Rob Saunders

Rob Saunders is a senior director at the National Quality Forum, where his work focuses on providing guidance on measures considered for federal programs, measuring affordability, and advancing systems engineering. Before taking on this position, he was  a senior program officer at the Institute of Medicine, fielding issues related to value, systems approaches to health, measurement, and the development of a learning health system. He was the study director for the IOM report Best Care at Lower Cost, which explored the key challenges and opportunities in building a continuously learning and improving health care system, and an IOM report on Core Measures for Better Health at Lower Cost. Dr. Saunders came to the IOM from the office of Congressman Rush Holt (New Jersey), where he was a Legislative Assistant in charge of handling health reform, Medicare and Medicaid, small business, the Congressional Biomedical Research Caucus, and budget policy areas. For eight years prior, he was a researcher at Duke University, first as a graduate student in Physics and later as a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Radiology. While at Duke, his research focused on quality measures of medical imaging systems, specifically evaluating breast imaging systems for their performance in breast cancer detection. In addition to these activities, he is an adjunct faculty at American University, where he teaches courses in health policy, and he serves on the William and Mary Graduate Studies Advisory Board, which focuses on improving graduate studies at the university.

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