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David Meyers, MD, FAAFP, a board-certified family physician, began serving as Acting Director at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) in January 2021. He leads AHRQ’s mission of producing evidence to make safer, higher quality, more accessible, equitable, and affordable health care, and working within the US Department of Health and Human Services and with other federal, state, and local partners to make sure that the evidence is understood and used.

Meyers joined AHRQ in 2004 and has served under four previous AHRQ directors. He became the agency’s Deputy Director in February 2020 and led many of AHRQ’s strategic planning activities and co-led the development of AHRQ’s National Nursing Home COVID-19 Action Network. 

Prior to his appointment as Deputy Director, he served as AHRQ’s first chief physician and directed EvidenceNOW, AHRQ’s $110 million initiative to help primary care practices improve the heart health of their patients through quality improvement support and the implementation of new evidence. During his more than 15 years with AHRQ, Meyers has directed AHRQ’s Center for Primary Care, Prevention and Clinical Partnerships and established its Center for Evidence and Practice Improvement. He has also directed the Agency’s Practice-Based Research Network initiatives and served as the Acting Scientific Director for the US Preventive Services Task Force.

Meyers’ recent publications focus on the primary care workforce, supporting quality improvement in primary care practice, utilization of clinical preventive services, and trust in the physician-patient relationship.

Before joining AHRQ in 2004, he practiced family medicine, including maternity care, in a community health center in southeast Washington, DC, and directed the Georgetown University Department of Family Medicine’s practice-based research network, CAPRICORN. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and completed his family medicine residency at Providence Hospital/Georgetown University. After residency, he completed fellowship training in primary care health policy and research in the Department of Family Medicine at Georgetown University. In 2019, he was elected a member of the National Academy of Medicine.

Conflicts of Interest

As of December 8, 2020

Financial or Business Associations:

  • None reported.

Personal Associations:

  • None reported.

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