Centers and Offices

AHRQ's broad programs of research bring practical, science-based information to medical practitioners and to consumers and other health care purchasers.


Office of the Director
Richard Kronick, Ph.D., Director
Sharon B. Arnold, PhD, Deputy Director
Jeffrey Toven, AHRQ Chief Operating Officer

Office of Communications and Knowledge Transfer
Howard E. Holland, Director
Designs, develops, implements, and manages programs for disseminating the results of Agency activities with the goal of changing audience behavior.

Office of Extramural Research, Education and Priority Populations
Francis D. Chesley, Jr., M.D., Director
Directs the scientific review process for grants and contracts, manages Agency research training programs, evaluates the scientific contribution of proposed and ongoing research and demonstrations; and supports and conducts health services research on priority populations.

Office of Management Services
Jeffrey Toven, Director
Directs and coordinates Agency-wide program planning and evaluation activities and administrative operations.

Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets
Irene Fraser, Ph.D., Director
Provides a locus of leadership and expertise for advances in health care delivery, organization, and markets through research.

Center for Financing, Access and Cost Trends
Steven B. Cohen, Ph.D., Director
Conducts, supports, and manages studies of the cost and financing of health care, the access to health care services and related trends. CFACT also develops data sets to support policy and behavioral research and analyses.

Center for Evidence and Practice Improvement
Arlene Bierman, MD, MS, Director
Generates new knowledge, synthesizes evidence, and translates science on what works in health care delivery for multiple stakeholders, and catalyzes practice improvement across health care settings.

Center for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety
P. Jeffrey Brady, MD, MPH, Director
Works to improve the quality and safety of our health care system through research and implementation of evidence.

Page last reviewed November 2015
Internet Citation: Centers and Offices. November 2015. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.