Mark Helfand directs the VA Evidence-based Synthesis Program Coordinating Center and the West Coast Branch of the U.S. Cochrane Center. He has conducted rapid reviews to guide implementation of innovative technologies in health systems.  He is a member of the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Methodology Committee and leads the Health Experiences subgroup for the VA HSR&D’s Veteran Engagement Work Group.  He is a Professor in the departments of Medicine and Medical Informatics and Outcomes Research at Oregon Health & Science University.