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Jennifer E. DeVoe M.D.

    • Professor of Family Medicine School of Medicine
    • Chair Family Medicine School of Medicine

Dr. Jennifer DeVoe is Chair of the Department of Family Medicine and a health services researcher. She leads the DeVoe Lab, which runs federally-funded grants that study access to health care, disparities in care, social determinants of health, and the impact of practice and policy interventions on vulnerable populations. The DeVoe Lab’s research portfolio spans both OHSU Family Medicine and OCHIN, Inc., a health IT network based in Portland, OR.

The DeVoe Lab is a multidisciplinary research team with expertise in informatics, sociology, epidemiology, biostatistics, economics, primary care, mental health, health-services research, clinical medicine, health disparities and anthropology. Using large health insurance claims, electronic health record (EHR), and self-reported datasets, this OHSU/OCHIN team uses 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 is currently the principal investigator on four 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. She also serves as co-PI of the ADVANCE Clinical Data Research Network, part of PCORnet, which is 'horizontally' integrating outpatient EHR data, creating a unique community laboratory for including disadvantaged and vulnerable patients across the country.

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. Dr. DeVoe is a strong mentor for many students, residents and junior faculty interested in health services and health policy research. Dr. DeVoe is an author on more than 100 peer-reviewed publications and is a leader of the North American Primary Care Research Group (NAPCRG). She was elected to the Institute of Medicine in 2014.

Videos and Other Resources

Connecting Safety Net Clinics Across the Country for Comparative Effectiveness Research. In this 30 minute lecture from September 2014, Dr. DeVoe discusses the OCHIN and ADVANCE networks, and the potential for big data CER.

Creating Community Laboratories for Learning & Discovery: Practice-based Research Networks and 'Learning Health Systems' in Primary Care. In this 45 minute lecture from 2014, Dr. DeVoe discusses her research trajectory, collaboration with OCHIN, and vision for primary care research in the future.

We are the Scientists of OHSU. Dr. DeVoe was one of 20 OHSU researchers profiled in a short video.

Alumna Dr. Jennifer DeVoe honored for stellar early career. The OHSU School of Medicine Alumni Association's Early Career Achievement Award is presented to any alumnus or alumna from the OHSU School of Medicine who has made significant career contributions in improving health and social welfare in a community setting or in the areas of scientific research or academia within 15 years of graduation

Dr. Jennifer DeVoe named to AHRQ Council.

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OCHIN earns PCORI award. Jennifer DeVoe, MD principal investigator for OCHIN’s project, “Accelerating Data Value Across a National Community Health Center Network (ADVANCE).”

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  • M. Phil., Oxford University 1998
  • M.D., Harvard University 1999
  • Ph.D., Oxford University, Oxford United Kingdom 2001
  • Residency:

    • Oregon Health & Science University
  • Certifications:

    • American Board of Family Medicine


  • "How readable are spanish-language medicaid applications?" Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health April 2011
  • "Strategies and opportunities to STOP colon cancer in priority populations" BMC Cancer February 26 2014
  • "Comprehending care in a medical home" Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine September 2008
  • "Lessons learned from developing a patient engagement panel" Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine September 1 2015
  • "Comparing types of health insurance for children" Medical Care September 2011
  • "When knowing more about a patient enables us to do less" JAMA Internal Medicine October 1 2015
  • "Using geographic information systems (GIS) to identify communities in need of health insurance outreach" Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine November 1 2014
  • "The Oregon experiment re-examined" BMJ (Online) October 20 2014
  • "Being uninsured is bad for your health" Annals of Family Medicine September 2013
  • "Using electronic health records to conduct children's health insurance surveillance" Pediatrics December 2013
  • "Developing a network of community health centers with a common electronic health record" Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine September 2011
  • "Diabetes care quality is highly correlated with patient panel characteristics" Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine November 2013
  • "The Association Between Medicaid Coverage for Children and Parents Persists" Maternal and Child Health Journal August 24 2015
  • "Citizenship documentation requirement for Medicaid eligibility" Family Medicine  2014
  • "Preventive service gains from first contact access in the primary care home" Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine July 2011
  • "Effect of expanding medicaid for parents on children's health insurance coverage" JAMA Pediatrics January 1 2015
  • "The Effects of Health Insurance and a Usual Source of Care on a Child's Receipt of Health Care" Journal of Pediatric Health Care September 2012
  • "Feasibility and impact of implementing a private care system's diabetes quality improvement intervention in the safety net" Implementation Science June 10 2015
  • "Health literacy" BMC Family Practice  2009
  • "The unsustainable US health care system" Annals of Family Medicine May 2008
  • "A shift in the historical trajectory of medical dominance" Social Science and Medicine July 2003
  • "Public health insurance in oregon" American Journal of Public Health May 1 2011
  • "Uninsured children and adolescents with insured parents" JAMA - Journal of the American Medical Association October 29 2008
  • "What are appropriate screening tests for infants and children?" Journal of Family Practice September 2006
  • "Trends in health insurance status of US children and their parents, 1998-2008" Maternal and Child Health Journal November 2013
  • "Use of qualitative methods and user-centered design to develop customized health information technology tools within federally qualified health centers to keep children insured" Journal of Ambulatory Care Management  2014
  • "Evaluation of consumer medical information and oral liquid measuring devices accompanying pediatric prescriptions" Academic Pediatrics July 2010
  • "Do children in rural areas still have different access to health care? Results from a statewide survey of oregon's food stamp population" Journal of Rural Health January 2009
  • "Lessons learned and challenges ahead" Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine September 2012
  • "Characteristics of container labeling in a sample of commonly prescribed children's oral medications" Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy December 2010

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