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Expert on health care quality to speak Aug. 22 at MSU

August 17, 2016 -- From MSU News Service

Robert Dittus, Albert and Bernard Werthan Chair of Medicine and director of the Institute for Medicine and Public Health at Vanderbilt University, will present “The New Frontier of Population Health: Opportunities for Academia” in a presentation set for Monday, Aug. 22, at Montana State University. Photo courtesy of Robert Dittus.

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BOZEMAN — A national expert on improving the quality of health care will give a free public presentation at 2:15 p.m. Monday, Aug. 22, at Montana State University. The presentation, to be held in room 108 of Reid Hall, will be followed by a question and answer session.
 
Robert Dittus, Albert and Bernard Werthan Chair of Medicine and director of the Institute for Medicine and Public Health at Vanderbilt University, will present “The New Frontier of Population Health: Opportunities for Academia.”
 
Colleagues say over the course of his more than 30-year career, Dittus’ research has improved the effectiveness, efficiency, timeliness, safety and equity of health care, and he has advanced the methodology of medical decision-making.
 
Dittus has led or been co-investigator on studies receiving more than $350 million in grant funding. He has authored authored more than 200 publications and has conducted numerous studies delineating the comparative effectiveness of alternative strategies for clinical care. He has also conducted studies examining the microsystems of health care that have improved health care delivery and the macrosystems of health care that have led to improvements in health policy.  
 
His ongoing projects are designed to examine and improve healthcare systems and health outcomes throughout the Vanderbilt University Medical Center and the VA Tennessee Valley Healthcare System. He is also principal investigator of a large project designed to improve health care delivery through care coordination. 
 
Dittus has served as president of the Association for Clinical Research Training and received the 2013 Distinguished Educator Award from the Association for Clinical and Translational Science.
 
Dittus also serves as associate vice chancellor for public health and health care, senior associate dean for population health sciences, director of Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center, and director of Quality Scholars Program at VA Tennessee Valley Healthcare System.

Contact: Renee Reijo Pera, (406) 994-2891 or research@montana.edu