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HSR&D Investigator Receives Mark Wolcott Award for Clinical Excellence

February 8, 2016

Matthew Goetz, MD, Core Investigator with HSR&D's Center for the Study of Healthcare Innovation, Implementation and Policy (CSHIIP) in Los Angeles, has received the Mark Wolcott Award for Excellence in Clinical Care Leadership. Established in 1996, there are two categories of awards: Excellence in Clinical Care Delivery, which recognizes a practitioner who has demonstrated excellence in "hands on" direct patient care, and Excellence in Clinical Care Leadership, which recognizes a healthcare practitioner who has demonstrated excellence through exceptional support for direction patient care providers, including support of innovations that enhance the quality of direct patient care delivery.

With research interests in HIV and antimicrobial stewardship, Dr. Goetz also is Chief of Infectious Diseases and Director of the Clinical AIDS/HIV Program at the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System, and is a Professor of Clinical Medicine at UCLA. For several years, Dr. Goetz also was the Clinical Coordinator for the VA HSR&D's HIV/Hepatitis C Quality Enhancement Research Initiative (QUERI). Dr. Goetz continues to play a critical role in the development and implementation of advancements in the VA healthcare system to enhance the detection of HIV, as well as the quality of care for HIV-infected patients. In addition, Dr. Goetz is a member of the VA Infectious Diseases Field Advisory Group, as well as the HIV and HCV Technical Advisory Committees. He also is a co-investigator in an HSR&D study to evaluate Cognitive Support Informatics for Antimicrobial Stewardship.

The Wolcott Award is named after Mark Wolcott, MD, who dedicated more than 30 years of his life to serve and improve healthcare for Veterans. Each Award winner receives a plaque and a $5,000 cash award.