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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. Bending the cardiovascular risk curve. JAMA Intern Med 2013 Oct 14
Fihn SD. In hospitalized patients, the Hospital-patient One-year Mortality Risk score predicted 1-year mortality. Ann Intern Med. 2015;163:JC13
Bradley SM, O'Donnell CI, Grunwald GK, Liu CF, Hebert PL, Maddox TM, Jesse RL, Fihn SD, Rumsfeld JS, Ho PM. Response to Letter Regarding Article, "Facility Level Variation in Hospitalization, Mortality, and Costs in the 30 Days After Percutaneous Coronary Intervention: Insights on Short-Term Healthcare Value From the Veterans Affairs Clinical Assessment, Reporting, and Tracking System (VA CART) Program". Circulation. 2016;133(5):e377
Helfrich CD, Sylling PW, Gale RC, Mohr DC, Stockdale SE, Joos S, Brown EJ, Grembowski D, Asch SM, Fihn SD, Nelson KM, Meredith LS. The facilitators and barriers associated with implementation of a patient-centered medical home in VHA. Implement Sci. 2016;11:24
Levine GN, Bates ER, Bittl JA, Brindis RG, Fihn SD, Fleisher LA, Granger CB, Lange RA, Mack MJ, Mauri L, Mehran R, Mukherjee D, Newby LK, O'Gara PT, Sabatine MS, Smith PK, Smith SC Jr. 2016 ACC/AHA Guideline Focused Update on Duration of Dual Antiplatelet Therapy in Patients With Coronary Artery Disease: A Report of the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association Task Force on Clinical Practice Guidelines: An Update of the 2011 ACCF/AHA/SCAI Guideline for Percutaneous Coronary Intervention, 2011 ACCF/AHA Guideline for Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Surgery, 2012 ACC/AHA/ACP/AATS/PCNA/SCAI/STS Guideline for the Diagnosis and Management of Patients With Stable Ischemic Heart Disease, 2013 ACCF/AHA Guideline for the Management of ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction, 2014 AHA/ACC Guideline for the Management of Patients With Non-ST-Elevation Acute Coronary Syndromes, and 2014 ACC/AHA Guideline on Perioperative Cardiovascular Evaluation and Management of Patients Undergoing Noncardiac Surgery. Circulation. 2016 Mar.