Douglas Owens, MD, MS is the Henry J. Kaiser, Jr. Professor and Director of the Center for Health Policy in the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Professor of Medicine, as well as Professor (by courtesy) of Health Research & Policy, and of Management Science and Operations. He is an internationally renowned leader in research on health policy, clinical policy and the development of analytic methods for evaluating policy questions. He was previously director of the Stanford Evidence-based Practice Center. He is particularly interested in technology assessment and the application of decision theory to clinical/health policy problems.