Lecture Explores Relationship of Data and Better Health Outcomes

Robert M. Califf, MD


Improving Health Outcomes in the Era of Data Ubiquity” is the title of a state-of-the-art lecture to be given on Sunday, October 28.

The speaker will be Robert M. Califf, MD, vice chancellor for health data science at Duke University and Donald F. Fortin, MD, Professor of Cardiology in the university’s medical school. He is also director of Duke Forge, the university’s center for health data science.

Dr. Califf served in the Obama administration as deputy commissioner for medical products and tobacco in the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) from 2015 through 2016, and as commissioner of food and drugs from 2016 through 2017. Prior to joining the FDA, Dr. Califf was a professor of medicine and vice chancellor for clinical and translational research at Duke University. He was the founding director of the Duke Clinical Research Institute.

A nationally and internationally recognized expert in cardiovascular medicine, health outcomes research, healthcare quality, and clinical research, Dr. Califf has led many landmark clinical trials and is one of the most frequently cited authors in biomedical science, with 1250 publications in the peer-reviewed literature.

He has served on numerous Institute of Medicine committees and was a member of the FDA Cardiorenal Advisory Panel and FDA Science Board Subcommittee on Science and Technology. Dr. Califf has been a member of advisory committees for the National Library of Medicine; National Cancer Institute; National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute; National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences; and National Institute on Aging. He has also served on committees of the American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association and was editor-in-chief of American Heart Journal for a decade.

Dr. Califf has led major initiatives aimed at improving methods and infrastructure for clinical research, including the Clinical Trials Transformation Initiative, a public-private partnership co-founded by the FDA and Duke. He also served as the co-principal investigator of the National Patient-Centered Clinical Research Network (PCORnet). He currently chairs the board of the People-Centered Research Foundation, a nonprofit organization that supports the work of PCORnet.

Dr. Califf is a graduate of Duke University School of Medicine. He completed a residency in internal medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, and a fellowship in cardiology at Duke.

October/November 2018 (Vol. 10, Number 10 & 11)