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Stephan Fihn, MD, MPH, FACP

Professor, Department of Medicine (DOM)
Division Head, General Internal Medicine
Director, Office of Analytics and Business Intelligence, Veterans Health Administration

Education & Training

MD, St. Louis University, School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO, 1973-1977
Internship and Residency in Internal Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, 1977-1979
MPH, University of Washington, School of Public Health and Community Medicine, Seattle, WA, 1979-1981
Chief Residency in Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, 1981-1982

Professional Interests

Health sciences research
Health status measurement
Quality improvement
Health care analytics
Clinical epidemiology
Ischemic heart disease


Phi Beta Kappa
Alpha Omega Alpha
Alpha Sigma Nu
Fellow, American College of Physicians
Fellow, American Heart Association
Under Secretary’s Award for Outstanding Achievement in Health Services Research, 2002
VA Exemplary Service Award, 2005
Top Doctors, Seattle Metropolitan Magazine, 2011
Robert J. Glaser Award (for outstanding contributions to research, education, or both in generalism in medicine), Society of General Internal Medicine, 2012

Selected Publications

Fihn SD, Bucher JB, McDonell M, Diehr P, Rumsfeld JS, Doak M, Dougherty C, Gerrity M, Heidenreich P, Larsen G, Lee, Lucas L, McBryde C, Nelson K, Plomondon ME, Stadius M, Bryson C. A collaborative care intervention for stable ischemic heart disease. Arch Intern Med 2011;171:1471-9.
Wang L, Porter B, Maynard C, Evans G, Bryson CL, Sun H, Gupta I, Lowy E, McDonell M, Frisbee K, Nielson C, Kirkland F, Fihn SD. Predicting risk of hospitalization or death among patients receiving primary care in the Veterans Health Administration. Med Care. 2013;51:368-73.
Fihn SD, Gardin JM, Abrams J, Berra K, Blankenship JC, Dallas AP, Douglas PS, Foody JM, Gerber TC, Hinderliter AL, King SB III, Kligfield PD, Krumholz HM, Kwong RYK, Lim MJ, Linderbaum JA, Mack MJ, Munger MA, Prager RL, Sabik JF, Shaw LJ, Sikkema JD, Smith CR Jr, Smith SC Jr, Spertus JA, Williams SV. 2012 ACCF/AHA/ACP/AATS/PCNA/SCAI/STS guideline for the diagnosis and management of patients with stable ischemic heart disease: a report of the American College of Cardiology Foundation/American Heart Association Task Force on Practice Guidelines, and the American College of Physicians, American Association for Thoracic Surgery, Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association, Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions, and Society of Thoracic Surgeons. J Am Coll Cardiol 2012;60:e44-e164; and Circulation 2012;126:e354-471.
Fihn SD, Francis J, Clancy C, Nielson C, Nelson K, Rumsfeld J, Cullen T, Bates J, Graham GL. Insights from advanced analytics at the Veterans Health Administration. Health Aff (Millwood) 2014;33:1203-11.
Nelson KM, Helfrich C, Sun H, Hebert PL, Liu C-F, Dolan E, Taylor L, Wong E, Maynard C, Hernandez EA, Sanders W, Randall I, Curtis I, Schectman G, Stark R, Fihn SD. Implementation of the patient-centered medical home in the Veterans Health Administration associations with patient satisfaction, quality of care, staff burnout, and hospital and emergency department use. JAMA Intern Med 2014;174:1350-8.