Current Research and Scholarly Interests
Steven M. Asch MD, MPH is the Chief of Health Services Research at the VA Palo Alto Healthcare System, a health policy analyst at RAND and a tenured Professor of Medicine at Stanford. He develops and evaluates quality measurement and improvement systems, often in the care of patients with communicable disease. Dr. Asch has led several national projects developing broad-based quality measurement tools for veterans, Medicare beneficiaries, and the community. He directs a multi-site center for quality improvement in HIV and Hepatitis C and the Center of Innovation to Implementation. More recently, he has focused on how to maximize value by testing organizational innovations to make medical care more collaborative and efficient. His educational efforts are focused on training physician fellows in health services research. Dr. Asch is a practicing internist and palliative care physician and the author of more than 260 peer-reviewed articles.