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Edward H. Wagner

Professor Emeritus, Health Services


MPH   University of North Carolina, 1972   (Epidemiology)
MD   State University of New York (Buffalo), 1965   (Internal Medicine)

Contact Info


Kaiser Permanente Washigton Health Research Institute
1730 Minor Ave, Suite 1600
Seattle, WA 98101-1448

voice:   206-287-2877
fax:   206-287-2871


Dr. Wagner is a general internist/epidemiologist and Director of the W.A. MacColl Institute for Healthcare Innovation at the Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute. He is also Professor of Health Services at the University of Washington School of Public Health. Current research interests include the development and testing of population-based care models for diabetes, frail elderly, cancer, and other chronic illnesses; the evaluation of the health and cost impacts of chronic disease and cancer interventions, and interventions to prevent disability and reduce depressive symptoms in older adults. He has written two books and more than 200 journal articles. He serves on the editorial boards of Health Services Research, the Journal of Clinical Epidemiology, and BMJ-USA, and acts as a consultant to multiple Federal agencies and provate foundations. As of June 1998, he directs "Improving Chronic Illness Care (ICIC)", a national program of The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The overall goal of ICIC is to assist health systems improve their care of chronic illness through quality improvement and evaluation, research, and dissemination. He is also Principal Investigator of the Cancer Research Network, and NCI funded consortium of 10 HMOs conducting collaborative cancer effectiveness research. He served as Director of the research center for Group Health Cooperative since its inception and resigned in April 1998. He has turned his energy towards directing the MacColl Institute for Healthcare Innovation. This Institute, within Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute, is concerned with developing and evalutating health care innovations which serve the needs of the chronically ill.

Health services research; Health promotion and disease prevention

Reid RJ, Wagner EH. The Veterans Health Administration Patient Aligned Care Teams: Lessons in Primary Care Transformation. J Gen Intern Med. 2014 Apr 9. [Epub ahead of print]  PMID: 24715404    PMCID: PMC4070230

Loggers ET, Fishman PA, Peterson D, O'Keeffe-Rosetti M, Greenberg C, Hornbrook MC, Kushi LH, Lowry S, Ramaprasan A, Wagner EH, Weeks JC, Ritzwoller DP. Advanced imaging among health maintenance organization enrollees with cancer. J Oncol Pract. 2014 Jul;10(4):231-8. doi: 10.1200/JOP.2013.001258.  PMID: 24844241    PMCID: PMC4094642

Chubak J, Aiello Bowles EJ, Tuzzio L, Ludman E, Rutter CM, Reid RJ, Wagner EH. Perspectives of cancer survivors on the role of different healthcare providers in an integrated delivery system. J Cancer Surviv. 2014 Jun;8(2):229-38. doi: 10.1007/s11764-013-0335-1. Epub 2013 Dec 19.  PMID: 24352871    PMCID: PMC4016186

Allen LA, Yood MU, Wagner EH, Aiello Bowles EJ, Pardee R, Wellman R, Habel L, Nekhlyudov L, Davis RL, Onitilo AA, Magid DJ; Pharmacovigilance Research Group. Performance of Claims-based Algorithms for Identifying Heart Failure and Cardiomyopathy Among Patients Diagnosed With Breast Cancer. Med Care. 2014 May;52(5):e30-8. doi: 10.1097/MLR.0b013e31825a8c22.  PMID: 22643199    PMCID: PMC3482414

Wagner EH, Ludman EJ, Aiello Bowles EJ, Penfold R, Reid RJ, Rutter CM, Chubak J, McCorkle R. Nurse navigators in early cancer care: a randomized, controlled trial. J Clin Oncol. 2014 Jan 1;32(1):12-8. doi: 10.1200/JCO.2013.51.7359. Epub 2013 Nov 25.  PMID: 24276777    PMCID: PMC3867643

MacColl Institute for Healthcare Innovation

The mission of the MacColl Institute for Healthcare Innovation is to bridge the worlds of research and delivery-system change, both nationally and within Group Health. Its goal is to design better delivery systems to promote; healthier and more informed consumers; health care providers who operate more efficiently, effectively, and with greater satisfaction in their work; lower health care costs.