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Aanand Naik M.D.

Aanand Naik

Assistant Director of Research and Scholarship

Institute for Continuing Professional Development in Quality Improvement and Patient Safety

Baylor College of Medicine


Coordinating Center, National VA Quality Scholars Program

Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center

Medical Geriatrician

Geriatrics and Medical Care Line

Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center

Vice Chair of Quality Improvement & Innovations


Baylor College of Medicine

Program Director for Education and Training Programs / Postdoctoral Fellowships (Health Services Research)

Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center

Baylor College of Medicine

Acting Chief / Associate Professor

Medicine, Geriatric Medicine

Baylor College of Medicine


Dan L. Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center

Baylor College of Medicine

Chief, Implementation Science and Innovations Core

Center for Innovations in Quality, Effectiveness and Safety (Health Services Research)

Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center

Aanand D. Naik, M.D., is an Associate Professor of Medicine, Health Policy and Behavioral Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine. His professional roles focus on quality improvement and innovation (QII), including research, education, and training responsibilities. He is Vice Chair for QII in the Department of Medicine at BCM and he directs the Coordinating Center for the national VA Quality Scholars training program, which develops the careers of interdisciplinary scholars across nine program sites in North America. Dr. Naik is a research investigator at the Houston Center for Innovations in Quality, Effectiveness, and Safety (IQuESt), a joint BCM and VA research center. His funded research program develops interventions to enhance patient-centered care as a dimension of healthcare quality for older adults with co-morbid conditions. Dr. Naik received his Medical Degree and clinical training in Internal Medicine and Geriatrics at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, Texas. He also completed post-doctoral research fellowship training at the RWJ Clinical Scholars Program at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. He provides geriatrics care at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center in Houston, Texas. 

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As part of its initiative to train faculty, support innovation, and promote scholarship in quality improvement and patient safety, the Institute seeks qualified candidates to serve as QI coaches for faculty or trainees involved in improvement-related activities conducted across BCM-affiliated institutions.

QI Coaches participate as Workshop Faculty in training courses offered by the Institute, providing assistance by leading breakout activities during the course (providing small-group coaching on improvement projects being conducted by the learners in the course). Additionally, QI Coaches may provide similar coaching to the learners in between the in-person workshop sessions to provide any additional guidance needed to prepare the learners for the next scheduled session.

The Institute's team of QI Coaches are selected via a formal application process. When applications are open, a "Call for Coaches" announcement is posted on the Institute's website, as well as circulated across various communication venues across BCM. For more information, please visit the QI Coaches page.