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Robert Brook is vice president and director of RAND Health, professor of medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine and professor of health services at the School of Public Health at the University of California, Los Angeles, where he also directs the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program. A board-certified internist, he received his MD and ScD degrees from Johns Hopkins University. He has been on the medical school faculty at UCLA since 1974, and divides his research time between UCLA and RAND.
A prolific scholar, Dr. Brook has published over 300 peer-reviewed articles. He conducted pioneering work in the field of quality measurement. He operationalized the concept of appropriateness by establishing the scientific basis for determining whether various medical and surgical procedures were being used appropriately. More than any other individual, he is responsible for focusing policymakers’ attention on quality-of-care issues and their implications for the nation’s health. Most of the quality of care and health status measures being used today throughout the developed world were developed by Dr. Brook or by research teams he led. Dr. Brook's personal contribution to improving health care services in the United States and abroad is amplified many times by his training, either formally or informally, the best and the brightest-and the most influential-of an entire generation of health services scholars.
Dr. Brook has received numerous professional honors, including the Peter Reizenstein Prize, 2000, for his paper “Defining and Measuring Quality of Care: A Perspective from US Researchers,” the National Committee for Quality Assurance Health Quality Award for pursuit of health care quality at all levels of the health system, Research!America’s 2000 Advocacy Award for Sustained Leadership at the National Level, the Robert J. Glaser Award of the Society of General Internal Medicine, the Richard and Hinda Rosenthal Foundation Award of the American College of Physicians, and the Distinguished Health Services Research Award of the Association of Health Services Research. He is an elected member of many professional organizations, including the Institute of Medicine, the American Association of Physicians, the Western Association of Physicians, and the American Society for Clinical Investigation. He was selected as one of 75 Heroes of Public Health by Johns Hopkins University and is a member of the Johns Hopkins Society of Scholars.
In 2005, Dr. Brook was awarded the Institute of Medicine's prestigious Gustav O. Lienhard Award for the advancement for personal health care services in the United States. In 2002, Dr. Brook was named chair of a panel to advise the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development on how to report outcomes of coronary artery bypass graft surgery at California hospitals. Most recently, Dr. Brook received the David E. Rogers Award from the Association of American Medical Colleges. This award recognizes a medical school faculty member who has made major contributions to improving the health and health care of the American people.
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