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Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute

Washington, D.C. (August 12, 2013) – Eugene Washington, MD, MSc, first Chair of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Board of Governors, has informed the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) that he will step down from that position and leave the Board at the end of 2013.

Washington, Vice Chancellor of UCLA Health Sciences and Dean of the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California Los Angeles, has served as chair since Sept. 23, 2010, when the full Board was announced.  Washington is one of seven Board members representing physicians and other healthcare providers. The Board’s composition is determined by PCORI’s authorizing legislation. GAO will designate a new chair from among current Board members and will also appoint a replacement Board member by the end of 2013.

“It has been an honor and a privilege to serve as the first Board Chair of the nation’s first research institute with a singular focus on comparative clinical effectiveness research,” Washington said. “Over the last three years, we have begun to create a movement that meaningfully involves patients and incorporates their voices in producing trusted, evidence-based information, promoting better decisions and ultimately better health for all. With a solid foundation in place, I am confident that PCORI will fulfill its mission to effectively answer questions faced by patients and other clinical care decision makers.”

Under Washington’s leadership, PCORI established its national priorities for research and its research agenda, adopted its first methodology standards, initiated research funding, and built from the ground up a research organization that aims to incorporate the perspectives of patients and other stakeholders from across the healthcare community throughout the research process.

“When we were appointed as Board members,” said PCORI Board Vice Chair Steven Lipstein, MHA, “we were 21 individuals with very different perspectives and interests. Gene’s leadership helped us look past our own particular interests and work collaboratively. Together, we have put the interests of patients and those who care for them first. The result is a growing national research institute that’s making a real difference in how research is conducted and can be supported by all stakeholders in our diverse national healthcare community.”

“Dr. Washington has devoted a tremendous amount of his time, energy and wisdom over the last three years to get PCORI up and running,” said PCORI Executive Director Joe Selby, MD, MPH. “I am grateful for the exceptional leadership he has brought to the organization. Thanks to his efforts, and those of our Board, Methodology Committee and staff under his tenure, we are well positioned to carry PCORI forward and support research that has a meaningful real-world impact by answering the research questions most important to patients and those who care for them.”


The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) is an independent, non-profit organization authorized by Congress in 2010. Its mission is to fund research that will provide patients, their caregivers and clinicians with the evidence-based information needed to make better-informed health care decisions. PCORI is committed to continuously seeking input from a broad range of stakeholders to guide its work. More information is available at www.pcori.org.

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