Dr. Douglas K. Owens, Associate Director of the Center for Health Care Evaluation at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System (VAPAHCS), Henry J. Kaiser, Jr. Professor and Director of the Center for Primary Care and Outcomes Research at Stanford University, has been appointed to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) as one of its newest members.
"We congratulate Dr. Owens on his appointment to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force," said Lisa Freeman, Director VAPAHCS. "Dr. Owens' advances in health services research, medical decision making, and evidence-based medicine have been the cornerstone of his work with VA and Stanford University. We are confident that his expertise in these fields leaves him well prepared to make a valuable contribution to the Task Force's prestigious work."
The USPSTF is an independent volunteer panel of 16 experts in prevention and evidence-based medicine. The Task Force makes recommendations to primary care clinicians about preventive services such as screenings, counseling, or preventive medications that may benefit patients before they experience signs or symptoms of a condition. Members come from many health-related fields, including internal medicine, family medicine, pediatrics, behavioral health, obstetrics/gynecology, and nursing.
"I am honored to be chosen," said Dr. Owens. "The Task Force develops clinical guidelines for preventive services, including screening for breast cancer, colon cancer, prostate cancer, cervical cancer, diabetes, drug and alcohol misuse, and hepatitis C. These guidelines are used widely, and they address important issues for our Veterans, and for the Nation at large. I look forward to working with the Task Force."
Dr. Owens is a general internist and also serves as a senior investigator at the VAPAHCS, where he is the associate director of the Center for Health Care Evaluation. Dr. Owens' research focuses on technology assessment, cost-effectiveness analysis, evidence synthesis, and methods for clinical decision making. Dr. Owens is the Henry J. Kaiser, Jr. Professor and director of the Center for Health Policy in the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies and director of the Center for Primary Care and Outcomes Research in the School of Medicine at Stanford University.