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Tracie Collins, M.D., MPH

Department Chair


1996 - 1997, Harvard School of Public Health, Clinical Effectiveness Program, Master of Public Health

1989 - 1993, University of Oklahoma College of Medicine, Doctor of Medicine

1985 - 1989, University of Central Oklahoma, Bachelor of Science, Chemistry

Postdoctoral Training

2004, Fellow NIH Summer Institute on the Design and Conduct of Randomized Clinical Trials Involving Behavioral Interventions.

1996 - 1998, Clinical and Research Fellowships in Ambulatory Care and General Internal Medicine; Harvard Affiliated Hospitals, Brockton/West Roxbury Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Boston, Mass.

1993 - 1996, Internship and Residency in Internal Medicine; University of Oklahoma College of Medicine, Tulsa (Saint Francis Hospital, Saint John Hospital, Hillcrest Medical Center, Muskogee Veterans Hospital), Tulsa, Okla.

February 2006, Formal Sabbatical leave: Vascular Medicine clinical sabbatical leave, University of Oklahoma, College of Medicine, Cardiology (Drs. Thomas Whitsett and Suman Rathbun were my clinical mentors)

Research Interests

  • Physical activity
  • Health disparities
  • Disease prevention

Narrative Biography

Born in San Leandro, Calif., Dr. Collins was raised in northern California for the first 13 years of her life. At the age of 13, her family relocated to Oklahoma City, Okla. Dr. Collins completed her undergraduate training at the University of Central Oklahoma earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry. She went on to complete medical school at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine.

During her early years in medical school, Dr. Collins noticed what appeared to be a higher prevalence of amputations among minority veterans. As she completed her internal medicine residency at the University of Oklahoma, Tulsa, she decided that caring for individual patients was an honor but the reach was limited. Because of this, she moved to Boston, Mass., to complete a fellowship in general internal medicine at Harvard Medical School. The fellowship provided training in clinical research including epidemiology and biostatistics. Additionally, Dr. Collins acquired training in educating medical students in case-based learning. During her two-year fellowship, she began to address the question of health disparities in lower extremity amputations. It was this original work that led to her current focus in peripheral arterial disease (PAD).

Dr. Collins was a faculty member at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. In addition to her academic appointment at Baylor, she was a physician health services researcher at the Houston Center for Quality of Care and Utilization Services. During this time she obtained career development funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Department of Veterans Affairs Cooperative Studies Program. Additionally, she obtained project funding from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and the Department of Veterans Affairs Merit Review Awards. While in Houston, she served as an investigator or co-investigator on several studies including cross-sectional screening studies, secondary data analysis of administrative databases, a retrospective cohort study involving 790 veterans with peripheral arterial disease, and prospective clinical trials to address doctor-patient communication to reduce health disparities.

In 2006, she joined the faculty of the University of Minnesota as an associate professor of medicine. During this time, she recertified in internal medicine and became board certified in vascular medicine. She also served for five years as a grant reviewer for the National Institutes of Health, Behavioral Medicine: Interventions and Outcomes Study Section. She continued her clinical research in peripheral arterial disease serving as a principal investigator on an American Diabetes Association funded trial to address the role of home-based walking for patients with peripheral arterial disease. Additionally, she served as co-investigator on an NIH multi-site study titled "Claudication: Exercise versus Endoluminal Revascularization." She was the Co-Director, Research Core, for the Center for Health Equity at the University of Minnesota. She has mentored several students, both medical and undergraduate, from racially diverse backgrounds in the conduct of clinical research. She is currently conducting a five-year NIH funded trial to determine the role of counseling to promote walking in African Americans with peripheral arterial disease.

In November 2011, Dr. Collins joined the exceptional faculty of the Department of Preventive Medicine and Public Health as the Chair and Kansas Health Foundation Distinguished Professor. She will continue her clinical research endeavors while also working with faculty members to further develop the research, education, and clinical portfolio for the department. 

Last modified: Oct 23, 2018

Tracie Collins


Tracie Collins, M.D., MPH
Department Chair

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