Blagg Lectureship to Cover Patients’ Hospital Transition Process

David O. Meltzer, MD, PhD


David O. Meltzer, MD, PhD, will discuss “Optimizing Transitions for Our Patients in and out of the Hospital: Justifying Theory and Practice” in the Christopher R. Blagg, MD, Lectureship in Renal Disease and Public Policy on Thursday, Nov. 17.

Dr. Meltzer is chief of the section of hospital medicine, director of the Center for Health and the Social Sciences, director of the UChicago Urban Health Lab, and chair of the Committee on Clinical and Translational Science at the University of Chicago. He is also the Fannie L. Pritzker Professor in the department of medicine, the Harris School of Public Policy Studies, and the department of economics.

Dr. Meltzer’s research explores problems in health economics and public policy with a focus on the theoretical foundations of medical cost-effectiveness analysis and the cost and quality of hospital care. He has performed randomized trials on the use of hospitalists to specialize in inpatient care. He is currently leading a Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation challenge award to study the effects of improved continuity in the doctor-patient relationship between the inpatient and outpatient setting, focusing on the costs and outcomes of care for frequently hospitalized Medicare patients.

He helped lead the formation of the Chicago Learning Effectiveness Advancement Research Network (Chicago LEARN), which helped pioneer collaboration of Chicago-area academic medical centers in hospital-based comparative effectiveness research. He was also a leader of the Chicago Area Patient Centered Outcomes Research Network (CAPriCORN), which was funded by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI).

Dr. Meltzer is a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, an elected member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation, and past president of the Society for Medical Decision Making. He has served on several Institute of Medicine panels, including one examining US organ allocation policy.

He also has served on the Advisory Committee on Healthy People 2020 of the US Department of Health and Human Services, on the PCORI methodology committee, as a council member of the National Institute for General Medical Studies, and as a health economics adviser for the Congressional Budget Office. Dr. Meltzer has received many awards, including the Eugene Garfield Award from Research America, the Eisenberg Excellence in Mentoring Award from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and the Learning Healthcare System Award from the Association of American Medical Colleges. He is a member of the National Academy of Medicine.

Dr. Meltzer received both his MD and his PhD in economics from the University of Chicago and completed his residency in internal medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.

October/November 2016  (Vol 8, Issue 10/11)