Felix Fernandez Appointed to Research Institute's Advisory Panel

September 2016

Emory cardiothoracic surgeon Felix Fernandez, MD, has been appointed to the Advisory Panel on Assessment of Prevention, Diagnosis, and Treatment Options of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). An independent, non-profit organization, PCORI is authorized by Congress to fund research that will provide patients, caregivers, and clinicians with the evidence-based information needed to make better-informed healthcare decisions.

Fernandez will join other members of the panel in applying his expertise and knowledge to helping PCORI refine and prioritize research funding priorities and ensuring that the research PCORI supports centers on the outcomes that matter to patients and other healthcare decision makers. Panel members represent a broad range of healthcare stakeholder groups and perspectives, including patients, family caregivers, clinicians, drug and device makers, and researchers.

Fernandez' selection was informed by his range of experience in lung cancer treatment research, including his investigation of the accuracy of open chest surgery for lung lobe removal vs. video assisted thoracic surgery in identifying the stage of non-small cell lung cancer, and his effort to link lung cancer surgery outcomes data from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons General Thoracic Surgery Database with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Medicare Database.

"I'm gratified to have been chosen to serve on the panel," says Fernandez. "I look forward to helping set research imperatives that will expand the information available to patients so that they can confidently guide their critical health care decisions."