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Leigh Simmons, MD, is an internal medicine-trained primary care physician at Massachusetts General Hospital and assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Simmons directs the internal medicine clerkship for Harvard Medical School students at Massachusetts General Hospital. Her research interests include patient engagement in care and shared decision making. Dr. Simmons is the Medical Director of the MGH Health Decision Sciences Center (http://www.massgeneral.org/decisionsciences/) where she studies the use of decision aids to help patients and clinicians in the shared decision making process.
Dr. Sepucha is the director of the Health Decision Sciences Center in the Division of General Internal Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and an assistant professor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Her research is focused on developing tools and measures to ensure that patients are well-informed and meaningfully involved in significant medical decisions. Dr. Sepucha is responsible for efforts to promote shared decision making in primary and specialty care at MGH and across Partners Health Care. In this work, she has overseen the delivery of more than 30,000 patient decision aids and training of more than 1,000 clinicians in shared decision making communication skills. Her recent research has focused on the development of survey instruments to measure the quality of decisions. The decision quality instruments have been used in national surveys of medical decisions and have been adapted for use in national patient experience surveys. Two performance measures based on these surveys have been endorsed by the National Quality Forum. Dr. Sepucha has been active in local, national and international efforts to improve decision quality, including the International Patient Decision Aids Standards collaboration. She has a Ph.D. in Engineering-Economic Systems and Operations Research from Stanford University, with a focus in decision sciences.