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August 22, 2008
Under Secretary for Health's Award for Outstanding Achievement in Health Services Research
David A. Asch, MD, MBA was the 2008 recipient of the Under Secretary's Award for Outstanding Achievement in Health Services Research. Through nearly 20 years as a VA health services researcher, exceptional mentor, and leader, Dr. Asch exemplifies the qualities the Award represents. Dr. Asch is the co-Director of HSR&D's Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion (Pittsburgh-Philadelphia), whose mission is to reduce disparities and promote quality in health and health care among veterans and other populations. Dr. Asch's research aims to understand how physicians and patients behave and make medical choices in clinical, financial, and ethically-charged settings.
The Under Secretary's Award was established in 1998 in recognition of the importance of VA's health services research program and its vital link to the healthcare of veterans and the public. Nominations are invited annually for this award, which recognizes the highest level of achievement in health services research.