Saint Louis University

Thomas E. Burroughs, PhD

Professor of Biostatistics (Secondary), Executive Director, SLUCOR (SLU Center for Outcomes Research), Professor, Department of Internal Medicine


Salus Center, Room # 414
Saint Louis University
School of Public Health
Tel: (314) 977-9425


Dr. Burroughs is Professor of Internal Medicine and a Professor of Community Health, Division of Biostatistics (School of Public Health) at Saint Louis University. He is also Division Director for the Saint Louis University Center for Outcomes Research, and Co-Director of the PhD Programs in the School of Public Health.

He holds graduate degrees in Mathematical Statistics from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville and in Psychology from Washington University. His doctoral work in Psychology at Washington University centered on the development of multivariate models predicting the metabolic control of patients with Types I and II diabetes based on psychological, social and clinical characteristics.

Prior to founding the Center for Outcomes Research, Dr. Burroughs was on the faculty at Washington University and was Director of the Center for Healthcare Quality and Effectiveness for BJC HealthCare, one of the largest non-profit health systems in the United States. In his academic and corporate role, he was responsible for the development, deployment and utilization of a broad based measurement system that assessed the clinical and service quality across 13 hospitals, 5 nursing homes, and more than 100 ambulatory care sites. In addition, he was the principal architect of BJCScores, an online analysis and reporting system that provides real-time quality data to more than 2000 managers on a daily basis, which won the 1999 HIMSS National Quality Management Award. He has served on a number of national committees identifying the most accurate and appropriate ways of assessing clinical quality in American Hospitals.

Dr. Burroughs' research program has led to more than 60 journal articles and book chapters as well as speaking engagements around the world. His research has centered on the measurement and analysis of clinical and service quality, medical errors/adverse events, the care of patients with diabetes, and the factors associated with successful organ transplantation.


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