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  Dan R. Berlowitz, MD, MPH

Dan R. Berlowitz, MD, MPH, is the recipient of the 2015 Under Secretary's Award.

Dan R. Berlowitz, MD, MPH, is the recipient of the 2015 Under Secretary's Award for Outstanding Achievement in Health Services Research. This award is the highest honor for a VA health services researcher. It represents exceptional achievement in improving the health and quality of care of Veterans, inspiring and training the next generation of health services researchers, and enhancing the visibility and recognition of VA research nationally.

Dr. Berlowitz is a leading health services researcher with strong methodological expertise in the areas of quality assessment, risk adjustment, and the use of large databases. His work focuses on assessing and improving the quality of health care for Veterans. For example, he examined the care of Veterans with hypertension and recognized what is now referred to as "clinical inertia"—the failure to intensify therapy when indicated. His research led to a reevaluation in how people think about the problem of uncontrolled hypertension, and VA responded through a quality improvement initiative. Hypertension control rates are now well over 70 percent, in large part due to reducing clinical inertia. In addition, Dr. Berlowitz has worked with more than 20 Fellows and Career Development Awardees on diverse projects, with many achieving successful academic careers. He also is a prolific author, with more than 170 publications.

Dr. Berlowitz is the former Co-Director of HSR&D's Center for Healthcare Organization and Implementation Research (CHOIR), located in Bedford and Boston, Massachusetts. From 2004 to 2013, he served as Director of HSR&D's Center for Health Quality, Outcomes and Economic Research, and since 2012, he has served as Acting Chief of Staff for the Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial VA Hospital in Bedford.