Paulina Cruz Bravo, MD

Paulina Cruz Bravo, MD

Associate Professor of Medicine


I am originally from Mexico City and got my masters degree from the UANL in Monterrey, Mexico. Prior to residency, I earned a Certificate in Clinical and Translational Science at the Mayo Clinic and completed a research fellowship in the Cardiovascular Diseases Division. Afterward, I moved to Chicago, Illinois to start my residency at UIC/Advocate Christ Medical Center, then moved to Saint Louis, Missouri to complete my training in endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism. Subsequently, I joined the faculty of the Division of Endocrinology, Metabolism & Lipid Research. Outside of medicine, I enjoy spending time with my family and traveling abroad.

Clinical interests

My main area of interest is diabetes, particularly systematic approaches to inpatient diabetes care and patient-centered diabetes care. I provide outpatient diabetes management at Affinia Healthcare, which is the largest community health center in the St. Louis region. I see patients with complex comorbidities and as a native Spanish speaker, I provide primary care to many Hispanic/Latino patients with diabetes or endocrine diseases. I also co-lead the Inpatient Diabetes Management Team initiative and am a member of the BJC Glucose Management Team and the BJH Diabetes Subcommittee.

Research interests

I have a long-standing interest in performing clinical research in diabetes in underserved populations. I am currently using quantitative and qualitative methodology to assess barriers to diabetes care in Latinos at Affinia Healthcare with the support of Center for Diabetes and Translational Research.

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