Patients and health care systems worldwide have benefited from Ed Wagner, MD, MPH's commitment to transforming health care. Best known for innovations in chronic illness care, Dr. Wagner's work spans a range of topics in health services research and produces results that consistently enhance our nation’s capacity for health systems change.
Translating evidence-based methods of improving care into practice is the tie that binds Dr. Wagner's investigations in preventive medicine, geriatrics, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and cancer. Another common thread is collaboration—between researchers and health care teams, between health care teams and patients, and between researchers at different health care organizations. Under his leadership, several projects, initiatives, and organizations aimed at improving care have sprung up and flourished.
Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute's founding director, Dr. Wagner established its MacColl Center for Health Care Innovation in 1992, launching a new effort to move advances in quality improvement research into practice. He and his team developed and disseminated the Chronic Care Model (CCM), an evidence-based framework for health care that delivers safe, effective, and collaborative care to patients.
The CCM is widely recognized for its capacity to guide health care teams in caring for chronically ill patients. Funded as a national program by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and led by Dr. Wagner, Improving Chronic Illness Care (ICIC) introduced the Chronic Care Model to a wide spectrum of organizations, with a particular focus on safety net practices. Over the past two decades, he and his colleagues at the MacColl Center have focused on promoting such efforts in quality improvement research to organizations serving safety net populations. Dr. Wagner also served for many years as principal investigator for the Cancer Research Network CRN, a National Cancer Institute-funded consortium of health-plan-based research organizations. The CRN is part of the Health Care System Research Network (formerly called the HMO Research Network), a larger alliance of health care delivery organizations with sophisticated research capabilities that he helped establish in 1996.
Dr. Wagner's professional service is extensive. Locally, he served as co-chair of the task force that led to the creation of the Washington Health Alliance, a regional multi-stakeholder collaboration committed to improving health care quality and reducing costs in the Pacific Northwest.
In 2007, Dr. Wagner received the Health Quality Award from the National Committee for Quality Insurance (NCQA) and was elected into the National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine, now National Academy of Medicine. A longstanding champion of patient-centered care, he was also honored in 2007 with the Picker Award for Excellence in the Advancement of Patient-Centered Care—for advocating that respecting patients' values and preferences be central to chronic illness care. He received the William B. Graham Prize for Health Services Research in 2011, and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Association of Community Health Centers in 2012. Dr. Wagner has authored two books and more than 300 publications. He is also professor emeritus of health services at the University of Washington School of Public Health.
Dr. Wagner retired in June 2017.
Wagner EH, Gupta R, Coleman K. Practice transformation in the safety net medical home: a qualitative look. Med Care. 2014 Nov;52 Suppl 4:S18-22. doi: 10.1097/MLR.0000000000000196.
Wagner EH, Sandhu N, Coleman K, Phillips KE, Sugarman J. Improving care coordination in primary care. Med Care. 2014 Nov;52 Suppl 4:S33-8. doi: 10.1097/MLR.0000000000000197.
Coleman K, Phillips KE, Van Borkulo N, Daniel D, Johnson KE, Wagner EH, Sugarman JR. Unlocking the black box: supporting practices to become patient-centered medical homes. Med Care. 2014 Nov;52 Suppl 4:S11-7. doi: 10.1097/MLR.0000000000000190.
Johnson KE, Coleman K, Phillips KE, Austin BT, Daniel DM, Ridpath J, Schaefer J, Wagner EH. Development of a facilitation curriculum to support primary care transformation: the "Coach Medical Home" curriculum. Med Care. 2014 Nov;52 Suppl 4:S26-32. doi: 10.1097/MLR.0000000000000240.
Wang EA, Aminawung JA, Ferguson W, Trestman R, Wagner EH, Bova C. A tool for tracking and Assessing Chronic Illness Care in Prison (ACIC-P). J Correct Health Care. 2014 Oct;20(4):313-33. doi: 10.1177/1078345814541531. Epub 2014 Aug 12. PubMed
Chubak J, Aiello Bowles EJ, Tuzzio L, Ludman E, Rutter CM, Reid RJ, Wagner E. Perspectives of cancer survivors on the role of different healthcare providers in an integrated delivery system. J Cancer Surviv. 2014 Jun;8(2):229-38. doi: 10.1007/s11764-013-0335-1. Epub 2013 Dec 19. PubMed
Loggers ET, Fishman PA, Peterson D, O'Keeffe-Rosetti M, Greenberg C, Hornbrook MC, Kushi LH, Lowry S, Ramaprasan A, Wagner EH, Weeks JC, Ritzwoller DP. Advanced imaging among health maintenance organization enrollees with cancer. J Oncol Pract. 2014 Jul;10(4):231-8. doi: 10.1200/JOP.2013.001258. Epub 2014 May 20. PubMed
Reid RJ, Wagner EH. The Veterans Health Administration patient aligned care teams: lessons in primary care transformation. J Gen Intern Med. 2014 2014 Jul;29 Suppl 2:S552-4. PubMed
Chubak J, Aiello Bowles EJ, Tuzzio L, Ludman E, Rutter CM, Reid RJ, Wagner EH. Perspectives of cancer survivors on the role of different healthcare providers in an integrated delivery system. J Cancer Surviv. 2014 Jun;8(2):229-38. doi: 10.1007/s11764-013-0335-1. Epub 2013 Dec 19. PubMed
Wagner EH, Ludman EJ, Aiello Bowles EJ, Penfold R, Reid RJ, Rutter CM, Chubak J, McCorkle R. Nurse navigators in early cancer care: a randomized, controlled trial. J Clin Oncol. 2014 Jan 1;32(1):12-8. doi: 10.1200/JCO.2013.51.7359. Epub 2013 Nov 25. PubMed
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