Samantha L. Solimeo, PhD, MPH

Investigator and Health Science Research Specialist
Director of the Ethnographic Methods and Implementation Core (EMIC)
Associate Director
Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine - General Internal Medicine

Contact Information

Primary Office
601 Highway 6 West
Iowa City, IA 52246-2208


MA, Feminist Anthropology, University of Iowa
MPH, Public Health, University of Iowa College of Public Health
PhD, Anthropology, University of Iowa
Postdoctoral Fellow, Aging and Medical Anthropology, Duke University Medical Center, Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development


Solimeo, S. L., Nguyen, V. T., Edmonds, S. W., Lou, Y., Roblin, D. W., Saag, K. G., Cram, P. & Wolinsky, F. D. (2019). Sex differences in osteoporosis self-efficacy among community-residing older adults presenting for DXA. Osteoporosis International. PMID: 30701343.

Carter, K. M., Stewart, G. L., Mead, B., Nielsen, J. D. & Solimeo, S. L. (2019). A Mid-Range Review of Team Design Characteristics Across Industries: Combining Meta-Analysis and Comprehensive Synthesis. Small Group Research 2018 Review Issue, 50(1), 138-188. DOI:

Sullivan, J., Shin, M., Adjognon, O., Shay, K., Harvey, K., Intrator, O., Yaksic, E., Moye, J. & Solimeo, S. (2018). Geriatric Patient-Aligned Care Teams in Department of Veterans Affairs: How Are They Structured?. Geriatrics, 3(3), 46. DOI: 10.3390/geriatrics3030046.

Seaman, A. T., Steffen, M., Doo, T., Healy, H. S. & Solimeo, S. L. (2018). Metasynthesis of Patient Attitudes Toward Bone Densitometry. Journal of General Internal Medicine. PMID: 30054881.

Sullivan, J., Price, T., Eisenstein, R., Solimeo, S. L. & Shay, K. (2018). GeriPACT Implementation of the Geriatric Patient Aligned Care Team Model in the Veterans Health Administration. Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine, 31(3), 456-466. PMID: 29743228.

(2017). Barriers to Implementation and Spread of Specialty Care Telehealth PACT Serving Rural Veterans. Salt Lake City Center of Innovation Bone Health Team.

Stewart, G. L., Astrove, S. L., Reeves, C. J., Crawford, E. R. & Solimeo, S. (2017). Those with the Most Find it Hardest to Share: Exploring Leader Resistance to the Implementation of Team-Based Empowerment. Academy of Management Journal, 60(6), 2266-2293. DOI: 10.5465/amj.2015.1173.

Jacupcak, M., Primack, J. M. & Solimeo, S. L. (2017). Introduction to the Special Issue Examining the Implications of Masculinity Within Military and Veteran Populations. Psychology of Men and Masculinity, 18(3), 181-182.

Edmonds, S. W., Solimeo, S. L., Nguyen, T., Wright, N. C., Roblin, D. W., Saag, K. G. & Cram, P. (2016). Understanding Preferences for Osteoporosis Information to Develop an Osteoporosis Patient Education Brochure. Permanente Journal, 21, 16-024. PMID: 28080957.

Solimeo, S. L., Stewart, G. L. & Rosenthal, G. E. (2016). The Critical Role of Clerks in the Patient-Centered Medical Home. Annals of Family Medicine, 14(4), 377-9. PMID: 27401428.

Solimeo, S. L., Ono, S. S., Stewart, K. R., Lampman, M., Rosenthal, G. & Stewart, G. (2016). Gatekeepers as Care Providers: The Care Work of Patient-centered Medical Home Clerical Staff. Medical Anthropology Quarterly, 31(1), 97-114. PMID: 26854283.

Stewart, K. R., Stewart, G. L., Lampman, M., Wakefield, B., Rosenthal, G. & Solimeo, S. L. (2015). Implications of the Patient-Centered Medical Home for Nursing Practice. The Journal of Nursing Administration, 45(11), 569-74. PMID: 26492149.

Solimeo, S. L. (2015). Capsule commentary on Zuchowski et al., challenges in referral communication between VHA primary care and specialty care. J Gen Intern Med, 30(3), 344. PMID: 25533391.

Patterson, B. J., Solimeo, S. L., Stewart, K. R., Rosenthal, G. R., Kaboli, P. J. & Lund, B. (2015). Perceptions of Pharmacists' Integration into Patient-Centered Medical Home Teams. Research in Social & Administrative Pharmacy, 11(1), 85-95. PMID: 24954185.

Solimeo, S. L., Ono, S. S., Lampman, M. A., Paez, M. B. & Stewart, G. L. (2015). The Empowerment Paradox as a Central Challenge to Patient Centered Medical Home Implementation in the Veteran’s Health Administration. Journal of Interprofessional Care, 29(1), 26-33. PMID: 25052920.

