M.A. "Tonette" Krousel-Wood, MD, MSPH


Associate Provost for the Health Sciences
Senior Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs / Associate Dean for Public Health and Medical Education
Suite 2400
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Education & Affiliations

Preventive Medicine Residency, Tulane University School of Medicine
Internal Medicine Internship, Ochsner Clinic Foundation
Internal Medicine/Health Services Research, Ochsner Health System
MD, Louisiana State University School of Medicine
MSPH, Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine


Dr. Krousel-Wood is a physician-scientist who engages in NIH-funded clinical research and clinical trials focused on adherence to prescribed therapies, management of hypertension, and sex differences and health disparities research engaging local, national and international women and men with chronic cardiometabolic diseases.  She is nationally and internationally recognized for her research in medication adherence to antihypertensive medications and has developed and validated with her team a brief open access adherence tool for use in research and clinical settings (K-Wood MAS-4 (Krousel-Wood Medication Adherence Scale-4 item)  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6485944/; https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3729884/; and https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7752228/. She is committed to understanding differences in determinants and outcomes of disease by sex, race, and age in the quest to develop tailored interventions to advance and improve human health. She has presented her research findings at national, and international scientific meetings and has collectively published over 150 peer-reviewed articles, reports and book chapters. In addition to her own research, she is committed to training the next generation of scientific and academic leaders and leads pre- and post-doctoral career development programs including serving as the Principal Investigator and Research Director for the NIH K12 Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health (BIRCWH) faculty career development award and Multi-Principal Investigator (contact) for the Tulane Stimulating Access to Research in Residency (StARR) (R38). She also co-directs the Tulane Institute for Physician Scientists and the Faculty Physician Pipeline Program and leads the MD/MPH program at Tulane—one of the oldest and largest programs of its kind in the US with over 1100 graduates and serves as a model for combined medical and public health training of future physicians nationwide.

Research Areas

  • Medication Adherence Measurement and Evaluation
  • Sex Differences and Health Disparities
  • Hypertension and Cardiovascular Disease Management
  • Health services and implementation research

Honors & Awards

  • Fellow of the American College of Preventive Medicine (FACPM)
  • Fellow of the American Heart Association (FAHA)
  • President of the American College of Preventive Medicine (2021-2023)
  • 2019 Recipient: Tinsley Harrison Founder’s Medal Award for SSCI
  • Chair, the American Board of Preventive Medicine (2016-2019)
  • NIH Center for Scientic Review Advisory Council (2011-2012)
  • Elected Trustee, American Board of Preventive Medicine (2010 to 2019)


Link to All Publications

Selected Publications (from over 130 PUBMED articles):

Krousel-Wood M, Craig L, Peacock E, Slotnik E, O’Connell S, Bradford D, Shi L, and Petty R.  Medication Adherence:  Expanding the Conceptual Framework. Am J Hypertens  (In Press 2021) PMCID: pending

• Craig LS, Peacock E, Mohundro BL, Silver JH, Marsh J, Johnson TC, Kelly PA, Bazzano LA, Cunningham M, Petty RE, Krousel-Wood M. Contributions of implicit and explicit attitudes toward antihypertensive medications in explaining pharmacy refill and self-reported adherence among older adults. J Am Heart Assoc Mar 4:e018986. doi: 10.1161/JAHA.120.018986. Online ahead of print. 2021. PMCID: pending https://www.ahajournals.org/doi/epub/10.1161/JAHA.120.018986

• Yoshida Y; Gillet SA; Brown M; Zhu Y; Wilson SM; Ahmed SJ; Tirumalasetty S; Lovre D; Krousel-Wood M; Denson JL; Mauvais-Jarvis F. Clinical Characteristics and Outcomes in Women and Men Hospitalized for Coronavirus Disease-2019 in New Orleans.  Biology of Sex Differences. Feb 5;12(1):20. doi: 10.1186/s13293-021-00359-2, 2021. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7863061/

• Peacock E, Joyce C, Craig LS, Lenane Z, Holt EW, Muntner P, Krousel-Wood M. Low Medication Adherence Predicts Decline in Health-Related Quality of Life:  Results of a Longitudinal Analysis among Older Women and Men with Hypertension. J. Hypertens 39:153-161, 2021. PMCID Pending https://journals.lww.com/jhypertension/Abstract/9000/Low_medication_adh…

• Razavi AC, Bazzano LA, He J, Whelton SP, Rebholz CM, Fernandez C, Krousel-Wood M, Li C, Shi M, Nierenberg JL, Li S, Kinchen J, Mi X, Kelly TN.Razavi AC, et al Race modifies the association between animal protein metabolite 1-methylhistidine and blood pressure in middle-aged adults: the Bogalusa Heart Study. J Hypertens. 2020 Dec;38(12):2435-2442. doi: 10.1097/HJH.0000000000002571.

• Rapp SR, Gaussoin SA, Sachs BC, Chelune G, Supiano MA, Lerner AJ, Wadley VG, Wilson VM, Fine LJ, Whittle JC, Auchus AP, Beddhu S, Berlowitz DR, Bress AP, Johnson KC, Krousel-Wood M, Martindale-Adams J, Miller EC, Rifkin DE, Snyder JK, Tamariz L, Wolfgram DF, Cleveland ML, Yang M, Nichols LO, Bryan RN, Reboussin DM, Williamson JD, Pajewski NM; SPRINT Research Group.Rapp SR, et al. Effects of intensive versus standard blood pressure control on domain-specific cognitive function: a substudy of the SPRINT randomised controlled trial. Lancet Neurol. 2020 Nov;19(11):899-907. doi: 10.1016/S1474-4422(20)30319-7.

