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Roger Chou M.D.

    • Professor of Medical Informatics and Clinical Epidemiology School of Medicine
    • Professor of Medicine School of Medicine
    • 2012-present Director, Pacific Northwest Evidence-based Practice Center Medical Informatics and Clinical Epidemiology School of Medicine
    • 2007-2012 Scientific Director, Oregon Evidence-based Practice Center Medical Informatics and Clinical Epidemiology School of Medicine
    • 2001-2003 Medical Director, Beaverton Health Center Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics School of Medicine

Roger Chou is a Professor in the Departments of Medicine, and Medical Informatics & Clinical Epidemiology, and Staff Physician in the Internal Medicine Clinic at OHSU. He has served as Director of the Pacific Northwest Evidence-based Practice Center since 2012. He has conducted and led systematic reviews in a number of areas, including chronic pain and musculoskeletal conditions, screening and prevention, diagnostic testing, and prognosis.  Many of his reviews have been used to develop clinical practice guidelines by the American College of Physicians, the US Preventive Services Task Force, the American Pain Society, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and others. He has also conducted methodological research in the conduct of systematic reviews and has led or participated in a number of groups that developed standards for conducting research and systematic reviews. He has served as Director of the American Pain Society clinical guidelines program, a GRADE methodologist for several World Health Organization guidelines, is a member of the Cochrane Back Review Editorial Board, and co-chair of the National Quality Forum Musculoskeletal Standing Committee. In his free time, he enjoys running, rock climbing, mountaineering, hiking, and photography.

Areas of interest

  • Screening and prevention, including HIV, HBV, and HCV screening, prostate cancer and bladder screening, screening for diabetes, lipid screening, vision screening in children and older adults, oral health screening in children, screening for hearing impairment in older adults, vitamin D screening • Evaluation and management of pain, including low back pain, use of opioids, post-operative pain • Methods related to conduct of systematic reviews • Guideline development, implementation, and dissemination


  • B.A., Northwestern University, Evanston Illinois 1991
  • M.D., Northwestern University Medical School, Doctor of Medicine;, Evanston Illinois 1995
  • Residency:

    • Oregon Health Sciences University, Residency Program in Internal Medicine
  • Fellowship:

    • Portland Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Health Services Research Fellowship Portland
  • Certifications:

    • American Board of Internal Medicine
    • United States Medical Licensing Examination, certified
    • State of Oregon Medical License

Honors and awards

  • 2012 Portland Top Doctors, Portland Monthly
  • 2010 Fellow, the American College of Physicians
  • 2010 Visiting Professor, Northwestern University Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute
  • 2008 Outstanding Physician-Investigator, Northwestern Region, Society of General Internal Medicine

Memberships and associations

  • Fellow, American College of Physicians
  • Society for General Internal Medicine
  • American Pain Society


Selected publications

  • Link to complete list of publications located below, under Additional Information.


  • "Quality of adverse event assessment in randomized controlled trials and observational studies [2] (multiple letters)" Mayo Clinic Proceedings January 1 2003
  • "Author's reply to Bernard and Grayson" BMJ (Online) April 14 2012
  • "Updating comparative effectiveness reviews" Journal of Clinical Epidemiology November 2011
  • "Editorial" Drugs  2011
  • "Will this patient develop persistent disabling low back pain?" JAMA - Journal of the American Medical Association April 7 2010
  • "Screening for prostate cancer" Annals of Internal Medicine December 6 2011
  • "Clinical Trial Design Methodology for Pain Outcome Studies"  September 2013
  • "Opioids for Chronic Noncancer Pain" Journal of Pain February 2009
  • "Screening asymptomatic adults with resting or exercise electrocardiography" Annals of Internal Medicine September 20 2011
  • "In response" Spine September 1 2010
  • "Screening for prostate cancer" Annals of Internal Medicine April 3 2012
  • "Clinical Guidelines for the Use of Chronic Opioid Therapy in Chronic Noncancer Pain" Journal of Pain February 2009
  • "Validity of indirect comparisons in meta-analysis - Authors' reply" The Lancet January 27 2007
  • "Upper endoscopy for gastroesophageal reflux disease" Annals of Internal Medicine  2012
  • "Screening for vitamin d deficiency" Annals of Internal Medicine January 20 2015
  • "Kreuzschmerzen in der Primärversorgung" Praxis November 1 2014
  • "Use of intensive insulin therapy for the management of glycemic control in hospitalized patients" Annals of Internal Medicine February 15 2011
  • "Gabapentin versus tricyclic antidepressants for diabetic neuropathy and post-herpetic Neuralgia" Journal of General Internal Medicine February 2009
  • "Validation of a consensus-based minimal clinically important difference (MCID) threshold using an objective functional external anchor" Spine Journal August 2013
  • "Methadone safety" Journal of Pain  2014
  • "Generating evidence on spinal cord stimulation for failed back surgery syndrome" Clinical Journal of Pain November 2008
  • "Inpatient Glycemic Control" American Journal of Medical Quality  2014
  • "Interventional therapies, surgery, and interdisciplinary rehabilitation for low back pain" Spine May 1 2009
  • "Surgery for low back pain" Spine May 1 2009
  • "In response" Annals of Internal Medicine November 18 2014
  • "Author's reply" Clinical Journal of Pain September 2009
  • "Diagnosis and treatment of low back pain" Annals of Internal Medicine October 2 2007
  • "Comparative efficacy and safety of skeletal muscle relaxants for spasticity and musculoskeletal conditions" Journal of Pain and Symptom Management August 2004
  • "Effectiveness and harms of recombinant human bone morphogenetic protein-2 in spine fusion" Annals of Internal Medicine June 18 2013
  • "Screening for visual impairment in children ages 1-5 years" Pediatrics February 2011

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