Roberta Oka, Ph.D., RN, ANP, NEA-BC Associate Chief Nurse, Research & Advance Practice; PAVIR Investigator
Dr. Oka serves as the Associate Chief Nurse, Research & Advanced Practice at the VAPAHCS. She earned her B.S. in Nursing at the Case Western University, Cleveland, OH in 1977, her M.S. in Nursing at the University of California, Los Angeles, CA in 1984, and her Ph.D in Nursing at the University of California, San Francisco, CA in 1991 Dr. Oka completed her postdoctoral training in medicine/disease prevention/epidemiology at Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA in 1993. Dr. Oka has served in increasingly responsible clinical, research, and academic positions in high performing institutions, including the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in LA, UCSF School of Nursing and Medical Center, and Stanford University School of Medicine. Dr. Oka’s clinical experience is a fundamental component of her academic activities, both teaching and research. Her current research activities focus on age-related diseases, more specifically preventing frailty and disability. She is collaborating with an interdisciplinary team consisting of basic scientists and clinicians in physical medicine and rehabilitation to develop and test early mobility exercise programs during hospitalization for acute medical illnesses to prevent hospitalization-associated disability in frail elderly.