000



Title: Addressing Cervical Cancer Disparities in South Florida: CBPR

Role: Investigator (Kobetz PI)

Source: NCI R01 CA183612


Total Costs $1,900,000


1997 MPH
Harvard University
1991 M.D.
New York University
1989 B.S.
Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education



DDr. Carrasquillo is a Professor of Medicine and Public Health Sciences at the University of Miami’s Miller School of Medicine.  He is Chief of the Division of General Internal Medicine and oversees a clinical, teaching and research enterprise of 40 full time faculty including three private clinical practices and an additional ambulatory hospital based clinic at Jackson Memorial Hospital.  He is also Division Head of Health Services Research and Policy in the Department of Public Health Sciences where he leads a group of 7 full time research faculty.


He is a Puerto Rican born physician who was raised in the Bronx.  He graduated summa cum laude from the Sophie Davis School of Bio-Medical Education at City College, and obtained his MD degree from the New York University School of Medicine.  He completed a three-year internal medicine residency at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center, Harvard’s two-year General Medicine Fellowship and an MPH from the Harvard School of Public Health.   Prior to UM, Dr. Carrasquillo was an Associate Professor of Medicine, Health Policy and Community Partnerships at Columbia University and Director of their Center of Excellence in Health Disparities Research.  


Dr. Carrasquillo research interests are in minority health, health disparities, community based participatory research and access to care.  He has over fifteen years of experience leading several NIH Center grants and large randomized trials, totaling over $30 million, in various disease areas including diabetes, cardio-vascular disease and various cancers.  He also directs UM’s Primary Care Fellowship Program and the Community Engagement and Cultural Diversity component of the Clinical Translation Science Institute.  His research has been published in a variety of journals including the New England Journal of Medicine, Journal of the American Medical Association, and American Journal of Public Health.


Dr. Carrasquillo is active in various organizations, including numerous current and past leadership roles in the Society of General Internal Medicine, Physicians for a National Health Program and the National Hispanic Medical Association.  He is a Board Member of the Miami-Dade Area Health Education Center and the South Florida Health Council. He is also co-founder of Latinos for National Health Insurance.  Dr. Carrasquillo is often called upon by the media to discuss his research as well as health care topics of particular relevance to the Hispanic community including being a frequent guest on most of the major Latino television networks.  

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