Virginia Commonwealth University, Associate Professor of Family Medicine and Population Health
Alexander H. Krist, M.D., M.P.H. is an associate professor of family medicine and population health at Virginia Commonwealth University and active clinician and teacher at the Fairfax Family Practice residency. He is co-director of the Virginia Ambulatory Care Outcomes Research Network, director of community-engaged research at the Center for Clinical and Translational Research, and a member of the U.S Preventive Services Task Force.
His areas of interest include community engagement, implementation of preventive recommendations, patient-centered care, shared decision-making, cancer screening, and health information technology. He is the primary author of numerous peer-reviewed publications and has presented to a wide range of audiences at national and international conferences.
Dr. Krist has been one of the leading thinkers on how to operationalize U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommendations in clinical practice and has been an innovator in the use of health information technology to promote implementation of recommended services. Working closely with patients and practices, he has invested years in developing an online personal health record that uses complex heuristic programming rules to tailor USPSTF recommendations to individual patients, engage patients in their care, and offer decision support to patients, clinicians, and practices.
Dr. Krist directed a national coordinating center to develop and field a web-based health risk assessment to promote healthy behaviors and mental health that is now being piloted across the United States.
Dr. Krist earned his B.A. and M.D. from the University of Virginia and an M.P.H. from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He received his specialty training in family medicine at the Virginia Commonwealth University-Fairfax Family Practice Residency. He also completed two postdoctoral fellowships focusing on faculty development and research methods.
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