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Randall S. Stafford, MD, PhD   Download vCard
Associate Professor of Medicine at the Stanford Prevention Research Center, SCPKU Fellow April-June 2014 and Stanford Health Policy Associate

Stanford Prevention Research Center
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Research Interests
chronic disease prevention and treatment; trends in primary care practice; promoting the adoption of evidence-based therapies; patterns of medication prescribing; pharmaceutical costs and promotion; diminishing racial and socioeconomic disparities in health care

Randall Stafford is an associate professor of medicine at the Stanford Prevention Research Center and a fellow at CHP/PCOR. He is an epidemiologist, health services researcher and primary-care internist. His research focuses on patient and physician interventions to improve chronic disease prevention, and the mechanisms by which physicians adopt new prevention practices. Many of his published studies have documented and raised concerns about the so-called "quality gap" -- the healthcare system's failure to consistently implement clinically proven therapies -- and have helped shape policy initiatives aimed at improving medical care. His research has also focused on drug costs and patterns of medication prescribing. At the Stanford Prevention Research Center, he directs the Program on Prevention and Outcomes Practices. He maintains clinical responsibilities at Stanford's Preventive Cardiology and Internal Medicine clinics, and serves on Stanford Medical School's faculty Senate.

From 1994 to 2001 he served on the faculty at Harvard University Medical School and at Massachusetts General Hospital's Institute for Health Policy, where he was principal investigator on several federally funded projects that assessed and sought to improve physician practices. As assistant director of primary care operations improvement at Massachusetts General, he led several projects aimed at improving the quality of outpatient care at the hospital. He joined the Stanford faculty in 2001.

Stafford earned a BA in sociology from Reed College, an MS in health administration from Johns Hopkins University, an MD from UC-San Francisco and a PhD in epidemiology from UC-Berkeley. He completed an internal medicine residency at Massachusetts General Hospital and a fellowship in epidemiology at the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


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Stanford researchers, clinicians and academics gather for Obesity Summit 2
Randall Stafford, MD, PhD, delivered a talk titled, “Designing and Evaluating Obesity Treatment Strategies for Low-Income Communities,” where he discussed the Vivamos Activos clinical trail. During the two-year study, 207 low-income and Latino patients who are obese and who had one or more heart disease risk factors were randomly selected to ...
September 14, 2011 in Scope (blog)

A conversation about behavioral informatics for health
In this Q&A, I asked Randall S. Stafford, MD, PhD, who was involved in organizing the event, to share some details about the event and his previous research on electronic health records. There will be discussion of two main uses of IT.
April 26, 2011 in Scope (blog)

Studies show misuse of expensive blood-clotting drug
The other Stanford co-authors of the first study include Randall Stafford, associate professor of medicine at the Stanford Prevention Research Center; Dena Bravata MS '00, an adjunct associate of the Center for Health Policy/Center for Primary Care and ...
April 20, 2011 in The Stanford Daily

Studies document widespread, risky use of powerful clotting drug on non-hemophilia patients
While there is nothing illegal about off-label prescribing — and, in fact, it can be invaluable in treating diseases for which few therapies exist — senior author Randall Stafford, MD, PhD, associate professor of medicine at the Stanford Prevention Research Center, said the danger is that the drug hasn’t been rigorously tested for these new uses or with broad ranges of patients.
April 18, 2011 in Scope (blog)

Do electronic health records improve health? It's complicated
When I started writing our article about a new paper by Randall Stafford, MD, PhD, on electronic health records, I thought the message ...
January 24, 2011 in Scope (blog)

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