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Henry J. Kaiser, Jr. Professor; CHP/PCOR Director; Professor of Medicine and, by courtesy, of Health Research and Policy, and of Management Science and Engineering; Senior Fellow Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies; Senior Investigator at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System

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technology assessment; decision theory; methods for development of clinical guidelines; cost-effectiveness of preventive and treatment interventions for HIV, and of treatment strategies for cardiovascular disease and cancer; evaluation of public health interventions

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Douglas K. Owens is the Henry J. Kaiser, Jr. Professor, and Director of the Center for Health Policy (CHP) in the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI) and of the Center for Primary Care and Outcomes Research (PCOR) in the Department of Medicine and School of Medicine at Stanford.  He is a general internist and Associate Director of the Center for Innovation to Implementation, a health services research center of excellence, at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System.  Owens is a Professor of Medicine and, by courtesy, Professor of Health Research and Policy, and Professor of Management Science and Engineering, at Stanford University; he is also a Senior Fellow at FSI.

Owens' research focuses on technology assessment, cost-effectiveness analysis, evidence synthesis, and methods for clinical decision making and guideline development. He is studying the cost-effectiveness of preventive and therapeutic interventions for HIV/AIDS in several countries; diagnostic and therapeutic interventions for cardiovascular disease; the cost effectiveness of current and emerging therapies for hepatitis C virus infection; approaches to quality improvement; and he has developed methods for developing clinical practice guidelines tailored to specific patient populations. Owens chaired the Clinical Guidelines Committee of the American College of Physicians for four years. The guideline committee develops clinical guidelines that are used widely and are published regularly in the Annals of Internal Medicine.  He is a member of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, which develops national guidelines on preventive care, including guidelines for screening for breast, colorectal, prostate, and lung cancer.

Owens also directed the Stanford-UCSF Evidence-based Practice Center and the Program on Clinical Decision Making and Guideline Development at PCOR.  He directs three training programs in health services research: the Fellowship Program in Health Research and Policy at Stanford, the VA Physician Fellowship in Health Services Research, and the VA Postdoctoral Informatics Fellowship Program.

Owens received a BS and an MS from Stanford University, and an MD from the University of California-San Francisco. He completed a residency in internal medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and a fellowship in health research and policy at Stanford.  Owens is a past-President of the Society for Medical Decision Making.  He received the VA Undersecretary’s Award for Outstanding Achievement in Health Services Research, and the Eisenberg Award for Leadership in Medical Decision Making from the Society for Medical Decision Making.  He was elected to the American Society for Clinical Investigation (ASCI) and the Association of American Physicians (AAP).

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Doug Owens on universal HIV screening
In this podcast, Douglas Owens, MD, professor of medicine and a task force member, discusses how he believes the recommendation, if implemented, could have a substantial impact on the course of the epidemic in the United States. Length: 15 min.
November 21, 2012 in Scope (blog)

Tailored Medicine Could Prevent More Heart Attacks
"This shows that there might be better ways for physicians to choose who gets treated and who does not," said Dr. Douglas K. Owens of the VA Palo Alto Health Care System in California, who wrote an editorial published with the study.
May 16, 2011 in HealthNews

Studies show misuse of expensive blood-clotting drug
The agency funded both Stanford studies. The second study examined the risks and benefits of prescribing RF7a for five particular patient scenarios or conditions: heart surgery, intracranial hemorrhage, body and brain trauma, liver transplantation and ...
April 20, 2011 in The Stanford Daily

Plan to combat growing HIV epidemic in Ukraine
In a study published in the March issue of PLoS-Medicine, researchers at Stanford University and the Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System demonstrate that the most effective way to combat the spreading disease is a combined program of drug ...
March 2, 2011 in (press release)

Stanford study offers plan to combat AIDS in Ukraine
Antiretroviral treatment not only helps the infected individuals, but also reduces the amount of virus they carry so they are less likely to transmit it to others in the general population, notes Douglas Owens, MD, a professor of medicine at Stanford ...
March 1, 2011 in Scope (blog)

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