Dr. Arlene Bierman

Director of Center for Evidence and Practice Improvement (CEPI)

Arlene S. Bierman, M.D., M.S

Arlene S. Bierman, M.D., M.S., leads the work of CEPI, which consists of five divisions: the Evidence-Based Practice Center Program; the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Program; the Division of Decision Science and Patient Engagement; the Division of Health Information Technology; and the Division of Practice Improvement, as well as the National Center for Excellence in Primary Care Research. Dr. Bierman is a general internist, geriatrician, and health services researcher, whose work has focused on improving access, quality, and outcomes of health care for older adults with chronic illness in disadvantaged populations. Dr. Bierman has also developed strategies for using performance measurement as a tool for knowledge translation and has conducted research to increase policymakers’ use of evidence.

As a tenured professor, she held appointments in health policy, evaluation, and management; public health; medicine; and nursing at the University of Toronto, where she was the inaugural holder of the Ontario Women's Health Council Chair in Women's Health and a senior scientist in the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute at St. Michael's Hospital. Dr. Bierman was also principal investigator for the Project for an Ontario Women’s Health Evidence-Based Report Card (POWER) study, which provided actionable data to help policymakers and health care providers improve health and reduce health inequities in Ontario.

Dr. Bierman has served on many advisory committees, including the Geriatric Measurement Advisory Panel of the National Committee for Quality Assurance and the boards of Health Quality Ontario and the National Center of Excellence National Initiative for Care of the Elderly (NICE). She received her MD degree from the University of  North Carolina School of Medicine in Chapel Hill where she was a Morehead Fellow. She completed fellowships in outcomes research at Dartmouth Medical School and community and preventive medicine at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. She also served as an Atlantic Philanthropies Health and Aging Policy Fellow/American Political Science Foundation Congressional/Fellow.

Page last reviewed December 2015
Page originally created December 2015
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