Dr. Paul Heidenreich is Professor and Vice Chair for Quality in the Department of Medicine. He is also Chief of Medicine at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System. He is a practicing non-invasive cardiologist and active clinical researcher. He has an extensive background in outcomes and health services research in the areas of technology assessment including use of screening with diagnostic tests, quality improvement, and economic analyses. He has Chaired the American College of Cardiology / American Heart Association (ACC/AA)Task Force for Performance Measures and the Task Force for Data Standards. He has also served as Chair of the AHA Council for Quality of Care and Outcomes Research and the AHA's Get-With The Guidelines Program.