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Timothy Wilt, M.D., M.P.H.
Timothy Wilt, M.D., M.P.H.
University of Minnesota School of Medicine
Minneapolis VA Health Care System, Minneapolis, MN

Research Interests: Healthcare Policy, Overdiagnosis, Disease Detection and Prevention, High Value Care

Dr. Timothy J. Wilt is a Professor of Medicine (General Medicine) and a Health Services Researcher at the Minneapolis VA Center for Chronic Disease Outcomes Research and the University of Minnesota School of Medicine. His clinical and research interests are in health promotion and disease detection, prevention and treatment. His work is at the interface of health care practice, policy and research with the goal of improving the value of health care by reducing the harms related overdiagnosis and overtreatment particularly in cancer screening and treatment. Dr. Wilt has received more than 60 federal and medical-society sponsored research grants (40 as principal investigator and authored more than 300 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters. He has an active primary care practice and has mentored 17 physician or Ph.D. clinical investigators at the post-graduate level alone. He is a past member of the United States Preventive Services Task Force and current member of the American College of Physicians Clinical Practice Guideline Committee and the Department of Veterans Affairs Preventive Medicine Advisory Committee. He is co-director of the Minnesota AHRQ-Evidence-based Practice Center and Director of the Minneapolis VA Evidence Synthesis Program. He is the Chairman of the VA/NCI/AHRQ funded Prostate cancer Intervention Versus Observation Trial (PIVOT): comparing surgery versus observation for clinically localized prostate cancer and the founding and former editor of the Cochrane Review Group in Prostate Diseases and Urological Cancers. Dr. Wilt is a Master in the American College of Physicians. In 2014, Dr. Wilt received the Department of Veterans Affairs Undersecretary’s Award for Outstanding Achievement in Health Services Research.


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