Helen Burstin 


Helen Burstin, MD, MPH, FACP is the Chief Scientific Officer of The National Quality Forum, a not-for-profit membership organization that works to catalyze healthcare improvement through quality measurement and reporting. Dr. Burstin is responsible for advancing the science of quality measurement and improvement. She provides scientific oversight for the evaluation, endorsement and selection of quality measures and the transition to electronic performance measurement.

Prior to joining NQF in 2007, Dr. Burstin was the Director of the Center for Primary Care, Prevention, and Clinical Partnerships at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). In her role, she oversaw the development of an extensive research portfolio at the intersection of health information technology and quality of care. Her center also supported the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force and research on primary care and prevention. She led the development of the first National Healthcare Disparities Report. Prior to joining AHRQ in 2000, Dr. Burstin was an Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School and the Director of Quality Measurement at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. In her role, she developed a hospital-wide electronic Quality Measurement Reporting System. She also served as the Chair of the Medical Staff Executive Committee on Quality Assurance and Risk Management.

Dr. Burstin is a graduate of the State University of New York at Upstate College of Medicine and the Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Burstin completed a residency in primary care internal medicine at Boston City Hospital. After residency, she completed fellowship training in General Internal Medicine and Health Services Research at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School. Dr. Burstin is the author of more than 80 articles and book chapters on quality, patient safety, and disparities. She is the Chair of the Quality Measures Workgroup of the federal HHS Health IT Policy Committee. She is a Senior Professorial Lecturer in the Department of Health Policy at George Washington University School of Public Health. Dr. Burstin is a Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at George Washington University where she serves as a preceptor in internal medicine. She was recently awarded the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Voluntary Attending Award from the George Washington School of Medicine.