Quality Improvement

Daniela Casagrande, BS, MSc, PhD

Senior Manager, Research

Daniela Schaan Casagrande earned her Bachelor of Science degree in nutrition from the Methodist Institute of Education and Culture (Instituto Metodista de Educação e Cultura), Porto Alegre, Brazil. She earned her Master of Science in endocrinology from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul School of Medicine (Faculdade de Medicina da Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), Porto Alegre, Brazil and achieved a PhD from Duke University. Dr. Casagrande has also participated in a Duke University research fellowship.

Dr. Casagrande worked as a bariatric nutritionist at The Center of Obesity and Metabolic Syndrome of São Lucas Hospital of PUCRS (Centro de Obesidade e Síndrome Metabólica do Hospital São Lucas da PUCRS, Brazil) from 2000 – 2014. During her tenure as Nutrition and Research Coordinator for her bariatric surgical and clinical diagnostics team, she led her hospital and surgeons to becoming an SRC Center of Excellence and guiding them through the site inspection process. She also has extensive experience within the Brazilian University system, working as a professor at the University of Vale do Rio do Sinos (Universidade do Vale do Rio do Sinos) and at The Foundation Institute of Cardiology of Porto Alegre (Instituto de Cardiologia de Porto Alegre).

Dr. Casagrande has served on two medical society boards. She was a member of the Board of Directors of the Brazilian Obesity Society (Associação Brasileira para o Estudo da Obesidade e Sindrome Metabólica – ABESO) from 2003 to 2005. Dr. Casagrande also served on the board of directors of the Metabolic and Bariatric Brazilian Society – RS Chapter (Sociedade Brasileira de Cirurgia bariátrica e metabolic – capitulo RS) from 2003 to 2010. She has published 14 manuscripts, five book chapters and several articles in Grey Literature.

At SRC, Dr. Casagrande manages the organization’s numerous research activities, including the collection, tracking and analysis of data from SRC’s various patient outcomes databases. SRC’s Research Division is responsible for using outcomes data to support accreditation program development, establish best practices and provide performance feedback to designees. Dr. Casagrande also serves as a leader and moderator for SRC’s Research Advisory Committee.