Larry Kessler

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Professor and Chair, Health Services
Adjunct Professor, Pharmacy

Education

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

Contact Info

email:   kesslerl@uw.edu

office:   H680B, Health Sciences Building

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

campus box:   357660
voice:   206-543-2703

About

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.


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

SciVal Experts Profile

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


Kotagal M, Carle AC, Kessler LG, Flum DR. Limited Impact on Health and Access to Care for 19- to 25-Year-Olds Following the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. JAMA Pediatr. 2014 Sep 8. doi: 10.1001/jamapediatrics.2014.1208. [Epub ahead of print]  PMID: 25200181
  

Friedly JL, Comstock BA, Turner JA, Heagerty PJ, Deyo RA, Sullivan SD, Bauer Z, Bresnahan BW, Avins AL, Nedeljkovic SS, Nerenz DR, Standaert C, Kessler L, Akuthota V, Annaswamy T, Chen A, Diehn F, Firtch W, Gerges FJ, Gilligan C, Goldberg H, Kennedy DJ, Mandel S, Tyburski M, Sanders W, Sibell D, Smuck M, Wasan A, Won L, Jarvik JG. A randomized trial of epidural glucocorticoid injections for spinal stenosis. N Engl J Med. 2014 Jul 3;371(1):11-21. doi: 10.1056/NEJMoa1313265.  PMID: 24988555
  

Kessler LG, Barnhart HX, Buckler AJ, Choudhury KR, Kondratovich MV, Toledano A, Guimaraes AR, Filice R, Zhang Z, Sullivan DC; QIBA Terminology Working Group. The emerging science of quantitative imaging biomarkers terminology and definitions for scientific studies and regulatory submissions. Stat Methods Med Res. 2014 Jun 11. pii: 0962280214537333. [Epub ahead of print]  PMID: 24919826
  

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
  

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A Pragmatic Trial of Lumbar Image Reporting with Epidemiology (LIRE)
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
PI:   Jarvik           Dates:    1/1/2015 - 12/31/2015

A new Nanotechnology Therapy for Glioblastoma and Prostate Cancer
MagForce USA, Inc.
PI:   Kessler           Dates:    10/1/2014 - 6/30/2015

VA Services agreement 2014 - 15
VA Puget Sound Health Care System (VAPSHCS)
PI:   Kessler           Dates:    9/1/2014 - 8/31/2015

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

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

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

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

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.