Richard Deyo, MD, MPH

Deyo is the Kaiser Permanente Endowed Professor of Evidence-Based Family Medicine and Professor of Medicine and Public Health and Preventive Medicine at Oregon Health and Science University. He is also an investigator at  the Oregon Institute for Occupational Health Services at OHSU, and a Clinical Investigator at the Kaiser Northwest Center for Health Research. He has a long-standing research interest in measuring patient function, involving patients in clinical decisions, and managing low back pain.

Deyo is a 1971 graduate of Grinnell College.  He completed Medical School at Penn State (Hershey Medical Center) and a residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.  He then completed a resarch fellowship and MPH degree at the University of Washington as a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar.

Deyo is a Deputy Editor of Spine, a member of the editorial board of the Back Group of the Cochrane Collaboration, and co-editor of the book Evidence-Based Clinical Practice: Concepts and Approaches. He has authored or co-authored over 300 peer-reviewed scientific articles, mostly concerning back pain, and authors topics on acute low back pain for UpToDate.

He was a member of the back pain guideline panel for the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research, and a National Academy of Science panel on Musculoskeletal Disorders and the Workplace. In 2004, he received the John M. Eisenberg Award for career achievement in research from the Society for General Internal Medicine and in 2015 he received the Wiltse Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine. He is a member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation and the Association of American Physicians.  He has recently been studying inappropriate use of medical technology, and the commercial, political, and media forces that affect it. A resulting book, Hope or Hype: The Obsession with Medical Advances and the High Cost of False Promises, was published in 2005. His second book, Watch Your Back! How the back pain industry is costing us more and giving us less - and what you can do to inform and empower yourself in seeking treatment, was published in 2015.