Recognition March 2018

Bruce Psaty receives UWSPH Distinguished Alumni Award

KPWHRI Senior Investigator Bruce M. Psaty, MD, PhD, was honored as the University of Washington School of Public Health’s 2018 Distinguished Alumni Awardee on Feb. 27, 2018 at Kane Hall in Seattle.

UWSPH notes, “Dr. Psaty has made exceptional contributions to the School’s mission of research, teaching and service, beginning with development of the UW’s first course in cardiovascular disease epidemiology in 1987. A national leader in encouraging better post-market surveillance of approved medications, he has also advocated for advances in regulatory science at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.”

At Kaiser Permanente Washington, Dr. Psaty’s work has included population-based case-control studies of myocardial infarction, stroke, atrial fibrillation, and venous thromboembolism.

Jessica Chubak & colleagues’ article one of the most highly cited of 2016 by AACR

The article “Time to Colonoscopy after Positive Fecal Blood Test in Four U.S. Health Care Systems,” authored by KPWHRI’s Jessica Chubak, PhD, and colleagues, was one of the most highly cited cancer epidemiology, biomarkers & prevention (CEBP) articles published in 2016, according to the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR). KPWHRI’s Aruna Kamineni, PhD, and Beverly Green, MD, MPH, were co-authors.

The AACR journals will be highlighting the 2016 most-cited articles, also known as the “Best of the AACR Journals,” in several promotional efforts related to the April 2018 AACR Annual Meeting 2018, including a printed collection and an online edition.

The mission of the American Association for Cancer Research is to prevent and cure cancer through research, education, communication, and collaboration.

David Grossman presented to NIH at Trans-NIH Outcomes-Effectiveness Research Interest Group (OER-IG)

On Feb. 14, 2018, KPWHRI’s David Grossman, MD, MPH, co-presented “Identifying and Closing Evidence Gaps in Clinical Preventive Services” with David Murray, PhD, director, the NIH Office of Disease Prevention (ODP) at the National Institutes of Health’s offices in Bethesda, Md.

Their presentation focused on the methods used by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) to identify key research gaps in the evidence for clinical preventive services provided by primary care clinicians, and on the coordination between the NIH and the USPSTF through the Agency for Healthcare Research Quality (AHRQ). 

Dr. Grossman described the methods that the Task Force uses to select topics, to commission evidence reviews, and to evaluate the evidence to develop its recommendations. The USPSTF is an independent, volunteer panel of national experts in prevention and evidence-based medicine. The Task Force works to improve the health of all Americans by making evidence-based recommendations about clinical preventive services in the areas of screening, behavioral counseling, and preventive medications. 

Dr. Grossman is chairman of the USPSTF, in addition to serving as a senior investigator at the Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute, a pediatrician at Kaiser Permanente Washington, and a senior medical director for the Washington Permanente Medical Group.