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Neil R. Powe, MD

  • Professor - Adjunct

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SFGH, 1001 Potrero Ave 5F38
San Francisco, California 94110


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MPH, Harvard University
MD, Harvard University
MBA, Harvard University


Dr. Powe's work unites Medicine and Public Health with the goals of saving and improving quality of human lives. It involves the knowledge of fundamental discoveries in biology and clinical medicine to advance the health of patients who ultimately make up a larger population of patients affected by a disease. Dr. Powe has worked in the areas of prevention and screening, clinical epidemiology, patient outcomes research, technology assessment, and cost-effectiveness analysis. He has worked on many important diseases with substantial morbidity including kidney diseas as well as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, thyroid disease, depression, and eye disease. He has also conducted projects on health disparities, care management, access to care, and quality of care. His has used prospective methods of randomized controlled trials and cohort studies, cost-effectiveness analysis, meta-analysis, retrospective analyses of administrative databases, and survey research.

Dr. Powe is principal investigator of a Center for Disease Control and Prevention sponsored study to establish a national surveillance system for chronic kidney disease in the United States. He also led the CHOICE study, a national study of patient outcomes in chronic kidney disease funded by the agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK). He has extensive experience in developing and measuring outcomes in this population using data from prospective studies, the United States Renal Data System (USRDS), Medicare records, and patient surveys. Dr. Powe has also studied resource allocation issues in health and health care disparities.

Honors and Awards

1995 - Honorable Mention: Article of the Year, AcademyHealth. (The Relationship of Provider Organizational Status and Erythropoietin Dosing in ESRD Patients. Medical Care 1994;32:130-140.) 2000 American Society of Clinical Investigation 2001 - Article of the Year, AcademyHealth (The Relation Between Pre-publication Release of Clinical Trials Results and the Diffusion of Carotid Endarterectomy. JAMA 2000; 284(22): 2886-2893) 2003 - Institute of Medicine 2004 - Garabed Eknoyan Award, National Kidney Foundation 2005 - John M. Eisenberg National Award for Career Acheivement in Research, Society of General Internal Medicine 2005 - Association of American Physicians 2006 - Delta Omega Honorary Society 2007 - Distinguished Educator Award, Association for Clinical Research Training 2008 - University Distinguished Service Professor 2008- James F. Fries Professorship (inaugural recipient) 2010 - Association of Professors of Medicine Diversity Award

  • Prevention and Screening, Epidemiology and Health Services Research of Chronic Kidney Disease and other Chronic Disease: (Cardiovascular Disease, Endocrine and Related Disorders)
  • Disparities in Health and Health Care
  • Decision Making Regarding Resource Allocation in Health and Health Care
  • Value of Preventive Interventions
  • Quality of Health Care
  • Biotechnology (recombinant human erythropoietin) and Imaging Technology
  • Effectiveness and Outcomes
  • Technology Assessment
  • Cost-effectiveness Analysis and Economic Evaluations
  • Evidence-based Practice and Meta-analysis
  • Merkin S, Cavanaugh K, Longenecker JC, Fink NE, Levey AS, Powe NR. Agreement of Self-reported Comorbid Conditions With Medical And Physician Reports Varied By Disease Among End-stage Renal Disease Patients. Journal of Clinical Epidemiology 2007 (in press)

  • Plantinga L, Fink NE, Bass EB, Boulware, LE, Meyer, KB, Powe NR. Preferences for Current Health and Their Association with Outcomes in Kidney Disease Patients. Medical Care 2007 (in press)

  • Hwang CW, Anderson GF, Diener-West M, Powe NR. Comorbidity and Outcomes of Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (CABG) Surgery at Cardiac Specialty Hospitals versus General Hospitals. Medical Care 2007 (in press)

  • Ding EL, Powe NR, Manson JE, Sherber NS, Braunstein JB. Gender Differences in Perceived Risks, Distrust, and Willingness to Participate in Clinical Trials: A Randomized Study of Cardiovascular Prevention Trials. Archives of Internal Medicine. 2007 (In press).

  • Boulware LE, Marinopoulos S, Phillips KA, Hwang CW, Maynor K, Mersnstein D, Wilson RF, Barnes GJ, Bass EB, Powe NR, Daumit GL. The Value of the Periodic Health Evaluation: A systematic review. Annals of Internal Medicine 2007 (in press).