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WASHINGTON, D.C. (Dec. 3, 2013) – Steven Clauser, PhD, MPA, will join the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute January 13 as the new Director of PCORI’s Improving Healthcare Systems (IHS) Program. He will replace outgoing IHS Director Chad Boult, MD, MPH, MBA, who played a central role in building a program that has committed more than $89 million in research funding to date.

Clauser’s extensive expertise and background will be valuable in leading a program that supports patient-centered research on innovations designed to improve access to and quality of care and to enhance patients’ self-management of their care. Since 2005, Clauser has directed the National Cancer Institute (NCI) program in outcomes and quality of care research in his position as Chief of the Outcomes Research Branch within the Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences.

Prior to joining NCI, he served in several leadership positions at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, including Director of the Quality Measurement and Health Assessment Group and Director of the Office of Research. He has also worked for the Department of Defense, American Medical Association, and McGraw-Hill in a variety of health policy research positions.

Boult will continue to serve PCORI as an expert consultant through 2014, providing his insights on major research projects initiated during his tenure, including a joint project with the National Institute on Aging to support research on a strategy for preventing fall-related injuries in older adults.

“We are pleased to welcome Steve Clauser even as we must gradually bid farewell to Chad Boult, who has played a key leadership role during PCORI’s formative years,” said PCORI’s Chief Science Officer Bryan Luce, PhD, MBA. “We look forward to benefitting from Steve’s strong experience and leadership in comparative effectiveness research, project management and research funding. And we are grateful that Chad will continue to lend us his expertise and insights over the next year as we ramp up our funding efforts and bring previously initiated projects to full fruition.”

Boult joined PCORI in October 2012 having previously held the position of Professor of Health Policy and Management at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore with joint appointments on the faculties of the Johns Hopkins University Schools of Medicine and Nursing.

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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 healthcare decisions. PCORI is committed to continuously seeking input from a broad range of stakeholders to guide its work.

About PCORI

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) is an independent nonprofit 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 healthcare decisions. PCORI is committed to continually seeking input from a broad range of stakeholders to guide its work.

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