Senior Investigator

Dr. Woods first joined Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital's Department of Medical Research in 1977. During his tenure he founded the IU Health Methodist Center for Health Services Research, helped design and analyze the FDA-supervised lithotripsy trial for the treatment of kidney stone disease, and directed the Medicare Heart Bypass Demonstration Program, one of six Medicare-sponsored heart surgery payment demonstrations in the country.

In 1998 Dr. Woods was recruited to the University of South Carolina where he was Associate Professor of Family and Preventive Medicine and Director of the University's Center for Health Services and Policy Research. At Carolina he founded the Pay-for-Performance Forum, a statewide coalition of health care providers, state agencies, and business leaders seeking to build a business case for healthcare quality. He also served as a consultant to the hospital system affiliated with the School of Medicine, where he worked with the hospital's executive leadership and board to help structure their quality initiative and served on the Quality Improvement Coordinating Council.

In 2006, Dr. Woods returned home to Indianapolis to initiate the Outcomes Research Program at the Methodist Research Institute. Dr. Woods has served on numerous national committees, including the Provider Payment Panel for the Health Care Financing Administration (now CMS) Office of Research and Demonstrations, the National Health Sciences and practice Patterns Survey of Georgetown University's Institute for Health Policy Analysis in Washington, D.C., and the Foundation for Accountability (FACCT) National Performance Measurement Panel for Coronary Artery Disease. He has taught university courses in health services research, program evaluation, and statistics, and post-graduate research methods courses for the American College of Physicians.

His research focuses on the evaluation of hospital outcomes and costs and the application of quality improvement methods to clinical practice. He has published more then 60 research articles and abstracts and has co-authored a medical textbook on the treatment of kidney stone disease. Dr. Woods holds masters and doctoral degrees in experimental psychology.

John Woods, PhD
Senior Investigator
Outcomes research

Methodist Research Institute
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