Dr. David R. Flum was appointed as UW Medicine's Associate chief medical officer in December 2015. In his new position, Dr. Flum is responsible for initiatives that support UW Medicine as it aims to deliver the most patient-centered, effective and efficient care possible. He also leads a $30 million project from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation providing infrastructure, programs and training to clinicians and teams to deliver higher value healthcare.
Dr. Flum is a UW professor of surgery, pharmacy, and public health and an expert in measuring and improving healthcare outcomes. Previously, he developed and then led one of the first statewide collaboratives to improve surgical quality, linking surgeons from over 50 hospitals in the Surgical Care and Outcomes Assessment Program. In 2007 he developed the Comparative Effectiveness Research Translation network (CERTAIN), a diverse group of clinicians and hospitals that test the effectiveness of procedures and drugs. This includes the first U.S. study of antibiotics vs. appendectomy for the treatment of appendicitis, a comprehensive evaluation of patient reported outcomes in spine surgery, and research that aims to improve patient experiences across the spectrum of care including obesity, vascular disease, diabetes, diverticulitis and other conditions.
Dr Flum was born and raised in New York, and he trained at St. Vincent's Hospital and Medical Center in Manhattan. He was a staff surgeon in the Indian Health Service Navajo Nation, 1997-2000, and a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar, 2000-2002. He has led numerous national and international committees focused on the evaluation of health systems, patient experience in healthcare and innovations, including serving as Chair of the American College of Surgeons Research Committee. He is currently the Associate Chair for Research in the UW Department of Surgery.