Stephen D. Persell


  • Professor of Medicine, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, IL


Dr. Persell is a Professor of Medicine and Director of the Center for Primary Care Innovation at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. He is a health services researcher and general internist. His research has involved multiple aspects of primary care delivery including the design, implementation and evaluation of EHR-based quality improvement tools, practice redesign and improvement techniques, and methods for clinician performance measurement. His research and academic work has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the Health Resources and Services Administration, and industry. Currently he is a co-principal investigator of an AHRQ-funded project Identify, Teach and Treat (IT2): Automating clinical decision pathways for the care of women with urinary incontinence, U18HS028744. He received his MD from Harvard Medical School and MPH from the Harvard School of Public Health. He did internal medicine residency training in the primary care program at Brigham and Women’s Hospital followed by a post-doctoral fellowship in health services research at Harvard and joined the Northwestern faculty in 2003. He works actively with Northwestern Medicine's quality improvement team where he serves as the Medical Director of Quality for Northwestern Medical Group. Clinically he sees adult primary care patients and precepts residents in clinic and on the inpatient medical service at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

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