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National Expert to Address Comparative Effectiveness Research on November 28

Harold C. Sox, MD, an active professor emeritus of medicine at Dartmouth, will talk about comparative effectiveness research as part of the 2011 Eisenberg Legacy Lecture at UCSF.

Harold C. Sox, MD

Harold C. Sox, MD

The UCSF community is invited to attend the lecture to be held on Monday, Nov. 28, from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m. in Health Sciences West, room 301, on the UCSF Parnassus campus. A reception will follow.

Sox is a leader in translating medical evidence into recommendations for best clinical practice. He is an expert in applying the principles of medical decision-making to patient-centered care.

An internist, he chaired the Department of Medicine at Darmouth Hitchcock Medical Center for many years and thens served as editor of the Anals of Internal Medicine. In 2009, he led an Institute of Medicine committee tasked with setting national priorities for comparative effective research.

About Harold Sox

Sox graduated from Stanford University (B.S. physics) and Harvard Medical School. After serving as a medical intern and resident at Massachusetts General Hospital, he spent two years doing research in immunology at the National Institutes of Health and three years at Dartmouth Medical School, where he served as chief medical resident and began his studies of medical decision making.

He then spent 15 years on the faculty of Stanford University School of Medicine, where he was the chief of the Division of General Internal Medicine and served as director of ambulatory care at the Palo Alto VA Medical Center. 

In 1988, he returned to Dartmouth as chair of the Department of Medicine, where he is now active emeritus professor of medicine at Dartmouth Medical School.



Sox was the President of the American College of Physicians during 1998-1999. He chaired the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force from 1990 to 1995, the Institute of Medicine Committee to Study HIV Transmission through Blood Products, and the Institute of Medicine Committee on Health Effects Associated with Exposures Experienced in the Gulf War. 

Sox chaired the Medicare Coverage Advisory Committee of the Center for Medicare Services from 1999 to 2003 and served on the Report Review Committee of the National Research Council from 2000 to 2005. He also chairs the National Advisory Committee for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Physician Faculty Scholars Program and serves on the Board of Directors of the Foundation for Informed Medical Decision Making and the Stakeholders Advisory Committee for the AHRQ Effective Health Program.

He was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies in 1993 and to fellowship in the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2002. His books include Medical Decision Making, Common Diagnostic Tests: Selection and Interpretation, and HIV and the Blood Supply: an Analysis of Crisis Decisionmaking