William Knaus's bio:

William A. Knaus, M.D. is the Evelyn Troup Hobson Professor and founding Chair of the Department of Public Health Sciences at the University of Virginia Health System. Dr. Knaus received his medical degree from West Virginia University School of Medicine and, after completing an internal medicine residency and critical care fellowship, served as the Co- Director of the ICU and established the ICU Research Unit at George Washington University. The ICU Research Unit focused on developing a severity of illness and prognostic scoring system for critically ill hospitalized patients, APACHE (Acute Physiology, Age, Chronic Health Evaluation). Supported and expanded with public and private grant funds from an initial database of 500 to over 1,000,000 cases worldwide the APACHE scoring system has become the gold standard for severity scoring and outcome assessment for acutely ill hospitalized patients. In 1996 a private company Dr. Knaus formed based on this research, APACHE Medical Systems, Inc. went public on the NASDAQ stock exchange and in 2000 was sold to the Cerner Corporation, the leading U.S. medical software information company.

Dr. Knaus also designed and successfully managed one of the largest and most influential clinical trials of physician decision-making, The SUPPORT (Study to Understand Prognoses, Preferences, and Outcomes from Treatment) Trial. Since 1996, in his capacity as Chair of the Department of Public Health Sciences at the University of Virginia Health System, Dr. Knaus has designed and developed this new department within UVA’s School of Medicine. He established Divisions of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, Clinical Informatics, and Public Health Policy and Practice. The department developed and manages an integrated clinical and administrative data repository (CDR) to support research and management efforts throughout school of medicine and health system. In 2007 a new Center for Public Health Genomics under the Directorship of Dr. Steve Rich was established at UVA in a recruitment effort and strategic partnership developed and led by Dr. Knaus. Dr. Knaus continues his own research in outcomes and translational research, novel decision support and medical software development for which he has been elected to The Institute of Medicine, U.S. National Academy of Sciences.

Disclosure: William A. Knaus, MD has disclosed that he is founder and partner for Intelligent Search Technologies; and is founder and Vise President for Patient Command.

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