Nakela L. Cook, M.D., M.P.H., is executive director of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute. During her time as a Commonwealth Fund/Harvard University Fellow in Minority Health Policy, Dr. Cook worked to eliminate health and health care disparities, particularly in cardiovascular outcomes through her clinical work, research, and health care policy. She has been involved with the Health Disparities Committee at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). Additionally, she was involved in a project related to the ability of patients at community health centers to access secondary and tertiary levels of care and a study investigating referral patters for cardiovascular care. Dr. Cook was named as the Administrative Fellow for the Cardiology Division 2004–2005; she has received the William A. Schreyer Award for her promise as a young investigator in cardiology at MGH, the MGH Fellows Award for Excellence in Clinical Teaching, the UAB Outstanding Young Alumni Award, and the American Heart Association Young Investigator Award. Dr. Cook received her bachelor's degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and her medical degree from Harvard Medical School. She completed her internal medicine residency at the Massachusetts General Hospital and continued on to a cardiology fellowship there. She received her M.P.H. with a concentration in Health Care Policy as part of the CFHU Fellowship in 2004. She is also an alumnus of the Boston Fellows leadership program of the Partnership, Inc.