RANDALL S. STAFFORD, MD, PhD, is the director of the Stanford Prevention Research Center's Program on Prevention Outcomes and Practices. Dr. Stafford received his master's degree in health administration from Johns Hopkins University, his PhD in epidemiology from UC Berkeley, and his medical degree from UC San Francisco, and did his clinical training in primary care internal medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital.
Dr. Stafford and his team focus on evaluating physician and patient practices in order to create effective healthcare models that emphasize prevention, rather than symptom management. His mission is to improve population health outcomes through research that both informs the development and fosters the dissemination of effective, efficient, innovative, and evidencebased prevention interventions. In addition, Dr. Stafford seeks to train future leaders in prevention research and to broadly communicate the critical value of a population health perspective. Through partnerships with community initiatives and organizations, Dr. Stafford is able to span clinical and community realms. His federally-funded Vivamos Activos project tests alternative weight loss strategies for low-income Latinos. This project is only one of numerous interventions to diminish the burden of obesity, diabetes, and heart disease while reducing health disparities.
Dr. Stafford’s rigorous, high-quality research has led to more than 140 peer-reviewed articles, including many in such high impact journals as JAMA and NEJM. His accomplishments and expertise have been recognized by advancement to fellowship in the American College of Preventive Medicine.