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Albert W. Wu, MC, BA, MPH

Professor of Health Policy and Management at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Albert W. Wu is Professor of Health Policy and Management at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, with joint appointments in Epidemiology, International Health, Medicine, Surgery, and the Carey Business School. He is director of the Center for Health Services and Outcomes R search, and of the PhD Program in Health Services Research.

Dr. Wu received his M.D. from the Weill Medical College at Cornell University, and his M.P.H from the School of Public Health at the University of California-Berkeley.

Dr. Wu is PI or co-investigator on 4 current PCORI funded projects, and co-directs the Research Facilitating Team for the CMMI funded Johns Hopkins Community Partnership. He teaches a series of courses at Johns Hopkins on health outcomes, quality of care, comparative effectiveness and patient safety and has 25 years of experience as a practicing internist and HIV physician at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. He is currently a member of the National Quality Forum Patient Safety Measures Permanent committee.

Dr. Wu developed several of the most widely-used patient reported outcome (PRO) measures in HIV, founded the Outcomes Committee of the NIH AIDS Clinical Trials Group, and led PRO measurement for the National Eye Institute’s SOCA Research Network. He has used both qualitative and quantitative research methods in many studies of patient centered outcomes and effectiveness.

Dr. Wu was President of the International Society for Quality of Life Research, and is co-developer of the PatientViewpoint webtool. He was director the AHRQ-funded Hopkins DEcIDE center for comparative effectiveness research, which successfully completed 11 task orders on topics ranging from diabetes medications, to bariatric surgery and chronic kidney disease.

He has conducted research on patient safety since 1988. He was co-PI on a 2001 AHRQ grant to develop the ICU-Safety Reporting System. He is a core member of the Armstrong Institute for Quality and Patient Safety, was a member of the IOM Committee on Preventing Medication Errors, and Senior Adviser in Patient Safety to WHO in Geneva.

Dr. Wu is President of Faculty Senate at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, with a joint appointment at the Carey Business School. He is a member of the Permanent Patient Safety Committee, National Quality Forum. Dr. Wu is Associate Editor of the Journal of Patient Safety; Editorial Board: The Patient; Comparative Effectiveness Research. He recently served on the IOM Committee on Review of Clinical Guidance for the Care of Health Conditions Identified by the Camp Lejeune Legislation; Measuring the Impact of Interprofessional Education on Patient Outcomes.

Dr. Wu has published over 375 peer-reviewed papers with an Impact Factor of 89.

Employment History / Recent Positions

2014 – present, Joint appointment
Carey Business School

2013 – 2016, President
Faculty Senate, John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

2013 – present, Director
AHRQ NRSA T-32 Pre-doctoral (PhD) Training Grant in Health Services Research

2011 – present, Director
Johns Hopkins Center for Health Services and Outcomes Research

2005 – present, Director
Department of HPM, Epidemiology, International Health, Medicine, and Surgery

1991 – present, Attending Physician
Internal Medicine; Moore (HIV) Clinic (-2007) Johns Hopkins Medicine

1996 – 2005, Attending Physician
Departments of Health Policy & Management, Epidemiology & Medicine


University of California, Berkeley 
1991 : Public Health

Cornell University, Medical College
1985 : Medicine

Cornell University
1984 : Biology/Psychology

Recent Publications / Research Support

  • 114597 (Wu) : 9/1/2009 – 7/31/2014 : NIH/University of Washington
    Patient-Reported Outcomes in Routine Clinical Care of Patients Infected with HIV.
    To develop a patient reported outcome computer adaptive test for people with HIV/AIDS as part of the PROMIS2 initiative.
  • 114904 (Wu) : 2/1/2013 – 4/30/2014 : PCORI
    Development of Topic Briefs Being Considered for Targeted Funding Announcements.
    To provide focused reviews and capsule summaries of topics related to health system improvement.
  • HHSA2902010000091 (Steinwachs) : 9/30/2011 – 12/29/2013 : AHRQ/COE
    Comparative Effectiveness of Care Delivery Interventions in Serious Mental Illness
    To evaluate support employment in patients with severe mental illness in Maryland
  • (Segal) : 12/01/2011-11/30/2013 : PhRMA Foundation
    Center of Excellence for Comparative Effectiveness Education
    This project supports the development of educational activities for comparative effectiveness education.
  • U01AR057954 (Wu) : 09/01/2009-08/31/2013 : NIH/University of Washington
    Patient-Reported Outcomes in Routine Clinical Care of Patients Infected with HIV
    To develop a patient reported outcome computer adaptive test for people with HIV/AIDS as part of PROMIS2

Abstracts / Invited Presentations / Ongoing Research Support

  • (Ford) : 7/01/2014-6/30/2017 : PCORI
    PaTH Clinical Data Research Network. 
    To rapidly enroll and conduct patient centered outcomes research for patients with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis, Atrial Fibrillation and Obesity
  • (Wu – Johns Hopkins PI) : 6/01/14 – 5/30/2019 : PCORI/NIA
    Preventing Fall Related Injuries in Older Adults. 
    Randomized effectiveness trial of a multi-pronged strategy to provide older adults with individually tailored, evidence-based care plans to help them avoid falls and related injuries.
  • 116203 (Bridges, PI) : 12/01/2013 -11/30/2016 : PCORI
    Advancing Stated-Preference Methods For Measuring The Preferences Of Patients With Type 2 Diabetes.
    This project aims to advance and disseminate methods for patient and stakeholder engagement in patient-centered outcomes research.
  • 13074503 (Wu) : 09/01/2013-08/31/2015 : Maryland Patient Safety Center
    Resilience in Stressful Events (RISE)
    To develop a curriculum for health care organizations to develop a peer-support program for second victims and other staff traumatized by adverse patient outcomes
  • HS00029 (Wu) : 07/01/2013-08/31/2018 : Funding:AHRQ
    NRSA Pre-Doctoral Training Program in Health Services Research
    Director of PhD training program in health services research and policy