Massey researcher appointed to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force
VCU Massey Cancer Center researcher Alex Krist, M.D., M.P.H., has been appointed to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, an independent, volunteer panel that reviews medical research and makes evidence-based recommendations about screenings, counseling services and other clinical preventive care.
As a new task force member with a four-year term, Krist will evaluate new medical research evidence on various preventive care topics. The task force will meet three times per year to discuss their findings and determine official recommendations.
“With the Affordable Care Act, the services that the task force will recommend will be the basis for what needs to be insured nationally. The recommendations will also have a big impact on clinical care. I’m honored to be a part this group,” said Krist, member of the Cancer Prevention and Control research program at VCU Massey Cancer Center, associate professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Population Health at the VCU School of Medicine, co-director of the Ambulatory Care Outcomes Research Network, clinician and professor at the VCU Fairfax Family Medicine Residency and director of community-engaged research at the Center for Clinical and Translational Research.
The task force’s vice-chair Albert Siu, M.D., M.S.P.H., said, “On behalf of my fellow members, I am pleased to welcome Dr. Krist to the task force. His expertise in the areas of clinical implementation of recommendations and shared decision-making will be an important addition to the task force.”
Krist’s research has focused on evidence-based medicine, cancer screening and preventive care. He was principal investigator at Massey for a website promoting prevention of common cancers. Recently, he developed an Internet-based educational tool to aid patients through the decision-making process for prostate cancer screenings.
Krist was nominated to the task force by the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American College of Preventive Medicine and the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine. Final appointments were made by the director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.