Halpern appointed DPC medical director for quality

Friday, October 19, 2018

Announced Monday, October 15, David Halpern, MD, MPH, FACP, has been appointed Medical Director for Quality for Duke Primary Care (DPC). 

In this new role, Halpern will oversee Duke Primary and Urgent Care’s clinical quality and utilization metrics. These include coordinating the development of new metrics, evaluating performance on existing metrics, and assisting with the design of provider dashboards. He will work with practices and providers to help them achieve success with DPC quality improvement initiatives, and will continue efforts in primary cardiovascular risk reduction.

In 2016, Dr. Halpern was named one of Duke Primary Care’s inaugural Quality Fellows and has made important contributions to the network, including: 

  • helping lead DPC’s involvement in the Million Hearts initiative, working to reduce cardiovascular risk across our patient population
  • leading the development of DPC’s smoking cessation clinics at Croasdaile, Oxford, and Knightdale
  • continuing to lead the evaluation of DPC’s imaging and referral data and design strategies to reduce variation across the network.

Prior to his role as Quality Fellow, Dr. Halpern worked as a Practice Engagement Consultant at Community Care of North Carolina, helping practices across the state achieve patient-centered medical home certification. He joined Duke Primary Care in 2010 and works as an internist at Durham Medical Center and precepts residents at Duke Primary Care Pickett Road. He completed his internal medicine residency at University of Pennsylvania in 2007 and completed fellowships in geriatric medicine and preventive medicine in 2010 at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he also received his Master of Public Health degree in 2010.