Dr. A. Laurie (Winkley) Shroyer (Central High School Class of 1977) is a tenured Professor and Research-Scientist. She received her BA (1981), MS in Health Administration (MSHA; 1984), and PhD in Public Administration, Public Health Policy (1991) degrees from the University of Colorado (Denver, CO). Following serving over 15 years as a University of Colorado Health Science Center faculty member, Dr. Shroyer was recruited with her husband (Dr. Ken Shroyer; Central High School Class of 1974; Professor and Chair of the Department of Pathology at Stony Brook Medicine) to New York in 2007.
At Stony Brook Medicine, Dr. Laurie Shroyer serves as the Department of Surgery's Vice Chair for Research leading their research-related endeavors. She also serves as the Director for the Stony Brook Medicine's Scholarly Concentration Program's Research Track (coordinating all of their medical student basic science, translational science, and clinical science research projects). Additionally, Laurie is a frequent SBU SOM lecturer; best recognized for her research-related methodology lectures. She routinely teaches graduate-level courses including an introductory course in clinical research, as well as more advanced courses in clinical trials, clinical outcomes assessment, conducting systematic reviews and/or meta-analyses of the peer-reviewed literature.
Internationally and nationally recognized, Dr. Shroyer has authored over 190 research papers, scientific letters, and book chapters. For over 25 years, Dr. Shroyer and her mentor (Dr. Fred Grover) have worked together on Department of Veterans Administration (VA)-based quality improvement (1992-2007) and research-related projects (1992-present).
Dr. Shroyer currently serves as the Principal Investigator for the VA CSP#517 (Randomization On and Off Bypass clinical (ROOBY) trial) follow-up study; which is evaluating the longer-term clinical outcomes and resource consumption patterns. As background, the VA ROOBY trial was the first US-based, multi-center, randomized, controlled trial to evaluate off-pump versus on-pump coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) procedures. Considered a VA landmark trial, the ROOBY trial's original New England Journal of Medicine publication (2009) has been rated as one of the 100 most influential "top" papers in the field of cardiac surgery (ranking #82; 2013). As of December 2016, this publication had over 474 Web of Science peer-reviewed journal citations and 761 citations on Google Scholar. In October 2016, this highly cited paper received "enough citations to place it in the top 1% of the academic field of Clinical Medicine based on a highly cited threshold for the field and publication year" (Web of Science; Essential Science Indicators). Comparing prior to (2002) and after (2012), moreover, Dr. Shroyer's ROOBY publication's findings appear potentially to have had an impact upon the delivery of cardiac surgical care; the US off-pump CABG rates declined from 23% to 17%. Based upon the most recent 2015 Society of Thoracic Surgeon annual report, the United States off-pump procedural rate appears to have plateaued, with off-pump procedures representing only ~13.5% of 2015 US-based CABGs performed.
Traveling back to Colorado from New York quite frequently, Laurie often visits with her parents (Mr. and Mrs. John Winkley) and her two sisters [Ms. Jaycee Winkley and Ms. Bonnie (Winkley) Norton]; all of whom still live in the Pueblo area. Residing in Setauket Village, Ken and Laurie live not far from their son, Dr. Robert Shroyer (Chief Resident in the Department of Radiology at Stony Brook Medicine).