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David Au, M.D, MS
David Au, M.D, MS
University of Washington School of Medicine
VA Puget Sound Health Care System, Seattle, WA

Research Interests: Cancer, Chronic Conditions, Career Development, Healthcare Organization, Patient-Centered Care, Pulmonary Conditions, Specialty Care

Dr. David Au is an Associate Professor of Medicine and Pharmacy and an Investigator within the Department of Veterans Affairs Northwest Center of Excellence for Health Services Research and Development. Dr. Au also co-directs the Clinical Research Training Track within the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at the University of Washington. Dr. Au is nationally recognized for expertise in health services research, clinical and pharmaco-epidemiology of COPD. As a member of the Measurement Assessment Team for COPD, Dr. Au helps develop performance measures for the National Center for Quality Assurance. In addition, Dr. Au is the chair of the ATS Behavioral Sciences Assembly (BSA) and is the past chair of both the planning committee and program committees for the BSA. Dr. Au's research program has focused on the co-management of COPD and other common co-existing illnesses such as myocardial infarction, lung cancer, diabetes, hypertension and chronic heart failure. Dr. Au has recently completed an intervention trial to improve the quality of end-of-life communication between clinicians and patients with COPD and is the Principal Investigator of a VA Merit Review to examine the effects variation in lung cancer care on outcomes such as mortality. He leads other studies funded by the American Lung Association (ALA) and NHLBI.

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