Paul Wallace, MD, is the former Chief Medical Officer and Senior Vice President for Clinical Translation at Optum Labs, which was launched in early 2013 with the Mayo Clinic as a founding partner. Based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Optum Labs is designed to develop and sustain a community of research and learning partners spanning multiple health sectors who will have access to unprecedented data resources to work collaboratively on some of the most critical problems in health care today.
From 2011-13 he was a Senior Vice President and Director of the Center for Comparative Effectiveness Research at the Washington DC based Lewin Group, where he and his colleagues led policy and business development to manage, promote, and support the use of comparative effectiveness research to inform decisions that help achieve the most effective patient outcomes, health care policies, and deployment of health care resources.
Dr. Wallace was formerly a Medical Director and clinician with Kaiser Permanente from 1989 to 2011. He was the Executive Director of Kaiser Permanente’s Care Management Institute (CMI) from 2000 – 2005 and led and contributed to several KP national initiatives in evidence based medicine, population health and use of Health IT. Board certified in Internal Medicine and Hematology, he previously taught clinical and basic sciences and investigated bone marrow function as a faculty member at the Oregon Health Sciences University.
Dr. Wallace is Past Chair of the board of directors for AcademyHealth and a Board member of the eHealth Initiative. He was the Chair for the IOM Committee for Integrating Public Health and Primary Care that produced the report, Primary Care and Public Health: Exploring Integration to Improve Population Health. He previously served as a member of the Institute of Medicine Board on Population Health and Public Health Practice, the Committee on Performance Measurement and Standards Committees for NCQA, the National Advisory Council for the Agency of Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), the Medical Coverage Advisory Committee for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the Medical Advisory Panel for the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Technology Evaluation Center, and Boards for the Center for Information Therapy, and The Care Continuum Alliance.
Wallace is a graduate of the University Of Iowa School Of Medicine and completed further training in Internal Medicine and Hematology at Strong Memorial Hospital and the University of Rochester.