Dr. Chou is new director of Pacific Northwest Evidence-based Practice Center at OHSU

Dr. ChouRoger Chou, M.D. R ’98, associate professor of medicine and medical informatics and clinical epidemiology, has been appointed director of the Pacific Northwest Evidence-based Practice Center at OHSU. The appointment became effective Aug. 1.

Previously, Dr. Chou served as the center’s scientific director, a post he held beginning in 2007.

Dr. Chou received his medical degree from Northwestern University Medical School in 1995 and completed an internal medicine residency at OHSU in 1998. He is board certified in internal medicine. Dr. Chou’s research interests include development of evidence-based guidelines for health screening and management of pain conditions. He has led research for the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, the Drug Effectiveness Review Project, the American Pain Society and the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s Effective Health Care Program.

Dr. Chou succeeds Mark Helfand, M.D., M.P.H., M.S., FACP, as director of the center. Dr. Helfand is professor of medicine, medical informatics and clinical epidemiology and a staff physician at the Portland Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

The Pacific Northwest Evidence-based Practice Center at OHSU is one of the nation’s 11 Evidence-based Practice Centers. EPCs review and synthesize scientific literature to support evidence-based decision-making by clinicians and consumers to improve health care in the United States. The nation’s EPCs are designated and overseen by AHRQ.

Previously, the center was called the Oregon EPC at OHSU. In August, the center was awarded a new five-year federal contract with two collaborators: the University of Washington Centers for Comparative and Health Systems Effectiveness (CHASE) Alliance and Spectrum Research, Inc. of Tacoma, Wash. With those new partnerships, the center changed its name to Pacific Northwest Evidence-based Practice Center at OHSU.