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.
Ladden MD, Bodenheimer T, Fishman NW, Flinter M, Hsu C, Parchman M, Wagner EH. The emerging primary care workforce: preliminary observations from the primary care team: learning from Effective Ambulatory Practices Project. Acad Med. 2013 Dec;88(12):1830-4. doi: 10.1097/ACM.0000000000000027. Epub 2013 Oct 14. PubMed
Daniel DM, Wagner EH, Coleman K, Schaefer JK, Austin BT, Abrams MK, Phillips KE, Sugarman JR. Assessing progress toward becoming a patient-centered medical home: an assessment tool for practice transformation. Health Serv Res. 2013 Dec;48(6 Pt 1):1879-97. doi: 10.1111/1475-6773.12111. Epub 2013 Oct 21. PubMed
Horner K, Ludman E, McCorkle R, Canfield E, Flaherty L, Min J, Miyoshi J, Lapham B, Bowles EA, Wagner E. An oncology nurse navigator program designed to eliminate gaps in early cancer care. Clin J Oncol Nurs. 2013 Feb 1;17(1):43-8. PubMed
Bowles EJ, Wellman R, Feigelson HS, Onitilo AA, Freedman AN, Delate T, Allen LA, Nekhlyudov L, Goddard KA, Davis RL, Habel LA, Yood MU, Magid D, Wagner EH, for the Pharmacovigilance Study Team. Risk of heart failure in breast cancer patients after anthracycline and trastuzumab treatment: a retrospective cohort study. J Natl Cancer Inst. 2012 Sep 5;104(17):1293-305. PubMed
Wagner EH, Coleman K, Reid RJ, Phillips K, Abrams MK, Sugarman JR. The changes involved in patient-centered medical home transformation. Prim Care. 2012;39(2):241-59. Epub 2012 Apr 24. PubMed
Allen LA, Yood MU, Wagner EH, Aiello Bowles EJ, Pardee R, Wellman R, Habel L, Nekhlyudov L, Davis RL, Onitilo AA, Magid DJ; for the Pharmacovigilance Research Group. Performance of claims-based algorithms for identifying heart failure and cardiomyopathy among patients diagnosed with breast cancer. Med Care. 2014 May;52(5):e30-8. doi: 10.1097/MLR.0b013e31825a8c22. Epub 2012 May 25. PubMed
Lowry SJ, Loggers ET, Bowles EJ, Wagner EH. Evidence gaps in advanced cancer care: community-based clinicians' perspectives and priorities for CER. Am J Manag Care. 2012;18(5 Spec No. 2):SP77-83. PubMed
Lowry SJ, Loggers ET, Bowles EJ, Wagner EH. Evidence gaps in advanced cancer care: community-based clinicians' perspectives and priorities for comparative effectiveness research. J Oncol Pract. 2012 May;8(3 Suppl):28s-33s. PubMed
Delate T, Bowles EJ, Pardee R, Wellman RD, Habel LA, Yood MU, Nekhlyudov L, Goddard KA, Davis RL, McCarty CA, Onitilo AA, Feigelson HS, Freml J, Wagner E. Validity of eight integrated healthcare delivery organizations' administrative clinical data to capture breast cancer chemotherapy exposure. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2012 Apr;21(4):673-80. Epub 2012 Feb 15. PubMed
Wagner EH, Coleman K, Reid RJ, Phillips K, Sugarman JR. Guiding the transformation to a medical home. The Commonwealth Fund. February 27, 2012.
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