Edward Wagner, MD, MPH

Senior Investigator, Group Health Research Institute; Director (Emeritus), MacColl Center for Health Care Innovation

Edward Wagner, MD, MPH

Senior Investigator, Group Health Research Institute; Director (Emeritus), MacColl Center for Health Care Innovation

Biography

Group Health Research Institute’s founding director, Dr. Wagner established its MacColl Center for Health Care Innovation in 1992, launching a new effort to move advances in quality improvement research into practice. He and his team developed and disseminated the Chronic Care Model (CCM), an evidence-based framework for health care that delivers safe, effective, and collaborative care to patients. Best known for innovations in chronic illness care, Dr. Wagner’s work spans a range of topics in health services research and produces results that consistently enhance our nation’s capacity for health systems change. The CCM now serves as the foundation for improving ambulatory care for many national and international organizations.

In 2007, Dr. Wagner received the Health Quality Award from the National Committee for Quality Insurance (NCQA) and was elected into the IOM. A longstanding champion of patient-centered care, he was also honored in 2007 with the Picker Award for Excellence in the Advancement of Patient-Centered Care—for advocating that respecting patients’ values and preferences be central to chronic illness care. He received the Founders’ Award from the American College of Medical Quality in 2010. He is a Distinguished Alumnus of the University of North Carolina.

Dr. Wagner has authored two books and more than 250 publications. He serves on the editorial boards of Health Services Research, the British Medical Journal and the Journal of Cancer Survivorship. He is also a professor of health services at the University of Washington School of Public Health.

He is also the recipient of the PCPCC’s 2016 Primary Care Community/Research Leadership Award, recognizing his extraordinary leadership in advancing patient-centered primary care and the medical home as a key strategy to improving health care quality, value, and access.

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