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Theodore Speroff, Ph.D.

Chief, VA TVHS Health Services Research

Email: ted.speroff@vanderbilt.edu

Theodore Speroff, Ph.D., Professor of Medicine, Biostatistics, and Preventive Medicine, is a graduate of the Epidemiology and Biostatistics Program of Case Western Reserve University. He is a VA Senior Scholar and Associate Director of the Nashville site of the VA National Quality Scholars Fellowship Program, a member of the VA HSR&D scientific review and evaluation board, board member of the Academy for Healthcare Improvement, and director of the coordinating center for the National Neurological Quality and Outcomes Database. Dr. Speroff has mentored multiple post-doctoral and pre-doctoral student, fellows, and junior faculty as well as faculty with career development awards. Dr. Speroff has over 25 years of professional experience in quality improvement that ranges from hospital-based firm trials of quality improvement to community based quality improvement. His research includes health services research and outcomes assessment, comparative effectiveness, continuous quality improvement and patient safety in health care, assessment of patient preferences and clinical decision analysis, applied clinical informatics and natural language processing, quality registry, methodological reviews of the literature, and meta analysis. He has previously led multi-site, national collaborative and randomized control trial studies across large organizations. His primary focus has been to advance the underlying science for clinical quality improvement work and the measurement of quality.

Education & Training
Ph.D. – Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Case Western Reserve University

Recent Publications

  1. Speroff T, Ely EW, Greevy R, Weinger MB, Talbot TR, Wall RJ, Deshpande JK, France DJ, Nwosu S, Burgess H, Englebright J, Williams MV, Dittus RS. Quality Improvement Projects Targeting Healthcare-Associated Infections: Comparing Virtual Collaborative and Toolkit Approaches. Journal of Hospital Medicine 2011; 6(5):271-8. PMID 21312329.
  2. Deppen S, Putnam Jr JB, Andrade G, Speroff T, Nesbitt JC, Lambright ES, Massion PP, Walker R, Grogan EL. Accuracy of FDG-PET to diagnose lung cancer in a region of endemic granulomatous disease. Ann Thorac Surg 2011; 92(2):428-32. PMID 21592456.
  3. Murff HJ, FitzHenry F, Matheny ME, Gentry N, Kotter KL, Dittus RS, Rosen AK, Elkin PL, Brown SH, Speroff T. Automated identification of postoperative complications within an electronic medical record using natural language processing. JAMA 2011; 306(8):848-55. PMI 21862746.
  4. Brown SH, Rosenbloom ST, Hardenbrook S, Clark T, McBrine C, Fielstein E, Elkin PL, Speroff, T. Documentation Quality and Time Costs: a Randomized Controlled Trial of Structured Entry versus Dictation. ACM Journal of Data and Information Quality Volume 3 Issue 1, April 2012.
  5. Speroff T, Sinnott P, Marx BP, Owen R, Jackson JC, Greevy R, Sayer N, Murdoch M, Shane A, Smith J, Alvarez J, Nwosu SK, Keane T, Weathers F, Schnurr P, Friedman MJ. Impact of Evidence-based Standardized Assessment on the Disability Clinical Interview for Diagnosis of Service-Connected Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: A Cluster-Randomized Trial. Journal of Traumatic Stress 2012; 25(6): 607-615. PMID 23225029 doi: 10.1002/jts.21759.
  6. Reeves RM, Ong FR, Matheny ME, Denny JC. Aronsky D, Gobbel GT, Montella D, Speroff T. Detecting temporal expressions in medical narratives. Int J Med Inform 2013;82(2):118-27. PMID 22595284 doi: 10.1016/j.ijmedinf.2012.04.006.
  7. McGirt MJ, Speroff T, Dittus RS, Harrell FE Jr, Asher AL. The National Neurosurgery Quality and Outcomes Database (N2QOD) general overview and pilot-year project description. Neurosurg Focus 2013; 34(1): E6. PMID 23278267 doi: 10.3171/2012FOCUS12297.
  8. FitzHenry F, Murff HJ, Matheny M, Gentry N, Elkin PL, Brown SH, Reeves RM, Messina VP, Speroff T. Exploring the frontier of electronic health record surveillance: The case of post-operative complications. Medical Care 2013: 51(6): 506-16. PMID 23673394. doi10.1097/MLR.0b013e31828d1210.
  9. Speroff T. Proceedings of advancing the methods of health quality improvement research 2012 Conference. Implementation Science 2013; April 19.


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