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Douglas Owens, M.D., M.S.
Douglas Owens, M.D., M.S.
Stanford University School of Medicine
Palo Alto VA Health Care System, Palo Alto, CA

Research Interests: Clinical Decision, Cost Benefit, Healthcare Policy, Healthcare Informatics, Primary Care, Research Methods

Dr. Douglas K. Owens is a general internist and associate director of the Center for Innovation to Implementation at the Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System. He is the Henry J. Kaiser, Jr., Professor at Stanford University, where he is a professor of medicine, health research and policy, and of management science and engineering. He is director of the Center for Health Policy and of the Center for Primary Care and Outcomes Research (PCOR) at Stanford, and Co-Director of the Center for Population Health Science. His research focuses on technology assessment, cost-effectiveness analysis, evidence synthesis, and methods for clinical decision making, with much of his work centered on HIV and cardiovascular disease. Dr. Owens chaired the Clinical Guidelines Committee of the American College of Physicians for four years. He now serves on the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), which creates national guidelines on prevention services. Recently, he has helped lead the development of guidelines on screening for HIV, hepatitis C, hepatitis B, lung cancer, breast cancer gene mutations, and breast cancer for the USPSTF. He also serves on a committee that is developing guidelines for the conduct of economic analyses for health care in the United States.


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