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Larry Kessler
Professor and Chair
Adjunct Professor, Pharmacy

Larry Kessler is the current Chair of the Department of Health Services. Dr. Kessler served as Director of the Office of Surveillance and Biometrics, Center for Devices and Radiological Health, FDA until 2008. From 1984 to 1995, he headed and developed the Applied Research Branch at NCI. In 2001, he spent a year as a visiting scientist at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and served on the faculty of the Department of Health Services.

Research Interests:
Cost-effectiveness and diagnostic value of medical technology in screening for cancer and other diseases

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Contact Information

email:   kesslerl@u.washington.edu

address:
University of Washington
Department of Health Services
Seattle, WA 98195

campus box:   357660
voice:   206-543-2703

Education

ScD   Johns Hopkins University, 1978   (Health Services Admin)
BS   Boston University, 1973   (Mathematics)

Teaching   (Department of Health Services Courses)

  • HSERV 511
    Introduction to Health Services and Public Health
  • HSERV 590
    Preparing and Writing Research Proposals

Recent Publications



Mehrotra R, Kessler L. Health Insurance, Access to Care, and ESRD: An Intricate Web. J Am Soc Nephrol. 2014 Jun;25(6):1135-6. doi: 10.1681/ASN.2014010122. Epub 2014 Mar 20.  PMID: 24652805


Flum DR, Alfonso-Cristancho R, Devine EB, Devlin A, Farrokhi E, Tarczy-Hornoch P, Kessler L, Lavallee D, Patrick DL, Gore JL, Sullivan SD; CERTAIN Collaborative. Implementation of a "real-world" learning health care system: Washington state's Comparative Effectiveness Research Translation Network (CERTAIN). Surgery. 2014 May;155(5):860-6. doi: 10.1016/j.surg.2014.01.004.  PMID: 24787113


Jarvik JG, Comstock BA, Heagerty PJ, Turner JA, Sullivan SD, Shi X, Nerenz DR, Nedeljkovic SS, Kessler L, James K, Friedly JL, Bresnahan BW, Bauer Z, Avins AL, Deyo RA. Back pain in seniors: the Back pain Outcomes using Longitudinal Data (BOLD) cohort baseline data. BMC Musculoskelet Disord. 2014 Apr 23;15(1):134. doi: 10.1186/1471-2474-15-134.  PMID: 24755158    PMCID: PMC4021204


Zeliadt SB, Loggers ET, Slatore CG, Au DH, Hebert PL, Klein GJ, Kessler LG, Backhus LM. Preoperative PET and the Reduction of Unnecessary Surgery Among Newly Diagnosed Lung Cancer Patients in a Community Setting. J Nucl Med. 2014 Mar;55(3):379-85. doi: 10.2967/jnumed.113.124230. Epub 2014 Jan 21.  PMID: 24449594


Gold LS, Buist DS, Loggers ET, Etzioni R, Kessler L, Ramsey SD, Sullivan SD. Advanced diagnostic breast cancer imaging: variation and patterns of care in Washington state. J Oncol Pract. 2013 Sep;9(5):e194-202. doi: 10.1200/JOP.2012.000796. Epub 2013 May 28.  PMID: 23943885    PMCID: PMC3770510


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External Funding (sampling of recent awards from UW SAGE data)

The University of Washington Patient Centered Outcomes Research Partnership (PCORP)
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
PI:   Kessler           Dates:    7/1/2014 - 6/30/2019

Education and Research Center
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
PI:   Kalman           Dates:    7/1/2014 - 6/30/2015

Cancer Consortium Non-Competing Renewal 2014
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (FHCRC)
PI:   Bremner           Dates:    1/1/2014 - 12/31/2014

VA Services agreement 2013 - 14
VA Puget Sound Health Care System (VAPSHCS)
PI:   Kessler           Dates:    10/1/2013 - 9/30/2014

Abridged Topic Development of PCORI Research Topics: Improving Health Systems
Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU)
PI:   Carlson           Dates:    9/6/2013 - 9/5/2014

Education and Research Center
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
PI:   Kalman           Dates:    7/1/2013 - 6/30/2014

Institute of Translational Health Sciences (ITHS)
National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS)
PI:   Disis           Dates:    6/1/2013 - 5/31/2014

Long Term Outcomes of Lumbar Epidural Steroid Injections for Spinal Stenosis
Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)
PI:   Friedly           Dates:    5/1/2013 - 4/30/2016

Consortium Cancer Center Support Grant 2013
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (FHCRC)
PI:   Bremner           Dates:    1/1/2013 - 12/31/2013

Surveillance Trial to Increase Longevity in Lung Cancer Patients (STILL)
American College of Radiology (ACR)
PI:   Kessler           Dates:    12/1/2012 - 2/28/2013

VA Service Agreement 2009
VA Puget Sound Health Care System (VAPSHCS)
PI:   Kessler           Dates:    10/1/2012 - 9/30/2013

Institute of Translational Health Sciences (ITHS)
National Center for Research Resources (NCRR)
PI:   Disis           Dates:    6/1/2012 - 5/31/2017

ARRA Multi-Payer Claims Database (“MPCD”) Implementation – University of Washington Subcontract
IPSS Ingenix Public Sector Solutions, Inc.
PI:   Kessler           Dates:    3/19/2012 - 9/15/2013

Consortium Cancer Center Support Grant 2012
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (FHCRC)
PI:   Bremner           Dates:    1/1/2012 - 12/31/2012

VA Service Agreement 2009
VA Puget Sound Health Care System (VAPSHCS)
PI:   Kessler           Dates:    10/1/2011 - 9/30/2012

Comparative Effectiveness of Dynamic Patterns of Glucose Lowering Therapies
University of Chicago
PI:   Kessler           Dates:    7/1/2011 - 6/30/2015

Surgical Care and Outcomes Assessment Program Comparative Effectiveness Research Translation Network (SCOAP CERTN)
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
PI:   Flum           Dates:    11/1/2010 - 10/31/2013

VA Service Agreement 2009
VA Puget Sound Health Care System (VAPSHCS)
PI:   Kessler           Dates:    10/1/2010 - 9/30/2011

CER Administrative Supplement- Workforce Development
National Center for Research Resources (NCRR)
PI:   Disis           Dates:    9/30/2010 - 9/29/2011

ARRA ADVancing Innovative Comparative Effectiveness research-cancer diagnostics-ADVICE
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
PI:   Kessler           Dates:    9/1/2010 - 8/31/2011

Back pain Outcomes using Longitudinal Data (BOLD)
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
PI:   Jarvik           Dates:    9/1/2010 - 8/31/2013

ARRA ADVancing Innovative Comparative Effectiveness research-cancer diagnostics-ADVICE
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
PI:   Kessler           Dates:    10/1/2009 - 9/30/2011

Projects

National Emphysema Treatment Trial
Collaborating on a cost-effectiveness study of a very controversial surgical treatment for emphysema patients.
CanCORS
Collaborating on studies of outcomes and patterns of care of both colorectal cancer and lung cancer. We are looking into what kinds of treatment certain types of patients receive and how we can improve the process of obtaining the best cancer care.
CISNET
Collaborating on a study focused on the tremendous increase in the rate of prostate cancer incidence during the 1990's. Much of this disease may represent 'overdiagnosis' which is accompanied by significant loss of quality of life in many cases.

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