Speakers: Donna Buchanan, PhD

Donna Buchanan, PhD

Researcher/Outcomes Manager
Saint Luke’s Hospital


Dr. Donna Buchanan is a psychologist who works as a researcher and manager with the Cardiovascular Outcomes Research Group at Saint Luke’s Mid America Heart Institute. As the Assistant Director of the UMKC post-doctoral NIH T32 Cardiovascular Outcomes Research Fellowship Training Program, she coordinates the educational curriculum and activities designed to train the next generation of scholars with specialized expertise in outcomes and quality of care research. Dr. Buchanan is a Research Mentor for Saint Luke’s Innovations Center project teams working to implement new ideas to improve the efficiency and quality of health care. On a national level, she coordinates the research and publication activities of the Cardiovascular Outcomes Research Consortium and provides management oversight of the analytic services provided for the American College of Cardiology’s National Cardiovascular Data Registries. She has made important contributions to the development of national performance measurement reporting systems for behavioral health and cardiology. She leads and has published research involving the association of depression and other psychosocial and behavioral characteristics with heart disease and outcomes.