Douglas K. Owens, M.D., M.S.
Vice-Chairperson, U.S. Preventive Services Task Force
Douglas K. Owens, M.D., M.S., is a general internist at the Veterans Affairs (VA) Palo Alto Health Care System. He is the Henry J. Kaiser, Jr., professor at Stanford University, where he is also a professor of medicine, health research and policy (by courtesy), and management science and engineering (by courtesy), as well as senior fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies. Dr. Owens is director of the Center for Primary Care and Outcomes Research in the Department of Medicine at Stanford and the Center for Health Policy in the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies. He is associate director of the Center for Innovation to Implementation in the VA Palo Alto Health Care System, a VA Health Services Research Center of Excellence.
Dr. Owens is the former director of the Stanford University-University of California, San Francisco Evidence-Based Practice Center and currently directs two training programs in health services research—the VA Physician Fellowship in Health Services Research and the VA Postdoctoral Informatics Fellowship Program. He is a past president of the Society for Medical Decision Making. In addition, Dr. Owens chaired the Clinical Guidelines Committee of the American College of Physicians, a committee that develops clinical guidelines that are widely used and regularly published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.
Dr. Owens' research focuses on guideline development, technology assessment, cost-effectiveness analysis, evidence synthesis, and methods for clinical decisionmaking. His current topics of study include the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of preventive and therapeutic interventions for HIV in the United States and developing countries, diagnostic and therapeutic interventions for cardiovascular disease, and the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of treatments for hepatitis C.
Dr. Owens received a B.S. and an M.S. from Stanford University and an M.D. from the University of California, San Francisco. He completed a residency in internal medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and a fellowship in health research and policy at Stanford. Dr. Owens received the VA Undersecretary's Award for Outstanding Achievement in Health Services Research, as well as the Eisenberg Award for Leadership in Medical Decision Making from the Society for Medical Decision Making. He was also elected to the American Society for Clinical Investigation and the Association of American Physicians.
Dr. Owens previously served as a member of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force from January 2012 to December 2015, prior to his appointment as vice chair of the Task Force in May 2017.
Internet Citation: Biography. U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. July 2017.