David Nash, M.D., has been named chairman of the newly created Office of Health Policy, which was concurrently elevated to the status of a full academic department at Thomas Jefferson Medial College of Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia.
As associate dean, Nash, an internist and national expert on evidence-based quality improvement, had headed Jefferson's Office of Health Policy and Clinical Outcomes since its inception in 1990.
"For me, as the founder and as someone with 14 years of water under this bridge, I'm thrilled," Nash says, adding that raising the office to the department level "sends a strong message to our medical students and faculty" that studying clinical outcomes is as important as studying traditional medical specialties.
The change also will allow office colleagues to become "bona fide medical school staff members" and should strengthen the department's ability to obtain research grants, he says.
Nash was named in 2003 by Modern Healthcare magazine as one of the top 100 influential people in healthcare.
"This recognition reflects Jefferson's commitment to an environment driven by outcomes measurement coupled with evidence-based training," said Thomas Jefferson Medical College Dean Thomas Nasca, M.D., in a press statement. "This new department will serve as a focal point for public health, health services and health policy research for Jefferson Medical College."