Harold (Hal) Sox, MD, is Program Director of Peer Review at the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). He previously served as director of research portfolio development, where, working closely with program directors, he was responsible for the development of PCORI’s research portfolio. He also is a Program Officer within the Clinical Effectiveness Research Program.
A general internist and clinical epidemiologist, Sox has 45 years of experience in patient care, clinical research, and administration. His research has been in medical decision-making: specifically, the development and validation of clinical prediction rules, cognitive biases in decision making, and utility assessment. He has published more than 200 articles, book chapters and books, including the textbook Medical Decision Making, which is now in a second edition.
Sox previously was chair of the department of medicine at Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth College. He chaired the US Preventive Services Task Force, the Medicare Coverage Advisory Committee, and three study committees of the Institute of Medicine, including one that set national priorities for comparative effectiveness research. He has been president of the American College of Physicians and the Society for Medical Decision Making. He was editor-in-chief of Annals of Internal Medicine and is now a member of the JAMA editorial board. He was elected to the Institute of Medicine in 1993.