Jennifer Devoe, MD, DPhil, elected to IOM

Election recognizes DeVoe's outstanding professional achievements

Jennifer DeVoeJennifer DeVoe, M.D., D.Phil., an associate professor of family medicine in the OHSU School of Medicine, has been elected to the Institute of Medicine. DeVoe, a family physician and health services researcher, and also chief research officer at OCHIN, was elected in recognition of her outstanding professional achievement and commitment to services in health and medicine.

Election to the IOM is considered one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine.

“I am humbled by this great honor,” Dr. DeVoe said. “It is so exciting to get recognized by the IOM for the amazing work done by our teams at OCHIN and in the OHSU Department of Family Medicine. We are part of a national community of innovators committed to generating and spreading new knowledge relevant to primary care. This transformative work is vital to equipping primary care clinics and communities with the tools and information needed to improve population health.”

According to the IOM Member Directory web page, there are only seven current IOM members who list their academic affiliation as Oregon. Of those, four are from OHSU: Brian Druker, M.D.; Richard Goodman, M.D., Ph.D.; Joe Gray, Ph.D.; and Gary Westbrook, M.D. DeVoe will be the eighth Oregon member and the fifth from OHSU. She is the first woman to be elected from both Oregon and OHSU.

The announcement of 70 new members and 10 foreign associates was made during the IOM 44th annual meeting held Oct. 20, 2014, in Washington. New members are elected by current active members through a selective process that recognizes individuals who have made major contributions to the advancement of the medical sciences, health care and public health.  

"It is with great enthusiasm that we welcome our esteemed colleagues to the Institute of Medicine," said IOM President Victor J. Dzau. "These leaders' tremendous achievements have contributed significantly to advancing health and medicine. The expertise and knowledge they bring to the IOM will encourage and enhance its success."

Dr. DeVoe is executive director of the OCHIN practice-based research network of community health centers. OCHIN operates in 19 states, supports more than 100 health-center networks and more than 4,500 medical providers who serve more than 2.5 million patients. She is also the principal investigator on five research studies funded by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI); the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; and the National Cancer Institute and the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (National Institutes of Health), with nearly $20 million in active grant funding. Since 2006, Dr. DeVoe has collaborated with investigators on more than 30 studies, spanning 300 primary care clinics in the OCHIN network, funded by many federal agencies.  

Dr. DeVoe leads a multidisciplinary research team with expertise in informatics, sociology, epidemiology, biostatistics, economics, primary care, mental health, health-services research, clinical medicine, health-care disparities and anthropology. This OCHIN team has a successful track record of partnering with communities and using community electronic health record (EHR) data sources, informatics and analytics to conduct policy-relevant and practice-relevant studies. Research findings inform community, practice and policy interventions that help to improve the delivery of care for vulnerable populations and eliminate health disparities. 

Dr. DeVoe earned her MD from Harvard Medical School in 1999. Selected as a Rhodes Scholar in 1996, she also earned an MPhil and DPhil from Oxford University in 1998 and 2001, respectively. She completed her family medicine residency at OHSU in 2004.  

She is an author on more than 100 peer-reviewed publications. She sees patients at the OHSU Family Medicine at Gabriel Park clinic. As an associate professor with OHSU Family Medicine, she precepts medical students and residents; and mentors graduate students, fellows and junior faculty members. She holds joint appointments in the OHSU Department of Medical Informatics and Clinical Epidemiology and at Kaiser Permanente Northwest Center for Health Research. She also serves on the National Core Team for Family Medicine for America’s Health Board of Directors and was a Puffer American Board of Family Medicine Anniversary Fellow at the Institute of Medicine from 2012-2014. 

Dr. DeVoe was recently elected vice president of the North American Primary Care Research Group (NAPCRG) Board of Directors. Her term begins Nov. 24 at the conclusion of the NAPCRG Board of Directors meeting in New York City. After serving as vice president, her position will automatically advance to president and then to past president/board chair over the next three years.