Paul Jacobsen, PhD, has been named Associate Director of the National Cancer Institute (NCI) Division of Cancer Control and Population Science’s Healthcare Delivery Research Program.
In this position, he will be leading a team at the NCI whose mission is to serve as a catalyst for the field of health-care delivery research and to enhance data resources, measures, and the NCI’s grant portfolio in this domain. He will also play a key role in the NCI’s collaborations with other agencies and organizations in health services and outcomes research.
Dr. Jacobsen comes to the NCI from the Moffitt Cancer Center, where he served as Founding Chair of Moffitt’s Department of Health Outcomes and Behavior and subsequently as Associate Center Director for Population Science. Over the course of 30 years, his research has focused on patient-centered health outcomes, behavioral aspects of cancer prevention and detection, and supportive care medicine. He has worked closely with ASCO, the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN), and other organizations that influence how cancer care is delivered through their guidelines and educational activities. Based on his contributions, he was appointed to the ASCO Quality Oncology Practice Initiative Steering Committee, which oversees the selection and performance of the quality indicators used by practices for self-evaluation and reporting.
Robert Croyle, PhD, Director of the Division of Cancer Control and Population Science, noted, “Dr. Jacobsen’s recruitment reflects [the] NCI’s commitment to evidence-based medicine and increasing quality of care through better science.” ■