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Kathryn M. McDonald

Kathryn M. McDonald, MM

Executive Director at the Center for Health Policy and the Center for Primary Care and Outcomes Research

Stanford University
117 Encina Commons
Stanford, CA 94305-6019

(650) 723-0559 (voice)
(650) 723-1919 (fax)

Research Interests

healthcare quality and patient safety; multidisciplinary approaches to evaluating health care practices and interventions; evidence-based medicine; medical technology assessment; decision analysis and patient preferences


Kathryn McDonald is the executive director of CHP/PCOR and a senior scholar at the centers. She is also associate director of the Stanford-UCSF Evidence-based Practice Center, and leads CHP/PCOR's Quality and Patient Safety Indicators project. Her work focuses on evidence-based medicine, medical technology assessment, healthcare quality and patient safety.

McDonald has served as a project director and investigator on a number of research projects at the Stanford School of Medicine, including the Cardiac Arrhythmia and Risk of Death Patient Outcomes Research Team (CARD PORT), the international investigation of Technological Changes in Healthcare (TECH), and the development of the Quality and Patient Safety Indicators for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

Previously, she worked as a manager for technology optimization and business development at Stanford Hospital, and as a research and development manager for new product development for a medical device company. She received a master of management degree (MBA and MHA equivalent) from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management, with an emphasis on the healthcare industry, and she holds a BS in chemical engineering from Stanford University.

Stanford Affiliations