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Featured Profile: Todd Ruppar


Todd Ruppar

University of Missouri nurse and researcher Dr. Todd Ruppar helps patients stay heart-healthy.

Cardiovascular drugs are proven life savers. Unfortunately, many patients struggle to take their medications as prescribed, while side effects and other factors lead other patients to cut back or stop taking their medications. Ruppar conducts both clinical research and a type of advanced statistical analysis, called meta-analysis, to identify what leads patients to take or not take their medication and what methods work best to help patients manage their medicines. He also works to develop new ways patients and providers can work together to address non-adherence to cardiovascular medications and improve patient outcomes.

Ruppar has also investigated how older adults self-manage chronic illnesses and examined the role smartphones can play in successful medication management. His work has been funded by the John A Hartford Foundation’s Building Academic Geriatric Nursing Capacity program, the University of Missouri Interdisciplinary Center on Aging, the University of Iowa Hartford Center for Geriatric Nursing Excellence, the PhRMA Foundation, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholars Program.

Ruppar serves on committees for the cardiovascular nursing councils of the American Heart Association and European Society of Cardiology. He has won numerous honors including the European Society of Cardiology’s Nursing and Allied Professional Investigator Award and is a Fellow of the American Heart Association.

Dr. Todd Ruppar is an associate professor of nursing and Associate Director of the Meta-Analysis Research Center in the MU Sinclair School of Nursing.

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One Health/One Medicine