Mark Helfand, M.D., M.P.H.

  • Professor of Medicine, School of Medicine


Mark Helfand, MD, MS, FACP, is Professor of Medicine and Professor of Medical Informatics and Clinical Epidemiology at OHSU. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and practices hospital medicine at the Portland VA Medical Center, where he is a staff physician and directs the VA Evidence Synthesis Program Coordinating Center.  He founded the Oregon Evidence-based Practice Center (now the Pacific Northwest EPC) in 1997 and, in the 2000’s, led the EPC’s work for the US Preventive Services Task Force and for OHSU’s pioneering Drug Effectiveness Review Project.  From 2005 to 2012 he was Editor-in-Chief of the journal Medical Decision Making.  Dr. Helfand is a founding member of the Steering Committee for the Health Experience Research Network (, an elected member and Board member of the Society for Research Synthesis Methods, and a Past President of the Society for Medical Decision Making. Dr. Helfand received an AB with Honors and Distinction and a BS from Stanford University, an MD and MPH from University of Illinois Medical School, and an MS in health services research from Stanford University.

Education and training

    • B.S., 1979, Stanford
    • A.B., 1979, with Honors and Distinction, Stanford
    • M.P.H., 1984, University of Illinois
    • M.D., 1984, University of Illinois (Abraham Lincoln School of Medicine)
    • M.S., 1990, Stanford
  • Internship

    • Straight Medical Internship, Stanford University School of Medicine
  • Residency

    • Medicine Residency, Stanford University School of Medicine
  • Fellowship

    • NCHSR Fellow, Stanford University
  • Certifications

    • American Board of Internal Medicine

Memberships and associations:

  • Society for Research Synthesis Methods
  • American College of Physicians
  • Society for Medical Decision Making

Areas of interest

  • Peer review, journal editing, and research communication
  • Research synthesis methods
  • Health experiences research

Honors and awards

  • James Scholar in Independent Study, Abraham Lincoln School of Medicine (1980-1985)
  • Robert Wood Johnson Generalist Faculty Scholar (1993-1997)
  • Award for Distinguished Service, Society for Medical Decision Making (2010)
  • Elected Member, Society for Research Synthesis Methods (2011)
  • Recipient, Clarivate Highly Cited Researchers (2021)


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