Neeraj Arora, PhD, is an Associate Director in the Healthcare Delivery and Disparities Research program at the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). In this role, he leads a scientific team that oversees a large portfolio of comparative effectiveness research studies aimed at improving the quality of care delivery and patient-centered outcomes in a variety of illness settings, including cancer, multiple chronic conditions, and palliative and end-of-life care.
Before joining PCORI, Arora served as a program director at the National Cancer Institute (NCI), where he led a research program aimed at facilitating the assessment, monitoring, and improvement of patient-centered cancer care. At the NCI, Arora served as the scientific officer for the Cancer Care Outcomes Research and Surveillance initiative, one of the largest evaluations of quality of care and health outcomes experienced by lung and colorectal cancer patients in the US. He has published more than 95 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters, and for more than a decade has highlighted the voice of the patient in presentations on quality of care and patient outcomes at national and international conferences. In 2014, Thomson Reuters listed Arora among the top 1 percent most cited researchers in the world in the field of social sciences, based on publications from 2002 to 2012. He is also the recipient of several NIH merit awards in recognition of his scientific contributions in the areas of patient-centered care and outcomes research at the NCI.
Arora earned a BE in production engineering from Bombay University in India, and a MS and PhD in industrial engineering with a major in health systems from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.