Robert W. Dubois, MD, PhD

Robert W. Dubois, MD, PhD, was formerly the chief science officer and executive vice president for the National Pharmaceutical Council (NPC). He held the position from 2010 until he retired in February 2022. He also served as NPC's interim president and CEO from Sept. 2020 to April 2021, guiding NPC and its staff during the search for a permanent executive.

Dr. Dubois, who is board certified in internal medicine, has more than 25 years of experience in health care research, with a particular focus on understanding and ensuring that patients receive high value health care. He has co-founded and led various health care research organizations in developing quality research with practical application.

Dr. Dubois was previously the Chief Medical Officer of Cerner Life Sciences, co-founded Protocare Sciences and was its executive vice president, chief medical officer, and later its CEO. 

Throughout his career, Dr. Dubois’ primary interest has centered on defining “what works” in health care and finding ways for that evidence to inform health care decision-making. He is a recognized expert in the areas of defining best practice, disease management and appropriateness of care. He has authored more than 175 peer-reviewed articles on comparative effectiveness, evidence-based medicine, the development of practice guidelines and determining the optimal use of high-cost medical services.

Dr. Dubois received his AB from Harvard College, his MD from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and his PhD in health policy from the RAND Graduate School. He is the associate editor of the Journal of Comparative Effectiveness Research and is on the editorial board for Health Affairs and The American Journal of Managed Care.

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