Susan Norris

Office: BICC 5th
Phone: 503.418.1432
Fax: 503.494.4551
E-mail: norriss@ohsu.edu



Dr. Norris is Associate Professor in the Department of Medical Informatics and Clinical Epidemiology and the Department of Family Medicine at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, Oregon. Her work focuses on systematic reviews, meta-analyses, and clinical practice guideline development. Dr. Norris’s research interests involve the use of nonrandomized studies for questions of intervention benefit, and the effect of financial and intellectual conflict of interest on selective outcome reporting and clinical practice guideline recommendations. Dr. Norris has worked with multiple organizations, assisting them in developing evidence-based practice guidelines, including physician specialty societies, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institutes of Health, and the US Preventive Services Task Force. She performs systematic reviews and provides consultation on the processes of evidence retrieval, critical appraisal, and data synthesis for organizations including for the Drug Effectiveness Review Project of State Medicaid Agencies, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality in the US, and the Cochrane Collaboration.

Susan received her MD and MSc in Experimental Surgery at the University of Alberta, Canada, and MPH from the University of Washington, Seattle, WA. She practiced primary care medicine at Group Health Cooperative of Puget Sound (Washington State) for 9 years, and was involved there in the development of evidence-based care processes at the system and practice levels. She then moved to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, where she led a systematic review work group within the Division of Diabetes. While at CDC, Dr. Norris published a number of widely-cited reviews on the effectiveness of diabetes education and weight control interventions for person with diabetes, including a number of Cochrane reviews. Prior to moving to Portland, Dr. Norris worked at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) in Rockville, MD where she developed a research agenda for the Agency on the health of older adults with multiple chronic conditions.