Joe V. Selby, MD, MPH, served as Executive Director of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) from July 2011 to November 2019.

As founding Executive Director, Selby oversaw the establishment and implementation of PCORI’s strategy, structure, programs, and operations, as authorized by PCORI’s Board of Governors and guided by stakeholders from across the healthcare community. A family physician, clinical epidemiologist, and health services researcher, Selby has more than 35 years of experience in patient care, research, and administration.

Selby joined PCORI from Kaiser Permanente, Northern California, where he was Director of the Division of Research for 13 years and oversaw a department of more than 50 investigators and 500 research staff members working on more than 250 ongoing studies. He was with Kaiser Permanente for 27 years.

An accomplished researcher, Selby has authored more than 200 peer-reviewed articles and continues to conduct research, primarily in the areas of diabetes outcomes and quality improvement. His publications cover a spectrum of topics, including effectiveness studies of colorectal cancer screening strategies; treatment effectiveness, population management, and disparities in diabetes mellitus; primary care delivery; and quality measurement.

Selby was elected to membership in the Institute of Medicine in 2009 and was a member of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality study section for Health Care Quality and Effectiveness from 1999 to 2003.

A native of Fulton, Missouri, Selby received his MD from Northwestern University and his MPH from the University of California, Berkeley. He was a commissioned officer in the Public Health Service Corps from 1976 to 1983 and received the Commissioned Officer’s Award in 1981.


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