Rosaly Correa-de-Araujo, MD, MSc, PhD, is a Senior Scientific Advisor at the National Institute on Aging's Division of Geriatrics and Clinical Gerontology. She is a cardiovascular pathologist trained at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, National Institutes of Health. She developed the scientific and business plans for the establishment of the AgingResearchBiobank and currently oversees its operations including compliance with NIH resources sharing policy. Dr. Correa-de-Araujo has extensive experience in aging-related research and policy issues, including disabilities, multimorbidity, medication management, ethnogeriatrics, evidence-based clinical practice, and older women's health. Other areas of interest include age-related Skeletal Muscle Function Deficit (SMFD), a terminology she proposed in 2014 to better reflect the evolving concepts of sarcopenia. In addition to loss of muscle mass and strength, she has called attention to the issue of muscle quality and myosteatosis and how they impact SMFD. She served as the scientific officer for a grant that resulted in the development of the first evidence-based criteria from large population studies of older adults that better defines and measures loss of muscle mass and strength. These criteria can significantly contribute to the assessment of the effectiveness of drugs and other interventions to treat age-related skeletal muscle dysfunctions.
She has served in diverse positions in several components of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), including the Office of the Secretary where she led a major Secretarial and Presidential initiative on health diplomacy in the Western Hemisphere, forming partnerships with foreign governments and establishing a Healthcare Training Center in Panama City to train health care professionals in the Central American region. Dr. Correa-de-Araujo has also served as the Secretary's Delegate to the U.S.-Mexico Border Health Commission. She was the Deputy Director for the former Office on Disability, Office of the Secretary, where she led one of the components of the Affordable Care Act (Section 4302) related to elimination of health disparities through improvement in data collection – as well as participated in the implementation of additional sections of that Act including those of relevance to older adults and people with disabilities. As former Director of Women's Health and Gender-based Research in the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), she received numerous awards including AHRQ Director's Award of Excellence for revitalizing the women's health program and introducing gender-based medicine concept to women's health and health services research.
She obtained her medical degree from the Federal University of Bahia School of Medicine, Brazil; her master’s degree in Human Pathology and her PhD in Morphology and Cell Biology from the University of Sao Paulo School of Medicine (Ribeirao Preto), Brazil; and a special training on Evidence-Based Clinical Practice from McMaster University, Canada. Dr. Correa-de-Araujo has numerous scientific publications including chapters in medical books on various topics. She has many years of academic involvement as Adjunct Associate Professor, George Washington University's School of Medicine and Health Sciences; Clinical Assistant Professor (Geriatrics Pharmacotherapy), University of Maryland's School of Pharmacy Experiential Learning Program; Assistant Professor, University of Sao Paulo School of Medicine (Ribeirao Preto), Brazil; and Chairman and Associate Professor of the Department of Pathology and Forensic Medicine, Federal University of Uberaba School of Medicine of Triangulo Mineiro, Brazil.