Roger Chou

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Chou_Roger_cropped Dr. Roger Chou

Roger Chou, M.D., F.A.C.P., is director of the Pacific Northwest Evidence-based Practice Center (EPC), professor of medical informatics and clinical epidemiology and medicine, and a practicing internist at OHSU. His primary clinical research areas are screening and prevention, evaluation and management of pain, HIV/Hepatitis C, and diagnostic testing. Dr. Chou has conducted more than 60 systematic reviews used by various organizations to formulate research agendas, to develop clinical practice guidelines, and to inform health care policy and clinical practice. A review commissioned by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) for an NIH Pathways to Prevention Conference was also used by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to develop its recently-issued guidelines on prescribing opioids for chronic pain;Dr. Chou continues to serve as the CDC opioid guidelines GRADE methodologist. In addition to leading numerous EPC reviews for the AHRQ Effective Health Care Program, Dr. Chou has led OHSU's work supporting the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) since 2010, and, just this year, was awarded two 3-year contracts to conduct seven prevention and counseling systematic reviews for the USPSTF in collaboration with other EPC faculty and staff.

Dr. Chou also conducts research on systematic review methods and best practices, and he serves as the GRADE methodologist for the World Health Organization (WHO)'s Division of Reproductive Health, the GRADE methodologist and a member of the WHO Guideline Development Group for the diagnosis and treatment of viral hepatitis, a longstanding member of the Cochrane Back Review Editorial Board, and co-chair of the National Quality Forum Standing Musculoskeletal Committee. Previously, Dr. Chou served as Director of the American Pain Society's Clinical Practice Guidelines Development Program and as a member of the American College of Physicians Clinical Practice Guidelines Committee.

Within the OHSU community, Dr. Chou is a frequent presenter at grand rounds and guest lecturer for educational conferences, and he serves on the Research Strategic Advisory Council.

Dr. Chou received his medical degree from Northwestern University Medical School in 1995, and he completed an internal medicine residency at OHSU in 1998 and a health services research fellowship at the VA Portland Health Care System in 2000. Dr. Chou is a marathoner who has run over 160 races since 1991.