As Chief Quality Officer for Baylor Scott & White Health (BSWH), as well as President of the STEEEP Global Institute, Dr. Ballard is responsible for leading health care quality across the organization. As the first Chief Quality Officer for Baylor Health Care System from 1999-2013 before assuming his BSWH role October 1, 2013, Baylor Health Care System received many awards for its health care improvement accomplishments under Dr. Ballard’s leadership. Some of these include the 2007 Leapfrog Patient-Centered Care Award, the 2008 National Quality Healthcare Award of the National Quality Forum, and the 2010 Medical Group Preeminence Award of the American Medical Group Association.
Prior to joining BHCS in 1999, Dr. Ballard held progressive academic appointments as Assistant and then Associate Professor at the Mayo Medical School, as Associate Professor with tenure at the University of Virginia School of Medicine, as Professor of Medicine with tenure in the Emory University School of Medicine, and as Professor of Epidemiology in The Rollins School of Public Health of Emory University. Dr. Ballard’s leadership roles have included service as founding Head of the Mayo Section of Health Services Evaluation and as Senior Associate Consultant and then Consultant in the Department of Health Science Research (1986-91); founding President, Kerr L. White Institute for Health Services Research (1991-9); President (2001-3) of the International Society for Quality in Health Care; and Chair of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Health Care Quality and Effectiveness Research study section (2006 -10). He is Chair of AHRQ’s Centers for Education and Research on Therapeutics Steering Committee for 2013 and 2014.
Dr. Ballard serves on several editorial boards, including Health Services Research, the Journal of Comparative Effectiveness Research, and the Mayo Clinic Proceedings (for which he serves as a Health Policy Section Editor). He has published 150+ PubMed listed manuscripts and is a 1995 recipient of the Academy Health New Investigator Award, given annually to an outstanding health services research scholar in the United States less than 40 years of age.
His research also received the 2012 John M. Eisenberg Article-of-the-Year from Health Services Research. Dr. Ballard is also Editor of the book “Achieving STEEEP Health Care,” which received the Shingo Research and Professional Publication Award. His next book, “The Guide to Achieving STEEEP Health Care,” also received the Shingo Research and Professional Publication Award. He is a member of the UNC School of Public Health Foundation Board, member of the Board of Trustees of The Lawrenceville School, and past member of the Board of Trustees of the Texas Hospital Association. Dr. Ballard received in 2008 the Distinguished Alumnus Award of the UNC School of Medicine. He was named in 2015 and 2016 by Becker’s Hospital Review as one of “50 Experts Leading the Field of Patient Safety.”
A native of Lexington, Kentucky, Dr. Ballard graduated with Academic Distinction from The Lawrenceville School where he was selected as its outstanding senior by the faculty (Brainard Award) and by his classmates (Yale Aurelian Award) and was chosen by the National Football Foundation’s Delaware Valley Chapter as its outstanding Scholar-Athlete. A board-certified internist, he trained at the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine following completion of degrees in chemistry, economics, epidemiology, and medicine at the University of North Carolina where he was a Morehead Scholar, North Carolina Fellow, and junior year Phi Beta Kappa inductee.
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