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Stephan D. Fihn, M.D, MPH
Stephan D. Fihn, M.D, MPH
University of Washington School of Medicine
VA Puget Sound Health Care System, Seattle, WA

Research Interests: Big Data, Cardiology, Chronic Conditions, Clinical Decision, Patient-Centered Care, Primary Care, Quality Measurement

Dr. Stephan Fihn is a general internist and serves as Director of the Office of Analytics and Business Intelligence (ABI) in the Veterans Health Administration and as a staff physician at VA Puget Sound Health Care System (VAPSHCS). He is presently a Professor in the departments of Medicine and of Health Services at UW. He has served as Head of the Division of General Internal Medicine at UW since 1995. From 1993 to 2011, Dr. Fihn directed the Northwest VA Health Services Research & Development Center of Excellence at VAPSHCS. His research has addressed topics related to strategies for improving the efficiency and quality of primary medical care and understanding the epi¬demiology of common medical problems. He received the Department of Veteran Affairs Undersecretary’s Award for Outstanding Contributions in Health Services Research in 2002. He served as Acting Chief Research and Development Officer for the Department of Veterans Affairs in 2004-5. He has published 300 scientific articles and book chapters. In addition, Dr. Fihn has served as the Chief Quality and Performance Officer for the Veterans Health Administration 2007-8. In his current position, he is responsible for supporting high level analytics and delivery of clinical and business information throughout the VA health system. He remains an active clinician and was named a “Top Doc” by Seattle Metropolitan Magazine in 2011. Dr. Fihn is active in several academic organizations including the Society of General Internal Medicine [SGIM] (past-president), the American College of Physicians (fellow), American Heart Association (fellow) and AcademyHealth. In 2012 he received the Robert J. Glaser Award for outstanding contributions to research, education, or both in generalism in medicine from SGIM.

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