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Prof Lesley CURTIS


Interim Executive Director, Duke Clinical Research Institute,

Duke University Medical Centre, United States of America           


Chair and Professor, Department of Population Health Sciences,
Duke University School of Medicine, United States of America

• Speaker, Regional Health Systems Plenary, 21 Sep 2018

• Speaker, Regional Health Systems Symposium, 22 Sep 2018


A health services researcher by training, Prof Lesley Curtis oversees a portfolio of projects that use observational data to address questions related to clinical and comparative effectiveness, pharmaco-epidemiology, healthcare delivery, and epidemiological trends across a broad array of clinical conditions and clinical care settings. An expert in the use of Medicare claims data for health services and clinical outcomes research, she has led the linkage of Medicare claims with several large clinical registries and epidemiological cohort studies including the Framingham Heart Study and the Cardiovascular Health Study. 

Prof Curtis serves on the American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology Task Force on Practice Guidelines and on the American Heart Association’s Task Force on Performance Measures, working to continuously improve the incorporation of evidence into healthcare delivery. 

Additionally, she serves as Co-Lead of the Data Core for the FDA’s Sentinel Initiative, Co-PI of the NIH Health Care Systems Collaboratory, and Lead of the Distributed Research Network Operations Center for PCORI’s National Clinical Research Network (PCORnet), working with health systems and patient networks to develop a harmonised data infrastructure for robust observational and interventional research.