Dr. April Barnado's clinical research interests include developing methods to use the electronic health record (EHR) to study outcomes in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). She has developed algorithms that incorporate billing codes, labs, and medications to identify SLE patients accurately in the EHR. She is also working with Vanderbilt biomedical informatics collaborators to perform phenome-wide association studies (PheWAS) in SLE. Dr. Barnado’s goal is to leverage the EHR to understand why different SLE patients have different disease outcomes and treatment responses.
Her clinical interests include SLE, systemic sclerosis (scleroderma), and pregnancy in autoimmune diseases. As a medical resident at Duke University, Dr. Barnado was recognized for her research by the American College of Rheumatology and received the Abbott Medical Resident Research Award. During her rheumatology fellowship at MUSC, she was selected to represent the American College of Rheumatology at the European Workshop for Rheumatology Research in Lisbon, Portugal. She was also selected to participate in the US Bone and Joint Initiative Young Investigators Grant Mentoring Program and present her research at the Lupus 2016 meeting. She currently serves on the Medical and Scientific Advisory Board of the Lupus Foundation of America, Mid-South Chapter and the Scleroderma Foundation, Tennessee Chapter.