Richard A. Deyo, M.D., M.P.H.

  • Professor of Family Medicine, School of Medicine
  • Professor of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics, School of Medicine
  • Investigator, Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences

Biography

Richard Deyo is OHSU Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at Oregon Health and Science University. Dr. 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 research fellowship and MPH degree at the University of Washington as a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar.  

Deyo is a Deputy Editor of Spine and a member of the Editorial Board of the Back Review Group of the Cochrane Collaboration. He is co-editor of the book Evidence-Based Clinical Practice: Concepts and Approaches. In 2004, he received the John M. Eisenberg Award for career achievement in research from the Society of General Internal Medicine. In 2015,  He received the Wiltse Lifetime Achievement Award, 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. 

Dr. Deyo has a long-standing research interest in measuring patient function, involving patients in clinical decisions, and managing low back pain. 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 most recent book is 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 (Cornell University Press, 2014).

Education

  • M.D., 1975, Pennsylvania State University -Hershey Medical Center
  • M.P.H., 1981, University of Washington
  • Internship:

    • University of Texas Health Science Center, Department of Medicine, San Antonio, Texas (UTHSCSA)
  • Residency:

    • University of Texas Health Science Center, Department of Medicine, San Antonio, Texas
  • Fellowship:

    • Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program, University of Washington
  • Certifications:

    • Diplomate, American Board of Internal Medicine

Memberships and associations

  • American College of Physicians; Fellow
  • Society of General Internal Medicine:
  • American Society for Clinical Investigation (ASCI)
  • Association of American Physicians (AAP)
  • Society of Teachers of Family Medicine

Areas of interest

  • Measuring patient function
  • Involving patients in clinical decisions
  • Managing low back pain
  • Inappropriate use of medical technology, and the commercial, political, and media forces that affect it

Publications

Publications

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