David Grossman, MD, MPH

“Evidence-based preventive care is the key to achieving and maintaining child and family health across the country.”

David C. Grossman, MD, MPH

Group Health Research Institute Senior Investigator
Group Health Executive Medical Director, Population & Purchaser Strategy, Health Plan
Group Health Cooperative Pediatrician, Factoria Clinic

Biography

David Grossman is a practicing pediatrician dedicated to keeping children and families healthy. He has a national impact on health and health care as vice chair of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) since 2015. The USPSTF, sponsored by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), is an independent panel of experts that reviews clinical evidence and provides recommendations on a range of preventive services. Dr. Grossman also contributed to the USPSTF as a task force member from 2008 to 2013.

Dr. Grossman leads the Department of Preventive Care, a preventive medicine subspecialty group within Group Health Physicians, and is also a Group Health Research Institute (GHRI) senior investigator. His research includes evaluating value-based insurance programs such as the one that has been offered to Group Health employees since 2010. He also has an extensive background in injury prevention and control, as well as Native American health disparities research. As the Group Health Medical Director for Population and Purchaser Strategy, Dr. Grossman leads activities in population health management and oversees the development of clinical practice guidelines and policy for Group Health. He has considerable experience in complex clinical practice redesign and improvement projects.

Prior to his appointment as vice-chair of USPSTF, Dr. Grossman was the GHRI principal investigator for the Kaiser Permanente Research Affiliates Evidence-based Practice Center, led by Kaiser's Center for Health Research Northwest and funded by AHRQ. For this work, Dr. Grossman led GHRI researchers in producing systematic evidence reviews for the USPSTF.

Before joining GHRI in 2004, Dr. Grossman was professor of pediatrics and director of the Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center at Harborview Medical Center, the primary trauma care facility in the Northwest. He has been recognized by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as one of the most influential injury and violence prevention professionals in the past 20 years. For his work in disparities, he received the American Academy of Pediatrics Native American Child Health Advocacy Award in 2007.

Dr. Grossman's previous service on regional and national advisory boards includes:

  • CDC Board of Scientific Counselors, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (2004–2012);
  • Vice-Chair, King County Healthcare Coalition Executive Steering Committee (2006–2012);
  • Executive Committee Member, National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention (2010–2012);
  • CDC Community Preventive Services Task Force, a sister organization to the USPSTF (2012–2015); and
  • Treasurer and board member, Washington Health Alliance, a regional nonprofit organization promoting health care quality and affordability (2013–2015).

A graduate of University of California, Berkeley and the UCLA School of Medicine, Dr. Grossman did his pediatric residency at the University of North Carolina. From 1988–1990, he was a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar at the University of Washington, where he is currently a professor of health services and adjunct professor of pediatrics.

Research interests and Experience

  • Preventive Medicine

    Public and population health, screening effectiveness and uptake, evidence-based practice recommendations

  • Health Services & Economics

    Promoting high-value care and evidence-based medicine, evaluating value-based insurance plans

  • Child & Adolescent Health

    Injury and suicide prevention, mental health, well child services, immunization

Recent publications

US Preventive Services Task Force, Bibbins-Domingo K, Grossman DC, Curry SJ, Davidson KW, Epling JW Jr, García FA, Herzstein J, Kemper AR, Krist AH, Kurth AE, Landefeld CS, Mangione CM, Phillips WR, Phipps MG, Pignone MP, Silverstein M, Tseng CW. Screening for obstructive sleep apnea in adults: US Preventive Services Task Force recommendation statement. JAMA. 2017 Jan 24;317(4):407-414. doi: 10.1001/jama.2016.20325. PubMed

US Preventive Services Task Force, Bibbins-Domingo K, Grossman DC, Curry SJ, Davidson KW, Epling JW Jr, García FA, Kemper AR, Krist AH, Kurth AE, Landefeld CS, Mangione CM, Phillips WR, Phipps MG, Pignone MP, Silverstein M, Tseng CW. Serologic screening for genital herpes infection: US Preventive Services Task Force recommendation statement. JAMA. 2016 Dec 20;316(23):2525-2530. doi: 10.1001/jama.2016.16776. PubMed

Bibbins-Domingo K, Grossman DC, Curry SJ, Davidson KW, Epling JW Jr, Garcia FA, Gillman MW, Kemper AR, Krist AH, Kurth AE, Landefeld CS, LeFevre ML, Mangione CM, Phillips WR, Owens DK, Phipps MG, Pignone MP. Statin use for the primary prevention of cardiovascular disease in adults: US Preventive Services Task Force recommendation statement. JAMA. 2016;316(19):1997-2007. doi: 10.1001/jama.2016.15450. PubMed

Bibbins-Domingo K, Grossman DC, Curry SJ, Davidson KW, Epling JW Jr, Garcia FA, Kemper AR, Krist AH, Kurth AE, Landefeld CS, Mangione CM, Phillips WR, Phipps MG, Pignone MP. Primary care interventions to support breastfeeding:US Preventive Services Task Force recommendation statement. JAMA. 2016 Oct 25;316(16):1688-1693. doi: 10.1001/jama.2016.14697. PubMed

 

healthy findings blog

Total Worker Health®: Integrating workplace safety and employee wellness

In Annals of Internal Medicine, Dr. David Grossman and colleagues set a course for research on integrated approaches to keeping workers safe and healthy.

Read it in Healthy Findings.

Child & Adolescent Health

Closing the knowledge gap on prevention in pediatrics

Does routine screening for autism, high cholesterol, and other problems improve kids’ health? We need better research to find out, Dr. Grossman says.

Read it in Healthy Findings.

recent news

New way to tackle vaccine hesitancy tested, found wanting

Group Health, WithinReach, Seattle Children’s, BestStart, Washington Department of Health partnered.

Read about it in News and Events.

GHRI In the Media

Lipid Disorders in Children and Adolescents: Screening

Cholesterol screening for kids sparks debate (again)

Final Update Summary: Lipid Disorders in Children and Adolescents: Screening. U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, Sept. 2016