Heather Bittner Fagan, M.D., MPH, FAFFP

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Heather Bittner Fagan, M.D., MPH, FAFFP

Heather Bittner Fagan, M.D., MPH, FAFFP

Associate Vice Chair of Research and Faculty with ChristianaCare's Department of Family and Community Medicine

Expertise & Research Interests

  • Family Medicine


  • M.D., Family Medicine Residency Program, MCP Hahnemann University School of Medicine

Heather Bittner Fagan, M.D., MPH, FAFFP

Associate Vice Chair of Research and Faculty with ChristianaCare's Department of Family and Community Medicine

Dr. Heather Bittner Fagan is a practicing physician, faculty member and researcher in Family & Community Medicine at ChristianaCare. Dr. Fagan teaches family medicine residents as well as fellows, advanced practice nurses and medical students. She maintains an active clinical practice at Darley Green Family Medicine in Claymont, Delaware.


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Media Appearances

Winter viruses & kids: Difficulty breathing? Seek help

2022-12-07 , Town Square Live
The moment a child shows signs of difficulty breathing, it’s time to go to the emergency room, said Dr. Heather Bittner Fagan, a family medicine physician at ChristianaCare Primary Care at Darley Green in Claymont.

Smoking Cessation and Sleep

2023-03-13 , Consultant 360
In this episode, Dr Rizzo speaks with Freda Patterson, PhD; Heather Bittner Fagan, MD, MPH; and Denise Taylor, MS, RD, regarding novel clinical interventions in cardiovascular disease, including sleep quality and smoking behavior. They also speak about the messaging around smoking cessation.
Selected Papers and Publications

Telephone-based shared decision-making for lung cancer screening in primary care

Journal of Cancer Education

The national rate of lung cancer screening, approximately 3–5%, is too low and strategies which include shared decision-making and increase screening are needed. A feasibility study in one large primary care practice of telephone-based delivery of decision support via an online tool, the Decision Counseling Program© (DCP) was administered to patients eligible for lung cancer screening according to USPSTF screening guidelines.

Why CEnR Matters for Health Equity

Delaware Journal of Public Health

Community-Engaged Research (CEnR) has become the talk of the town in translational research. The National Institute of Health (NIH), the predominant funder of research in the United States, has made translational research a priority, and emphasizes community engagement in as a necessary component of translational research. Translational research seeks to effectively translate new knowledge (research) into new approaches for prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of disease and translation is essential for improving health (impact).

Training academic and community investigator teams for community-engaged research: Program development, implementation, evaluation and replication

Progress in community health partnerships: research, education, and action

Community-engaged research (CEnR) is an approach to conducting research that actively involves both academic and community partners. Yet many academic researchers have limited knowledge of emerging science and processes for effectively engaging communities and community members are often subjects of research with limited knowledge and participation in the development and implementation of research.