George Lee Jackson, PhD

Professor in Population Health Sciences
Professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health
Professor in Medicine
Campus mail 215 Morris Street, Suite 210, Duke Department of Population Health Sci, Durham, NC 27701
Phone (919) 286-0411
Email address

Areas of expertise: Epidemiology, Health Services Research, and Implementation Science

George L. Jackson, Ph.D., MHA is a healthcare epidemiologist and implementation scientist with the Center of Innovation to Accelerate Discovery and Practice Transformation (also known as ADAPT) at the Durham Veterans Affairs (VA) Health Care System, where he leads the Implementation and Improvement Science Lab/Core.  Additionally, he is a Professor in the Department of Population Health Sciences, Department of Medicine (Division of General Infernal Medicine), and Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at Duke.  He also co-teaches evidence-based practice for the Duke Physician Assistant Program.  George’s research focuses on the development, implementation, and evaluation of team-based systems for treatment and prevention of chronic conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, cancer, and moral injury.  He also works to develop and evaluate structures to identify, replicate, and spread innovative practices within learning health systems.  He has collaborated closely with a number of healthcare systems such as the VA, Duke, and DoD with the goal of linking research and quality improvement.  Among other projects, George is currently the corresponding principal investigator of the VA Quality Enhancement Research Initiative (QUERI) funded Dynamic Diffusion Network (DDN) QUERI Program and Spreading Healthcare Access, Activities, Research and Knowledge (SHAARK) Partnered Evaluation Initiative.

Education and Training

  • Ph.D., University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, 2003


Jackson, George L., David Edelman, and Morris Weinberger. “Simultaneous control of intermediate diabetes outcomes among Veterans Affairs primary care patients.” J Gen Intern Med 21, no. 10 (October 2006): 1050–56.

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Dominick, Kelli L., Yvonne M. Golightly, and George L. Jackson. “Arthritis prevalence and symptoms among US non-veterans, veterans, and veterans receiving Department of Veterans Affairs Healthcare.” J Rheumatol 33, no. 2 (February 2006): 348–54.


Jackson, George L., Elizabeth M. Yano, David Edelman, Sarah L. Krein, Michel A. Ibrahim, Timothy S. Carey, Shoou-Yih Daniel Lee, Katherine E. Hartmann, Tara K. Dudley, and Morris Weinberger. “Veterans Affairs primary care organizational characteristics associated with better diabetes control.” Am J Manag Care 11, no. 4 (April 2005): 225–37.


Sperber, Nina R., Rebecca A. Bruening, Ashley Choate, Elizabeth Mahanna, Virginia Wang, Byron J. Powell, Teresa Damush, et al. “Implementing a Mandated Program Across a Regional Health Care System: A Rapid Qualitative Assessment to Evaluate Early Implementation Strategies.” Qual Manag Health Care 28, no. 3 (n.d.): 147–54.

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