Douglas K. Owens, M.D., M.S., is a general internist and investigator at the Center for Innovation to Implementation at the Veterans Affairs (VA) Palo Alto Health Care System. He is the Henry J. Kaiser, Jr., professor at Stanford University, where he is also a professor of medicine, health research and policy (by courtesy), and management science and engineering (by courtesy). Dr. Owens is director of the Center for Primary Care and Outcomes Research in the Stanford University School of Medicine and director of the Center for Health Policy in the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies.

Dr. Owens is the former director of the Stanford University-University of California, San Francisco Evidence-Based Practice Center and currently co-directs three training programs in health services research and informatics. He is a past president of the Society for Medical Decision Making. In addition, Dr. Owens chaired the Clinical Guidelines Committee of the American College of Physicians, a committee that develops clinical guidelines that are widely used and regularly published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, and he now is Chair of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Dr. Owens’ research focuses on guideline development, technology assessment, cost-effectiveness analysis, evidence synthesis, and methods for clinical¬†decisionmaking.

Dr. Owens received a B.S. and an M.S. from Stanford University and an M.D. from the University of California, San Francisco. He completed a residency in internal medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and a fellowship in health research and policy at Stanford. Dr. Owens received the VA Undersecretary’s Award for Outstanding Achievement in Health Services Research, as well as the Eisenberg Award for Leadership in Medical Decision Making from the Society for Medical Decision Making.