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Lucy A. Savitz, PhD, MBA


Dr. Lucy Savitz has over 30 years of experience in healthcare delivery and health services research. Over the past two decades she has had academic appointments spanning across North America. Her research explores implementation science and a patient-centered approach to social determinants, safety, and quality improvement in health and healthcare.

Education and Training

  • BS, BA, University of Denver
  • MBA, University of Denver
  • PhD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH)


Selected Prior Positions

2007-2010 Senior Scientist
Institute for Health Care Delivery Research, Intermountain Healthcare
2008-2017 Adjunct Associate Professor of Nursing
University of Utah College of Nursing
2008-present Adjunct Associate Professor
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
2008-present Research Professor (now Adjunct Research Professor), Clinical Epidemiology
University of Utah School of Medicine
2009-2017 Adjunct Associate Professor of Pediatrics
University of Utah School of Medicine
2010-2017 Assistant Vice President for Delivery System Science, Institute for Health Care Delivery Research
Intermountain Healthcare
2015-2017 Elected Board Member
High Value Healthcare Collaborative
2016-2018 Nominated and Approved Member
AARP National Policy Council
2016-present National Advisory Council
2017-present Vice President for Health Research and Director
Center for Health Research Oregon and Hawaii, Kaiser Permanente Northwest Region
2018-present Affiliate Professor
Oregon Health and Science University-Portland State University (OHSU-PSU) School of Public Health
2018-present Board Member
Health Care System Research Network (chair elect, 2019)
2018-present External Advisory Board Member
University of Michigan School of Medicine, Department of Learning Health System Science
2018-present External Advisory Board Member
University of Kentucky Center for Health Services Research
2018-present Advisory Board
High Value Healthcare Collaborative


Selected Honors and Awards

1998 Nominated for the McGavran Teaching Award
UNC-CH School of Public Health
2006 Career Author Award
RTI International (formerly Research Triangle Institute)
2015-2017 Chair, Discovery and Dissemination
High Value Healthcare Collaborative

Selected Publications

Peer-reviewed research manuscripts

  • James B and Savitz LA. How Intermountain Trimmed Health Care Costs Through Robust Quality Improvement Efforts. Health Affairs, 30(6):1185-91, 2011.
  • Fisher ES, SM Shortell and Savitz LA. Implementation Science, A Potential Catalyst for Delivery System Reform. JAMA, 315(4):339-340, 2016.
  • Knighton AJ, L Savitz, T Belnap, B Stephonson and J VanDerslice. Introduction of an Area Deprivation Index Measuring Patient Socio-economic Status in an Integrated Health System: Implications for Population Health. eGEMs (Generating Evidence & Methods to Improve Patient Outcomes), 4(3):1238, August 2016.
  • Savitz LA and LT Weiss. A Data Driven Approach to Achieving High Value Healthcare. eGEMs (Generating Evidence & Methods to Improve Patient Outcomes), 5(3):1, 2017.
  • Guise JM, Savitz LA, Friedman CP. Mind the Gap: Putting Evidence into Practice in the Era of Learning Health Systems. Journal of General Internal Medicine, 28 August 2018. [Epub 28 August 2018]