Richard Deyo, MD, MPH

Dr. Deyo is the Kaiser Permanente 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 in the Center for Research in Environmental and Occupational Toxicology 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 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. 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.