Rudolf H. Moos, Ph.D., a leading scientist of VA's Health Services and Research Development Service (HSR&D) Center of Excellence in Palo Alto, CA, is the first recipient of the Under Secretary's Award for Outstanding Achievement in Health Services Research. Established in 1998, this award recognizes and honors the highest level of achievement in health services research. The Under Secretary's Award for Outstanding Achievement in Health Services Research recognizes an individual who has: (1) conducted research that significantly enhances our understanding of factors affecting the health of veterans, or that has led to a major improvement in the quality of veterans' health care; (2) made a substantive contribution to the future by inspiring a new generation of investigators through excellence in training and mentorship; and (3) enhanced the visibility and reputation of VA research through national leadership. In a career that spans more than 35 years, Dr. Moos has accomplished all these things, and more.
Dr. Moos has worked to improve the lives of veterans affected by substance abuse and/or psychiatric disorders by contributing to an understanding of the patient and treatment factors that predict the outcomes of mental health care, and developing methods to assess the quality of patient care. Dr. Moos also developed methods to identify psychosocial risk factors associated with the onset, progression, and remission of psychiatric and substance abuse disorders.
During his career, Dr. Moos has been the recipient of several other important awards for his research, including one of the first MERIT Awards given by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). He is recognized both nationally and internationally as an expert in health services research and has an impressive record as a mentor and has influenced a generation of researchers. In just one 10-year span, Dr. Moos' extensive body of scholarly work was cited by his peers more than 2000 times.
In recognition of his distinguished and extraordinary career, VHA is honored to present the prestigious Under Secretary's Award for Outstanding Achievement in Health Services Research to Dr. Rudolf H. Moos.