Lesley H. Curtis, PhD, is an associate professor in medicine at the Duke University School of Medicine. She works primarily at the Duke Clinical Research Institute.
Dr. Curtis's research interests include health services research and policy, clinical and comparative effectiveness, pharmacoepidemiology, and outcomes research. She is the principal investigator for the Duke Developing Evidence to Inform Decisions About Effectiveness (DEcIDE) center. She and her colleagues are using nationally representative, longitudinal data from the US Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, among other data sources, to examine the epidemiology of heart failure, trends in the use of guideline-based care for the treatment of heart failure, and trends in the use of medical device-based care for heart failure.
Dr. Curtis is also a coinvestigator on several government- and industry-funded projects that focus on areas including eye disease, carotid artery disease, and a variety of urological diseases. An ancillary goal of Dr. Curtis's research is to develop and refine advanced methods for the analysis of large secondary data sets. Her research has been published in JAMA
, Annals of Internal Medicine
, Archives of Internal Medicine
, Health Services Research
, and Medical Care
, among other leading journals.
Prior to joining the Duke faculty, Dr. Curtis served as an associate provost at the University of Rochester, where she earned a PhD in health services research under health economist Charles Phelps. She has also served as a project director for the Academic Medical Center Consortium, an organization geared toward improving health care through collaborative projects and health services research.