David Au

Professor, Department of Medicine and Pharmacy
Acting Director, Center of Innovation for Veteran-Centered & Value-Driven Care


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Last updated:  January 15, 2014


Research Focus

My research focuses primarily on the quality and delivery of care for patients with chronic lung diseases, in particular, for patients with COPD and lung cancer. Our research program encompasses a number of research areas that utilize state of the art clinical research methodology, including clinical trials design, comparative effectiveness research, implementation sciences, health services research and clinical epidemiology. Our research group is interested in the effects of multimorbidity using pharmacoepidemiology of COPD and non-COPD treatments on patient centered outcomes. We are also interested in patient health behaviors and the effects of health behaviors on outcomes. One of our primary research focuses is on identifying and intervening upon potential gaps in the quality of care for patients with lung cancer and COPD. These gaps include a focus on the quality of end-of-life communication and care, delivery of high quality palliative care, heterogeneity in care, and whether health care delivery is concordant with best available evidence.

Relevant Publications

Gould MK, Schultz MS, Wagner TH, Xu X, Ghaus SJ, Wallace RB, Provenzole D, Au DH.  Racial and Ethnic Disparities in the Use of Positron Emission Tomography among Patients with Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer in the Cancer Care Outcomes Research and Surveillance (CanCORS) study J. Thorac Oncl. 2011 May;6(5):875-83.

Cooke CR, Joo MJ, Anderson SM, Lee TA, Udris EM, Johnson E, Au DH. Identifying Patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Using Administrative Data: The Role of ICD-9 Codes and Pharmacy Records BMC Health Services Research. BMC Health Serv Res. 2011 Feb 16;11:37.

Wier, L.M., Elixhauser, A., Pfuntner, A., Au, D.H. Overview of Hospitalizations among Patients with COPD, 2008. HCUP Statistical Brief #106. February 2011. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.

Au DH, Udris EM, Engelberg RA, Diehr PH, Bryson CL, Reinke LF, Curtis JR. A Randomized Trial to Improve the Occurrence and Quality of Communication about End-of-Life Care among Patients with COPD.  Chest. 2012 Mar;141(3):726-35. 

Cecere LM, Slatore CG, Uman J, Evans LL, Udris EM, Bryson CL, Au DH. Adherence to Long-Acting Inhaled Therapies Among Patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).  J. COPD 2012 Jun;9(3):251-8.

Leung JM, Udris EM, Uman J, Au DH. The Effect of End-of-Life Discussions on Perceived Quality of Care and Health Status among Patients with COPD. Chest. 2012 Jul;142(1):128-33. [Epub ahead of print]

Huetsch JC, Uman JE, Udris EM, Au DH. Predictors of Adherence to Inhaled Medications among Veterans with COPD. J Gen Intern Med. 2012 Nov;27(11):1506-12. Erratum 2013 May;28(5):743-7.

Au DH, Bryson CL, Chien JW, Sun H, Udris EM, Evans LE, Bradley KB  The Effects of Smoking Cessation on Risk of COPD Exacerbations. J. Gen Internal Med 2009 Apr; 24(4):457-6

Melzer AC, Cecere LM, Uman J, Ramenofsky DH, Au DH. Missing Potential Opportunities to Reduce Repeat COPD Exacerbations. J. Gen Int Med 2013 May;28(5):652-9.


Active Funding

Funding Source

Project Title

Investigator Role

Funding Dates

National Heart
Lung and Blood

Long-term Oxygen Treatment Trial (LOTT) – University of Washington Regional Clinical Centers


 11/2006 - 10/2016

Department of
Veterans Affairs

Organizational Factors Related to Hospital Readmissions


 3/2011 - 3/2014

Department of
Veterans Affairs

Office of Specialty Care Transformation; Specialty Care Evaluation Center


 10/2011 - 9/2014

Department of
Veterans Affairs

VISN 20 Pulmonary SCAN-ECHO


 9/2012 - 9/2014

Department of
Veterans Affairs

Integrating Care After Exacerbation of COPD (InCasE)



Department of
Veterans Affairs

CDC Low Dose CT Lung Cancer Screening: Informed Decision Making and Smoking Cessation


 9/2013 - 9/2014

Department of
Veterans Affairs

Center of Innovation for Veteran-Centered & Value-Driven Care

Acting Director

 10/2013 - 9/2018

Department of
Veterans Affairs

A Novel Approach to Measuring Costs and Efficiency: Lung Nodules as a Case Study


 1/2014 - 12/2016

Department of
Veterans Affairs,
Nursing Research Initiative

Palliative Care Interventions for Outpatients Newly Diagnosed with Lung Cancer


5/2013 - 5/2015

Department of
Veterans Affairs, Office of Nursing Service

Barriers and Facilitators to Integrating Palliative Care and Oncology Services


9/2013 - 8/2014


Current Mentees




 Bridget Collins  MD   Obesity and COPD Misdiagnosis
 Seppo Rinne  MD PhD   Glitazone and Risk of COPD Exacerbations
 Christopher G Slatore  MD MS   Communication quality and lung cancer quality of care
 Min J Joo  MD MS   Improving delivery of COPD care in primary care setting
 Laura M Cecere  MD MS   Improving delivery of critical care in the out-of-hospital setting
 Lynn F Reinke  ARNP
  Palliative care for patients with COPD and lung cancer
 Anne C Melzer  MD   Evidence based therapies after COPD exacerbations and
  Smoking Cessation


Past Mentees



Current title


 Courtney Greene  MD  Private Practice  Northwest Hospital
 David Ramenofsky  MD  Private Practice  Northwest Hospital
 Laura Evans  MD MS  Assistant Professor  New York University
 Saadia Akhtar  MD  Private Practice  Boise, ID
 Tanyalak Parimon  MD  Assistant Professor  University of Washington
 Sarika Ogale  PhD  Health Economist  Genentech, San Francisco
 Tyler Lee  MD  Clinical Instructor  University of Washington



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