Paul G. Shekelle

Paul G. Shekelle
Physican Policy Researcher
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Ph.D., UCLA School of Public Health; M.D., Duke University; M.P.H., University of California, Los Angeles; B.S. in chemistry and biology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Media Resources

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Paul G. Shekelle is a physician policy researcher at the RAND Corporation and has served as codirector of the Southern California Evidence-based Practice Center (EPC) from 1997-2018. He is a staff physician at the West Los Angeles Veterans Affairs Medical Center and a professor of medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Medicine. He is widely recognized in the field of guidelines, quality measurement, and evidence-based medicine. He is a past chair of the Clinical Guidelines Committee of the American College of Physicians (ACP). Shekelle earned his M.D. from Duke University and his Ph.D. from UCLA.

Concurrent Non-RAND Positions

Chief of General Internal Medicine, Veterans Affairs West Los Angeles

Recent Projects

  • Diagnosis and Management of Gout
  • When is Quality Improvement Cost Saving, Cost Effective, or Not a Good Value?
  • Patient Safety Practices in Ambulatory Settings
  • Treatment of Primary and Secondary Osteoarthritis of the Knee
  • Dissemination of Evidence-Based Medicine in Autism

Selected Publications

Agniel D, Haviland A, Shekelle P, Scherling A, Damberg CL, "Distinguishing High-Performing Health Systems Using a Composite of Publicly Reported Measures of Ambulatory Care," Ann Intern Med, 2020

Rudin RS, Friedberg MW, Shekelle P, Shah N, Bates DW, "Getting Value From Electronic Health Records: Research Needed to Improve Practice," Ann Intern Med, 2020

Greeley AM, Tanner EP, Mak S, Begashaw MM, Miake-Lye IM, Shekelle PG, "Sitters as a Patient Safety Strategy to Reduce Hospital Falls: A Systematic Review," Ann Intern Med, 175(5), 2020

Jue, J. J., Cunningham, S., Lohr, K., Shekelle, P., Shiffman, R., Robbins, C., ... & Schoelles, K, "Developing and Testing the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's National Guideline Clearinghouse Extent of Adherence to Trustworthy Standards (NEATS) Instrument," Annals of internal medicine, 170(7), 2019

Shekelle PG, Cook IA, Miake-Lye IM, Booth MS, Beroes JM, Mak S., "Benefits and Harms of Cranial Electrical Stimulation for Chronic Painful Conditions, Depression, Anxiety, and Insomnia: A Systematic Review," Ann Intern Med, 168(6), 2018

Shekelle PG, Shetty K, Newberry S, Maglione M, Motala A, "Machine learning versus standard techniques for updating searches for systematic reviews: a diagnostic accuracy study," Ann Intern Med, 167(3), 2017

Childers CP, Maggard-Gibbons M, Shekelle PG, "Antiplatelet Therapy in Patients With Coronary Stents Undergoing Elective Noncardiac Surgery: Continue, Stop, or Something in Between?" JAMA, 318(2), 2017

Paige NM, Miake-Lye IM, Booth MS, Beroes JM, Mardian AS, Dougherty P, Branson R, Tang B, Morton SC, Shekelle PG, "Association of Spinal Manipulative Therapy With Clinical Benefit and Harm for Acute Low Back Pain: Systematic Review and Meta-analysis," JAMA, 317(14), 2017

Honors & Awards

  • 2011 Under Secretary’s Award in Health Services Research, Veterans Affairs

Recent Media Appearances

Interviews: Los Angeles Times; Reuters Health; Scripps Howard News Service; Time Magazine; USA Today; Wall Street Journal

Commentary: British Medical Journal; Journal of Health Services Research and Policy; Lancet; New England Journal of Medicine