Solimeo, S. L., Stewart, K., Stewart, G. L. & Rosenthal, G. E. (2014). Implementing a Patient Centered Medical Home in the Veterans Health Administration: Perspectives of Primary Care Providers. Healthcare, 2(4), 245-250. PMID: 26250631.

Edmonds, S. W., Cram, P., Lu, X., Roblin, D. W., Wright, N. C., Saag, K. G. & Solimeo, S. L. (2014). Improving Bone Mineral Density Reporting to Patients with an Illustration of Personal Fracture Risk. BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making, 14, 101. PMID: 25743200.

Ono, S. S., Solimeo, S. L. (2014). Afterword: Public Sector Anthropologists and New Direction for a Public Anthropology. Annals of Anthropological Practice, 37(2), 172-180. DOI: 10.1111/napa.12025.

Perkinson, M. A., Solimeo, S. L. (2014). Aging in Cultural Context and as Narrative Process: Conceptual Foundations of the Anthropology of Aging as Reflected in the Works of Margaret Clark and Sharon Kaufman. Special Issue “Remembering Our Roots.”. The Gerontologist, 54(1), 101-107. PMID: 24270212.

Edmonds, S. W., Solimeo, S. L., Lu, X., Roblin, D. W., Saag, K. G. & Cram, P. (2014). Developing a Bone Mineral Density Test Result Letter to Send to Patients: A Mixed Methods Study. Patient Preference and Adherence, 5(8), 827-841. PMID: 24940049.

True, G. T., Stewart, G. L., Lampman, M. A., Pelak, M. & Solimeo, S. L. (2014). Teamwork and Delegation in Medical Homes: Primary Care Staff Perspectives in the Veterans Health Administration. Special Issue on the Patient Centered Medical Home. Journal of General Internal Medicine, 29(Suppl 2), S632-S639. PMID: 24737223.

(2013). A Practical Formative Evaluation of the VISN 23 PACT Learning Collaborative. Team and Formative Evaluation Core, VISN 23 Patient Aligned Care Team Demonstration Lab.

Solimeo, S. L., Hein, M., Paez, M., Ono, S. S., Lampman, M. & Stewart, G. L. (2013). Medical Homes Require More than an EMR and Aligned Incentives. American Journal of Managed Care, 19(2), 132-140. PMID: 23448110.

Edmonds, S. W., Wolinsky, F. D., Christensen, A. J., Lu, X., Jones, M. P., Roblin, D. W., Saag, K. G., Cram, P. (2013). The PAADRN study: A design for a randomized controlled practical clinical trial to improve bone health. Contemporary Clinical Trials, 34(1), 90-100. PMID: 23085132.

Solimeo, S. L., Silverman, S. L., Calderon, A. D., Nguyen, A. & Gold, D. T. (2012). Measuring Health Related Quality of Life (HRQOL) in Osteoporotic Males using the Male OPAQ. Osteoporosis International, 23(3), 841-852. PMID: 21528362.

Solimeo, S. L., Weber, T. J. & Gold, D. T. (2011). Older Men's Explanatory Model for Osteoporosis. The Gerontologist, 51(4), 530-9. PMID: 21310768.

Solimeo, S. L. (2011). Living with a ‘Women’s Disease: Risk Appraisal and Management Among Men with Osteoporosis. Journal of Men's Health, 8(3), 185-191. PMID: 22125585.

Ono, S. S., Solimeo, S. L. (2011). Public Anthropology, Part 1: Public Anthropology or ‘Publics’ and ‘Anthropologies?’. (Vols. 52). (7), pp. s1-s46. Anthropology News. DOI: 10.1111/j.1556-3502.2011.52701_s.x.

(2010). Report on Early Implementation. Team and Formative Evaluation Core, VISN 23 Patient Aligned Care Team Demonstration Lab.

Solimeo, S. L. (2009). With Shaking Hands: Aging with Parkinson’s Disease in America’s Heartland. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press Studies in Medical Anthropology.

Solimeo, S. L. (2008). Osteoporosis in Older Men: Feelings of Masculinity and a “Women’s Disease”. Generations, 32(1), 73-77. PMID: 2130768.

Solimeo, S. L. (2008). Sex and Gender in Older Adults’ Experiences of Parkinson’s Disease. Journals of Gerontology: Social Sciences, 63(1), S42-S48. PMID: 18332201.

Gold, D. T., Solimeo, S. L. (2006). Osteoporosis and Depression: A Historical Perspective. Curr Osteoporos Rep, 4(4), 134-9. PMID: 17112423.