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Dr. Aram Dobalian appointed to NASEM Committee

Aram Dobalian

Aram Dobalian, Ph.D., M.P.H., JD, Professor and Director of the Division of Health Systems Management and Policy at the University of Memphis School of Public Health, has been appointed to the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine's (the National Academies) Committee on Best Practices for Assessing Mortality and Morbidity Following Large-Scale Disasters.

His research and consulting focus on access and quality of care during disasters and other crises, including work on community health resilience, crisis leadership, inpatient and outpatient quality metrics, healthcare facility evacuation, information technology in disasters, disaster behavioral health, and workforce readiness. He is a member of the "Standing Committee on Medical and Public Health Research During Large-Scale Emergency Events" of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Dr. Dobalian led the development of the first U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Comprehensive Emergency Management Program Evaluation and Research agenda in 2007-08. In 2010, he became the Founding Director of the Veterans Emergency Management Evaluation Center (VEMEC), the only national research center focused on VA's emergency management responsibilities – to ensure timely access to high-quality care for veterans during crises, and to improve the Nation's health preparedness for response to national emergencies, natural disasters, and terrorism. Dr. Dobalian has also examined end of life decision making and resource use in nursing homes, the role of pain in healthcare utilization, nursing home malpractice, the Nationwide Health Information Network Trial Implementation, veteran reintegration into civilian life, IRB quality, and nursing education. He led the national program evaluation of the VA Nursing Academy (VANA), a 5‐year program consisting of 15 partnerships between VA hospitals and nursing schools. VANA, now named the Enhancing Academic Partnerships Program, promotes innovations in clinical nursing education and practice. He has taught classes on the U.S. healthcare system, health law, health policy, and health ethics, and is a member of the State Bar of California.