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Tuesday, October 22, 2013



Harold Sox, MD, to Serve as Senior Adviser to Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute

Leading Authority on Comparative Effectiveness Research and Research Dissemination to Support PCORI’s Mission
For Immediate Release
Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute
Contact: Christine Stencel, PCORI Media Relations (202-570-9275 or cstencel@pcori.org)
WASHINGTON, D.C. (Oct. 17, 2013) – Harold Sox, MD, an internationally recognized expert on translating medical evidence into recommendations for best clinical practice, has been named Senior Adviser to the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, PCORI announced today.
Sox will assist PCORI in identifying specific research questions based on a high-priority research topic chosen by PCORI’s Advisory Panel on Assessment of Prevention, Diagnosis, and Treatment Option. He will also help develop PCORI’s policies on peer review and publication of research results, drawing on his eight years as editor of theAnnals of Internal Medicine. In addition, using his experience in shared decision-making and translating evidence into practice, he will assist PCORI in developing its portfolio of research on innovative strategies for helping clinicians and their patients to make decisions together.
Sox previously served as a member of PCORI’s Advisory Panel on Assessment of Prevention, Diagnosis, and Treatment Option, but stepped off upon assuming this new role. Sox will divide his time between PCORI and his ongoing position as professor of medicine at Dartmouth College’s Geisel School of Medicine.
“We are thrilled to tap Hal Sox’s extensive knowledge and expertise in comparative effectiveness research to advance our mission and ensure that we support research that will yield truly useful results,” said PCORI’s Executive Director Joe Selby. “Our efforts to speed implementation of study also will benefit greatly from Dr. Sox’s insights on the dissemination of research findings and their adoption into practice.”
“I’m very pleased to be working with the PCORI team,” Sox said. “I believe deeply in PCORI’s mission, and I’m glad for an opportunity to help it thrive.”
An internist by training, Sox has been a leader in applying the principles of medical decision making to patient-centered care. He was an expert in comparative effectiveness research (CER) during his tenures at Stanford University and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, chaired the department of medicine at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center.
In addition, he has served as a member and chair of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force and has led several committees convened by the Institute of Medicine, including one charged with setting national priorities for CER. He is the author or co-author of many books and articles, including Medical Decision Making, an introductory textbook used worldwide.

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