Helen Burstin, M.D.

Chief Scientific Officer, National Quality Forum

Helen Burstin, M.D.
Helen Burstin, M.D.

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Helen Burstin, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.P. is the chief scientific officer (CSO) of the National Quality Forum (NQF), a not-for-profit membership organization that works to catalyze healthcare improvement through quality measurement and reporting. She provides strategic guidance to all NQF work from the perspective of current and emerging measurement science. She also provides scientific oversight for the evaluation, endorsement and selection of quality measures and the transition to electronic performance measurement.

Prior to her appointment as NQF’s CSO, Dr. Burstin served as the organization’s senior vice president for performance measurement. Before joining NQF in 2007, Dr. Burstin was the director of the Center for Primary Care, Prevention, and Clinical Partnerships at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Prior to that, she was an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School and the director of quality measurement at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Dr. Burstin chaired the Quality Measures Workgroup of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health IT Policy Committee and was a 2015-2016 Baldrige Executive Fellow. She serves on the board of directors of AcademyHealth.

Dr. Burstin has authored more than 80 articles and book chapters on quality, safety and disparities. She is a professorial lecturer in the Department of Health Policy at George Washington University School of Public Health and a clinical associate professor of medicine at George Washington University, where she serves as a preceptor in internal medicine. She was awarded the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Voluntary Attending Award from the George Washington School of Medicine.