HMI Faculty: Douglas Wakefield, PhD

Director, Center for Health Care Quality
(573) 882-8905
Curriculum Vitae

Since 2005 Dr. Douglas S. Wakefield is the Director of the University of Missouri-Columbia Center for Health Care Quality, and professor in the Department of Health Management and Informatics. Dr. Wakefield also holds adjunct professor appointments in the Departments of Family and Community Medicine and Medicine, as well as the Sinclair School of Nursing. He previously served as Professor and Head of the University of Iowa Department of Health Management and Policy from 1996 - 2005. His research interests are focused on patient care quality, safety, value improvement and use of information technology in patient care settings. Dr. Wakefield's research has been funded from a variety of sources including, AHRQ, HRSA, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Northwest Area Foundation, John Deere Health Foundation, and the Veterans Administration. Recently funded research includes several grants from AHRQ evaluating health information technology implementation and outcomes in inpatient and ambulatory care settings, and verbal order policies and procedures. He also serves as an associate editor for the Quality and Safety in Health Care journal.