December 30, 2013
Singh and Iverson Named 2013 PECASE Recipients
VA's Health Services Research & Development Service (HSR&D) investigators Hardeep Singh, M.D., M.P.H., and Katherine Iverson, Ph.D., have been
named recipients of the 2013 Presidential Early Career Scientist Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE).
Dr. Singh, an internist, is Chief of the Health Policy, Quality, and Informatics Program with the HSR&D Center for Innovations in Quality, Effectiveness and Safety
(iQuEST) at the Michael E.
DeBakey VA Medical Center, and is also an Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine, Section of Health Services Research at Baylor College of
Medicine. Dr. Singh's work focuses on three specific areas: understanding and reducing diagnostic errors in the ambulatory care setting (especially
those that involve missed and delayed cancer diagnosis); use of health information technology to identify and reduce diagnostic errors; and patient
safety related to the implementation and use of the VA's electronic health record. In addition to his role within iQuEST, Dr. Singh is also principal
investigator for a study,
Automated Point of-Care Surveillance of Outpatient Delays in Cancer Diagnosis
, will evaluate the accuracy of a "real-time" automated surveillance system to identify Veterans at risk for missed or delayed diagnosis of common
cancers. Dr. Singh is
in the subject areas of patient safety and diagnostic errors.
Drs. Singh and Iverson will receive their PECASE awards from President Obama at a White House ceremony later this year, along with VA clinical
investigators Dr. Karunesh Ganguly of the San Francisco VA Medical Center, and Dr. Brian Head of the VA San Diego Healthcare System.
Established in 1996, PECASE is the highest honor bestowed by the United States government upon outstanding scientists and engineers beginning their
independent careers. The award is given annually by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy; it recognizes preeminent young scientists and
engineers for their innovative research and their ï¿½exceptional potential to shape the future through intellectual and inspired leadership.ï¿½ For a list of
all 2103 award winners, or to learn more, read the
White House press release.