OHSU Appoints Richard Deyo Kaiser Permanente Professor of Evidence-Based Family Medicine

02/04/08  Portland, Ore

Oregon Health & Science University's Department of Family Medicine has appointed Richard Deyo, M.D., M.P.H., Kaiser Permanente Professor of Evidence-Based Family Medicine effective October, 2007.

Oregon Health & Science University's Department of Family Medicine has appointed Richard Deyo, M.D., M.P.H., Kaiser Permanente Professor of Evidence-Based Family Medicine effective October, 2007.  This endowed professorship was funded by a $2 million donation from Kaiser Permanente. Kaiser's national headquarters is located in Oakland, Calif.

"We are delighted that Dr. Deyo will be joining our faculty at OHSU. He is an international leader in the field of evidence-based medicine and will bring a wealth of experience as a mentor and role model for young researchers. His appointment will also formalize family medicine's partnership with the Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research. Together, I am confident that we will learn much about how to successfully apply the latest scientific evidence to improving the care of patients in our state," said John Saultz, M.D., professor and chairman of the family medicine, OHSU School of Medicine.

As the Kaiser Permanente Professor of Evidence-Based Family Medicine, Deyo will work with scientists and clinicians at OHSU and Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research to pursue his interests in the cost-effective use of medical technology and in the translation of research evidence into clinical practice. He will begin work at OHSU.

“We are thrilled that Dr. Deyo was chosen for this new position and that he has accepted,” said Mary L. Durham, Ph.D., vice president of research for Kaiser Permanente and director of its Center for Health Research. “He is an outstanding researcher and a wonderful colleague. We look forward to a long, fruitful partnership in developing research that will help clinicians deliver care to patients everywhere."

Deyo’s research has focused on measurement of patient functional status, involvement of patients in clinical decisions, and the management of common outpatient conditions, especially low back pain.  He currently is a professor of medicine and director of the Center for Cost and Outcomes Research at the University of Washington and is a member of the National Advisory Committee for the Robert Wood Johnson Physician Faculty Scholars Program.  Deyo has been a mentor and teacher to dozens of research fellows. In 2004 he received the John M. Eisenberg Award for Career Achievement in Research from the Society of General Internal Medicine in 2004.

Deyo is a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University School of Medicine. He completed his Master's of Public Health degree at the University of Washington. His internship and residency in internal medicine were completed at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio,  and he was a VA/Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar at the University of Washington.

Among his other responsibilities, Deyo serves on the editorial boards of the American Journal of Medicine, The Back Letter and the Back Group of the Cochrane Collaboration. He is a deputy editor of Spine and co-edited the book “Evidence-Based Clinical Practice: Concepts and Approaches. Deyo was the principal investigator of the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research Patient Outcomes Research Team on low back pain, and a member of the agency’s guideline panel for acute low back problems. He was recently on a National Academy of Science panel on Musculoskeletal Disorders in the Workplace. His recent work has begun to focus on inappropriate use of medical technology, and the commercial, political and media forces that may affect it. The resulting book, “Hope or Hype: the Obsession with Medical Advances and the High Cost of False Promises,” was published in 2005.