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As chief quality officer and executive director of the Baylor Health Care System Institute for Health Care Research and Improvement, Dr. Ballard is responsible for designing, implementing and evaluating clinical quality improvement initiatives across the system. Dr. Ballard was appointed president of the STEEEP Global Institute to provide health care performance improvement products and services to health care delivery organizations throughout the world. In 2012, Dr. Ballard was appointed as chair of the newly formed BHCS STEEEP/Best Care Governance Council. He also serves on the board of managers of The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano and of the BHCS-Kessler/Select rehabilitation and long term care joint venture. Dr. Ballard also is a member of the executive committee of the High Value Healthcare Collaborative of which Baylor is a member.
Prior to joining Baylor in 1999, Dr. Ballard held progressive academic appointments as assistant and then associate professor at the Mayo Medical School, as associate professor with tenure at the University of Virginia School of Medicine and as professor of medicine with tenure in the Emory University School of Medicine and professor of epidemiology in The Rollins School of Public Health of Emory University. David’s leadership roles have included service as founding head of the Mayo Section of Health Services Evaluation and as senior associate consultant and consultant in the Department of Health Science Research, founding president of Kerr L. White Institute for Health Services Research, and president of the International Society for Quality in Health Care. He served as chair of the Health Care Quality and Effectiveness Research study for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) from 2006 through 2010. In recent years, he served as chair-elect of AHRQ’s Centers for Education and Research on Therapeutics Steering Committee in 2011 and 2012, and is now full chair for 2013 and 2014.
He has been a member of many National Quality Forum committees, including its National Quality Healthcare Award Blue Ribbon Review Panel and National Voluntary Consensus Standards for Hospital Care: Specialty Physician Measures which he co-chaired. He co-chaired the Joint Commission’s Blood Management Performance Measures Project Technical Advisory Panel. He has also served as a member of the American Hospital Association’s Dick Davidson Quality Milestone Award for Allied Association Leadership selection committee for 2011 and 2012. He is a member of the foundation board for UNC School of Public Health and a member on the board of trustees of The Lawrenceville School. In addition, he has previously held a board appointment for the Texas Hospital Association. He currently co-chairs the Delivery System Reform Incentive Pool (DSRIP) Task Force of the Dallas Section 1115 Medicaid Waiver Project.
A native of Lexington, Ky., Dr. Ballard graduated with Academic Distinction from The Lawrenceville School. A board-certified internist, he trained at the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine following completion of degrees in chemistry, economics, epidemiology and medicine at the University of North Carolina where he was a Morehead Scholar and North Carolina Fellow.
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