• Mills KT, Peacock E, Chen J, Zimmerman A, Brooks K, He H, Cyprian A, Davis G, Fuqua SR, Greer A, Gray-Winfrey L, Williams S, Wiltz GM, Winfrey KL, Whelton PK, Krousel-Wood M, He J. Implementation of Multifaceted Patient-Centered Treatment Strategies for Intensive Blood Pressure Control (IMPACTS): Rationale and design of a cluster-randomized trial. Am Heart J. 2020;230:13-24. PMCID: PMC7437489.

Krousel-Wood M, Peacock E, Joyce C, Li S, Frohlich ED, Re RN, Mills K, Chen J, Stefanescu A, He  J, Whelton PK, Taju G, Kronish IM, Muntner P. A hybrid 4-item Krousel-Wood Medication Adherence Scale  predicts cardiovascular events in older hypertensive adults. J. Hypertens. 37(4):851-859, 2019. PMCID: PMC6485944.

• Ricardo AC, Yang P, Sha D,  Appel LJ,  Chen J,  Krousel-Wood M, Manoharan A, Steigerwalt S, Wright J, Rahman M, Rosas SE, Saunders M, Sharma K, Daviglus ML, Lash JP, and the CRIC Investigators. Sex-related Disparities in CKD Progression. J Am Soc Nephrol. Jan;30(1):137-146, 2019.  PMCID: PMC6317604.

• Lenane Z, Peacock E, Joyce C, Frohlich ED, Re RN,  Muntner P, Krousel-Wood M. Association of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Symptoms following Hurricane Katrina with Incident Cardiovascular Disease Events among Older Adults with Hypertension. Am J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2019 Mar;27(3):310-32. PMCID: PMC6476543.

Krousel-Wood M, Peacock E, Joyce C, Li S, Frohlich E, Re R, Mills K, Chen J, Stefanescu A, Whelton P, Tajeu G, Kronish I, Muntner P. A hybrid 4-item Krousel-Wood Medication Adherence Scale predicts cardiovascular events in older hypertensive adults. J Hypertens. 2019 Apr;37(4):851-859. doi: 10.1097/HJH.0000000000001955

• Foy CG, Lovato LC, Vitolins MZ, Bates JT, Campbell R, Cushman WC, Glasser SP, Gillespie A, Kostis W, Krousel-Wood M, Muhlestein JB, Oparil S, Osei K, Pisoni P, Segal MS, Willgers A, Johnson KC for the SPRINT Study Research Group. Gender, Blood Pressure, and Cardiovascular and Renal Outcomes in Adults with Hypertension from the Systolic Blood Pressure Intervention Trial (SPRINT). J Hypertens  36:904-915, 2018. PMCID pending. (PMID: 29493562)

• Amico KR, Mugavero M, Krousel-Wood M, Bosworth HB, and Merlin JS. Advantages to using Social-behavioral Models of Medication Adherence in Research and Practice. J. Gen Intern Med. 33: 207-215, 2018. (PMCID: PMC5789100).

• Peacock E^ and Krousel-Wood M. Adherence to Antihypertensive Therapy.  Med Clin North Am. 101:229-245. 2017. (PMCID: PMC5156530).

• Drawz P, Pajewski NM, Bates J, Bello N, Cushman WC, Dwyer J, Fine LJ, Goff D, Haley WE, Krousel-Wood M, McWilliams A, Rifkin DE, Slinin Y, Taylor A, Townsend R, Wall B, Wright JT, and Rahman M, MS2 for the SPRINT Study Research Group. Effect of intensive versus standard clinic-based hypertension management on ambulatory blood pressure-results from the SPRINT ambulatory BP study.  Hypertension.  69:42-50, 2017. (PMCID: PMC5145774).

• He J, Irazola V, Mills KT^, Poggio R , Beratarrechea A, Dolan J, Chen C_C, Gibbons L, Krousel-Wood M, Bazzano LA , Nejamis A, Gulayin P, Santero M, Augustovski F, Chen J, Rubinstein A, for HCPIA Investigators.  Effect of a Community Health Worker-Led Multicomponent Intervention on Blood Pressure Control in Low-income Patients in Argentina: A Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA. 19;318:1016-1025, 2017. (PMCID: PMC5761321).

• Tajeu GS^, Kent ST,  Kronish IM, Huang L, Krousel-Wood M, Bress AP, Shimbo D, Muntner P. Trends in antihypertensive medication discontinuation and low adherence among Medicare beneficiaries initiating treatment from 2007 – 2012.  Hypertension 68(3):565-75, 2016. (PMCID: PMC5215087).

• Williamson JD, Supiano MA  Applegate WB,  Berlowitz DR,  Campbell RC,  Chertow GM, Fine LJ, Haley WE,  Hawfield AT,  Ix JH, Kitzman DW,  Kostis JB, Krousel-Wood M,  Launer LJ, Oparil S, Rodriguez CJ, Roumie CL, Shorr RI, Sink KM, Wadley VG, Whelton PK, Whittle J, Woolard NF, Wright JT,  and Pajewski NM; SPRINT Research Group. Intensive Blood Pressure Control in Adults 75 Years of Age and Older: The Systolic Blood Pressure Intervention. JAMA 315:2673-82, 2016. (PMCID: PMC4988796).