Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Research Director Cherkin Named to National Advisory Panel

Dr. Cherkin joins 20 other experts from across the U.S. on a prestigious panel that focuses on improving health care systems.

Daniel C. Cherkin, MS, PhD
Daniel C. Cherkin, MS, PhD

Daniel C. Cherkin, MS, PhD, director of the Bastyr University Research Institute (BURI) was recently named to the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Advisory Panel on Improving Healthcare Systems.

According to its website, PCORI, which is based in Washington, D.C., is authorized by Congress to conduct research to provide information about the best available evidence to help patients and their health care providers make more informed decisions. Its goals are to:

  • Substantially increase the quantity, quality, and timeliness of useful, trustworthy information available to support health decisions.
  • Speed the implementation of patient-centered knowledge into practice.
  • Influence clinical and health care research funded by others to be more patient-centered.

The panel will benefit from Dr. Cherkin’s expertise, as in addition to his position as BURI director, Dr. Cherkin is also senior scientific investigator with the Group Health Research Institute. During his 27-year research career at Group Health, an integrated health care delivery system, he has learned about the large effect health care systems can have on patients’ experiences and outcomes of care.

His research has focused on identifying more effective strategies for addressing chronic back pain in patients whose pain has not responded to conventional medical treatments. He has conducted numerous NIH-funded randomized clinical trials evaluating both conventional and complementary and alternative medical treatments for back pain, including chiropractic manipulation, acupuncture, massage, mindfulness meditation and yoga. He serves on the National Advisory Council for the NIH Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine and holds an MS in biomathematics and a PhD in epidemiology from the University of Washington.

Dr. Cherkin joins 20 other experts from across the U.S. on this prestigious panel and has been appointed for a one-year term with the possibility of reappointment for a second year.