Dr. Joe Selby has been named the first executive director of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, an independent, not-for-profit organization that was created (PDF) through Section 6301 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and which, according to its website, provides information on the effectiveness, benefits and harms of different treatment options. Selby will start July 1.
Outcomes institute names first executive director
Selby, whose age was unavailable at deadline, is a family physician, a clinical epidemiologist and health services researcher. For the past 13 years, he has been the director of the research division at Kaiser Permanente, Northern California. There, he led a team of 50 investigators and 500 support staff working on more than 250 ongoing studies, according to a PCORI news release. His personal research has focused on diabetes outcomes and quality improvement.
He also is a lecturer in the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine's epidemiology and biostatistics department and is a health research and policy consulting professor at Stanford University School of Medicine in Palo Alto, Calif.
Selby will implement programs chosen by the PCORI board of governors and create an organizational structure to carry out the PCORI research agenda, according to the release. The reform law appropriated $150 million in fiscal 2012 for PCORI "research trust fund."
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