Baylor Health Care System
Dr. David J. Ballard is senior vice president and chief quality officer of the Baylor Health Care System (BHCS) in Dallas, a position he has held since 1999. He is responsible for leading clinical quality improvement initiatives for all Baylor facilities, physicians and employees.
Under his leadership, BHCS has received many awards for its health care improvement accomplishments, including the Leapfrog Patient-Centered Care Award and the National Quality Healthcare Award of the National Quality Forum (NQF), while consistently performing above the 95th percentile among US hospitals in Joint Commission core measure implementation, enhancing patient-centeredness performance and substantially improving patient safety with a hospital risk-adjusted mortality reduction exceeding 40 percent since June 2005 across the 10 acute care hospitals of BHCS.
Dr. Ballard is also executive director and endowed chair in the BHCS Institute for Health Care Research and Improvement. Prior to joining BHCS, he held progressive academic appointments with tenure at the Mayo Medical School and the University of Virginia School of Medicine and was professor of medicine in the Emory University School of Medicine and professor of epidemiology in the Rollins School of Public Health of Emory University. He serves on the editorial boards of Health Services Research, the International Journal of Quality in Health Care and the Mayo Clinic Proceedings. He has published more than 150 peer-reviewed manuscripts and received the Alice S. Hersh New Investigator Award of Academy Health given annually to the outstanding health services research scholar in the United States less than 40 years of age.
A study section member over the past twenty years for the National Institutes of Health and the Agency for Health Care Research and Quality (AHRQ), David is Chair of AHRQ's Health Care Quality and Effectiveness Research study section. He has been a member of many NQF committees, including its National Quality Healthcare Award Blue Ribbon Review Panel and National Voluntary Consensus Standards for Hospital Care: Specialty Physician Measures which he co-chaired. He currently co-chairs the Joint Commission's Blood Management Performance Measures Project Technical Advisory Panel. He is one of two physician members of the Board of Trustees of the Texas Hospital Association, a member of the UNC School of Public Health Foundation Board and a recipient of the 2008 Distinguished Service Award of the UNC School of Medicine.
A native of Lexington, Ky., Dr. Ballard is a board-certified internist who trained in internal medicine at the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine following completion of academic degrees in chemistry, economics, epidemiology and medicine at the University of North Carolina, where he was a John Motley Morehead Scholar.