Michael Parchman, MD, MPH


“I am passionate about understanding how primary care teams can deliver high-quality care, meet patient needs, and create joy in practice.”

Michael L. Parchman, MD, MPH

Senior Investigator, Center for Accelerating Care Transformation


Senior Investigator Michael Parchman, MD, MPH, of the Center for Accelerating Care Transformation, is a nationally recognized scholar in the application of implementation science to improving primary care. As both a family practitioner and health services researcher, he has more than 25 years of experience as a clinician and medical educator.

Dr. Parchman’s research focuses on using complexity science to understand how diverse health care teams can work together to achieve high-quality care. He recently led Healthy Hearts Northwest, a four-year study to build quality improvement (QI) capacity in smaller primary care practices in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho, funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)’s EvidenceNOW initiative. The project demonstrated that smaller practices can improve the cardiovascular health of their patients and build their QI capacity if provided with external support.

Other projects Dr. Parchman is working on include:

  • Taking Action on Overuse, a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation-funded fellowship that is training six clinical champions to “de-implement” unnecessary tests and treatments—doing less low-value care that might harm patients;
  • Six Building Blocks Program for Opioid Management, which aims to improve safe prescribing of chronic opioid medication for patients with chronic non-cancer pain in primary care clinics. Funded by AHRQ, the National Institutes of Health, and the Washington State Department of Health; and
  • The University of Washington (UW) Institute of Translational Health Sciences, which focuses on producing innovative and practical tools and methods that will enable scientists around the region to more effectively translate research discoveries into practice.

Dr. Parchman is an affiliate professor of family medicine at the UW School of Medicine and of health services at the UW School of Public Health.

Research interests and experience


Recent publications

Tuzzio L, O'Meara ES, Holden E, Parchman ML, Ralston JD, Powell JA, Baldwin LM. Barriers to implementing cardiovascular risk calculation in primary care: alignment with the Consolidated Framework for Implementation Research. Am J Prev Med. 2021 Feb;60(2):250-257. doi: 10.1016/j.amepre.2020.07.027. Epub 2020 Dec 3. PubMed

Coleman KF, Krakauer C, Anderson M, Michaels L, Dorr DA, Fagnan LJ, Hsu C, Parchman ML. Improving quality improvement capacity and clinical performance in small primary care practices. Ann Fam Med. 2021 Nov-Dec;19(6):499-506. doi: 10.1370/afm.2733. PubMed

Ponce-Gonzalez IM, Perez K, Cheadle AD, Jade M, Iverson B, Parchman ML. A multicomponent health education campaign led by community health workers to increase influenza vaccination among migrants and refugees. J Prim Care Community Health. 2021 Jan-Dec;12:21501327211055627. doi: 10.1177/21501327211055627. PubMed

Fagnan LJ, Ramsey K, Dickinson C, Kline T, Parchman ML. Place matters: closing the gap on rural primary care quality improvement capacity - the Healthy Hearts Northwest study. J Am Board Fam Med. 2021 Jul-Aug;34(4):753-761. doi: 10.3122/jabfm.2021.04.210011. PubMed

Phillips RL, Palen TE, Fields SA, Parchman ML, Johannides J. Clinical quality measure exchange is not easy. Ann Fam Med. May 2021, 19 (3) 207-211; DOI: 10.1370/afm.2649.

Stephens KA, Ike B, Baldwin LM, Packer C, Parchman M. Challenges and approaches to population management of long-term opioid therapy patients. J Am Board Fam Med. 2021 Jan-Feb;34(1):89-98. doi: 10.3122/jabfm.2021.01.190100. PubMed

Ponce-Gonzalez I, Rodriguez CM, Cheadle A, Torrance S, Parchman M. Counting the unsung by promoting participation in the 2020 US census: a survey of migrant workers in Washington state. J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2021;32(1):156-164. doi: 10.1353/hpu.2021.0015. PubMed

Ponce-Gonzalez IM, Cheadle AD, Parchman ML. Correlation of oral health education by community health workers with changes in oral health practices in migrant populations in Washington state. J Prim Care Community Health. 2021 Jan-Dec;12:21501327211002417. doi: 10.1177/21501327211002417. PubMed

Parchman ML, Anderson ML, Penfold RB, Kuo E, Dorr DA. The ability of practices to report clinical quality measures: more evidence of the size paradox? J Am Board Fam Med. Jul-Aug 2020;33(4):620-625. doi: 10.3122/jabfm.2020.04.190369. PubMed

Shoemaker-Hunt S, Sargent W Jr, Swan H, Mikosz C, Cobb K, McDonald D, Keane N, von Korff M, Parchman M, Losby J. Developing clinical quality improvement measures aligned with the CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain : an important strategy to support safer prescribing in primary care. Am J Med Qual. 2020 Jul 29:1062860620944472. doi: 10.1177/1062860620944472. Online ahead of print. PubMed


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