Patricia Underwood

Clinical Assistant Professor


Patricia Crowley Underwood, Ph.D., FNP-BC, RN, is Clinical Assistant Professor and the Program Director for the Family Nurse Practitioner Program at the Connell School of Nursing. She is also an Endocrine Nurse Practitioner at the VA Boston Healthcare System . She earned her undergraduate degree in nursing from the University of Pennsylvania and her master’s and doctoral degree from Boston College. Dr. Underwood’s pre- and post-doctoral work focused on identifying biomedical and genetic markers associated with hypertension and diabetes (DM).   Subsequent work focused on developing and evaluating nurse-led interventions to improve health outcomes for surgical patients with poorly controlled DM. Her clinical practice focuses on veterans with diabetes (DM) and the delivery of DM self-management technology (insulin pumps and continuous glucose monitors in the virtual setting. She is the recipient of many awards including Young Investigator Award at NINR/NIH as well as a statistics fellowship at the University of Basel, Switzerland. 

Selected Publications

  • Czarnowski, K., Silver, C., Wood, B., Underwood, P. Patel, D, Retrospective analysis of liraglutide as add-on therapy in type 2 diabetes mellitus: quantifying the changes in insulin requirements. Federal Practitioner, February 2019: 36-40.
  • Garg R, Hurwitz S, Rein R, Schuman B, Underwood P, Bhandari S., Effect of follow-up by a hospital diabetes care team on diabetes control at one year after discharge from the hospital. Diabetes Res Clin Pract. 2017 Nov;133:78-84.
  • Garg R, Schuman B, Bader A, Hurwitz S, Turchin A, Underwood P, Metzger C, Rein R, Lortie M. Effect of Preoperative Diabetes Management on Glycemic Control and Clinical Outcomes after Elective Surgery. Ann Surg. 2018, May; 267(5):858-862.
  • Garg R, Metzger C, Rein R, Lortie M, Underwood P, Hurwitz S, Bader A, Carbone K, Schuman B. Nurse practitioner-mediated intervention for preoperative control of diabetes in elective surgery patients.  J Am Assoc Nurse Pract. 2016, Oct; 28 (10): 528-533.
  • 5. Baudrand R, Goodarzi MP, Vaidya, A, Underwood P, Williams JS, et al, A prevalent caveolin-1 gene variant is associated with the metabolic syndrome in Caucasians and Hispanics, Metabolism, 2015, December 64(12) 1674-1681.
  • Underwood P, Seiden J, Carbone K, Chamarthi B, Turchin A, Bader AM, Garg R Early Identification of Individuals with Poorly Controlled Diabetes Undergoing Elective Surgery: Improving A1C testing in the Pre-Operative Period. Endocrine Practice. 2015,  March 21 (3): 231-6.