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Michael Stoto

Michael Stoto, PhD, is a Senior Scholar with the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law. He is a Professor of Health Systems Administration and Population Health at Georgetown University, is currently a Senior Scholar in Residence at AcademyHealth. A statistician, epidemiologist, and health services researcher, Dr. Stoto’s research includes methodological topics in epidemiology and statistics including research synthesis/meta-analysis and other analytical methods for comparative effectiveness research, community health assessment, evaluation methods, and performance measurement. His substantive research interests include public health practice, especially with regard to emergency preparedness; drug and vaccine safety; infectious disease policy; and ethical issues in research and public health practice. Before coming to Georgetown on a full-time basis in August 2006, Dr. Stoto was a Senior Statistician at the RAND Corporation and the Associate Director for Public Health in the Center for Domestic and International Health Security. He previously served as the director of the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM), Board on Health Promotion and Disease Prevention. Dr. Stoto is also an Adjunct Professor of Biostatistics at the Harvard School of Public Health and an adjunct faculty member of the Georgetown Public Policy Institute. He previously served on the faculty of Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services. Dr. Stoto is a Fellow of the American Statistical Association.

Dr. Stoto is a recognized expert on population health and public health assessment. He is a co-editor of the 1997 IOM report Improving health in the community: A role for performance monitoring. His work in this area has included systems-oriented evaluations of public health surveillance systems at the local to global level, addressing both statistical methods and public health practice issues. Dr. Stoto has developed methods for evaluating community health assessments and performance measures and worked with state and local health departments, especially in the Washington DC metropolitan area, to implement these methods. He served on the National Quality Forum’s Population Health Steering Committee, and is currently a member of AcademyHealth’s Population Health Advisory Committee.

Dr. Stoto is also an expert in public health systems research (PHSR), focusing on applying and developing rigorous mixed-methods approaches to studying and evaluating federal, state, and local public health systems. He currently chairs AcademyHealth’s PHSR Interest Group and its methods advisory committee. Much of Dr. Stoto’s recent PHSR work has focused on public health emergency preparedness, and he is the co-Principal Investigator of the CDC-funded Preparedness and Emergency Response Research Center based at the Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Stoto’s work in this area has focused on regionalization in public health, the evaluation of biosurveillance methods, and the development of methods for assessing emergency preparedness capabilities based on exercises and actual events. He is currently editing a volume on the public health system response to the 2009 H1N1 pandemic.