Speaker Profile

M.D., MPH, Executive Director, PCORI

After obtaining his MD Degree from Northwestern, Dr. Selby moved to Northern California for internship and a family medicine residency and eventually an MPH at UC Berkeley. His fellowship project concerned Behavioral Factors in Cardiovascular Disease. He stayed in the bay area at Kaiser Permanente for 27 years, including 13 as Director of Research supervising up to 50 investigators and 500 staff members. He has had academic appointments at UC Berkeley, UCSF and Stanford. He has authored more than 200 peer reviewed articles on far ranging topics such as quality measurement and improvement, primary care delivery, colorectal cancer screening and many studies that could be classified under the heading of “comparative effectiveness” – largely in the areas of diabetes, HTN and cardiovascular disease. He has received honors from the Public Health Service, the American Epidemiological Society, Kaiser Permanente and in 2009 he was elected into the Institute of Medicine. In July 2011 Dr. Selby became the first Executive Director of the Patient-Centered Outcome Research Institute (PCORI). PCORI’s mandate is to improve the quality and relevance of the evidence available in order to help patients, caregivers, employers, insurers and policy makers make informed healthcare decisions.


Patient-Centered Outcomes Research – in Support of Personalized Care
Patient-centered outcomes research is comparative research that emphasizes the search for personal markers of treatment response: both positive response and adverse effects. There has been recent progress toward achieving research that produces more personalized evidence for more personalized care.

Session Abstract – PMWC 2017 Silicon Valley

Session Synopsis: Adoption and insurer coverage of precision medicine will require evidence that it improves patient outcomes. In this session, we will discuss progress toward achieving research that produces more personalized evidence for more personalized care, consistent and predictable insurer coverage of precision medicine, and next steps towards improving clinical evidence.

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