Professor David Flum
David R. Flum, MD, MPH
Associate Chief Medical Officer
Professor, Surgery, Health Services, and Pharmacy
Associate Chair for Research, Surgery
Director, Surgical Outcomes Research Center (SORCE)
University of Washington
Research & Development Lead, Surgical Care and Outcomes Assessment Program (SCOAP)
Dr. David Flum is a gastrointestinal surgeon and outcomes researcher at the University of Washington. He holds the rank of Professor in the Schools of Medicine, Public Health, and Pharmacy, and serves as the Director of the Surgical Outcomes Research Center (SORCE) and Associate Chair for Research in the Department of Surgery. He earned a Masters Degree in Public Health in the field of health services research while in the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program at the University of Washington. Dr. Flum is an internationally recognized surgical epidemiologist and outcomes researcher – a leader in bridging clinical care and public health issues. His work is aimed at improving healthcare by studying the impact of interventional care by identifying processes of care that work helping increase their use.
Dr. Flum serves as the Program Director of the NIDDK-funded, post-doctoral T32 training program in surgical outcomes research and is Principal Investigator for several research studies evaluating the mechanisms, impact and/or outcomes of surgery on obesity and diabetes. This includes the Longitudinal Assessment of Bariatric Surgery study (the first NIH -funded study evaluating efficacy and effectiveness in bariatric surgery), Mechanisms of Glycemic Improvement after Gastrointestinal Surgery, Feasibility, Efficacy, and Mechanisms of Surgical vs. Medical Diabetes Treatment, the Bariatric Outcomes and Obesity Modeling project (a multi-disciplinary Department of Defense-funded study evaluating the health policy and economic impact of bariatric operations), and the Calorie Reduction Or Surgery: Seeking Remission for Obesity and Diabetes project (an RCT of surgery and best medical therapy for diabetes, funded by the NIDDK). He is Medical Director of CERTAIN (http://www.becertain.org), a patient-centered research network focused on conducting comparative studies of healthcare treatments and technology.
Dr. Flum also was the founder and Medical Director (2005-2011) and currently serves as Research and Development Lead of the Surgical Care and Outcomes Assessment Program (SCOAP). SCOAP is a quality of care improvement program providing hospital-specific data feedback and best practices regarding processes of care and outcomes to over 55 Washington State hospitals. He sits on the editorial boards of Surgery and the British Journal of Surgery and was Chair of the American College of Surgeons' Surgical Research Committee from 2008-2013. In 2011, Dr. Flum was appointed to the Methodology Committee of the federal Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI).