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  • Suzann Pershing, MD

    Suzann Pershing, MD

    Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at the Palo Alto Veterans Affairs Health Care System and, by courtesy, of Health Research and Policy (Health Services Research)

    Bio Dr. Pershing is on the ophthalmology faculty at Stanford University School of Medicine, with an academic career blending clinical practice, teaching, research, and administration. She serves as Program Director for the Stanford University Medical Center ophthalmology residency and Chief of Ophthalmology for the VA Palo Alto Health Care System.

    In her role as residency program director, she is excited to innovate and implement novel approaches to residency education?such as establishing the 4-year research track residency program (SOAR), opportunities for resident elective scholarly activity, and efforts to develop a valuable internship program for incoming ophthalmology residents at Stanford.

    Her research interests focus on improved utilization of big data, biomedical informatics techniques, and evidence-based medicine to study outcomes, health care utilization, disease progression, and cost-effectiveness of ophthalmic treatment. Dr. Pershing is active in big data initiatives and analysis, including collaborative projects at Stanford and serving as site PI for the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) IRIS Registry analytic group at Stanford. She also serves as the AAO representative to the American Board of Medical Specialties task force on Information and Data Sharing, focusing on collaboration among specialty boards and societies to use data sources such as national clinical registries to facilitate improved quality of care, continuing certification, and practice and outcomes assessments. Dr. Pershing is also is involved in health policy efforts, including helping to develop CMS episode-based cost measures for MIPS, and is interested in health care innovation?technology, quality, and delivery systems.

    Dr. Pershing serves on the national board of directors of the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society, with focus on resident and faculty development initiatives, and mentors both medical students and undergraduate students.

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