Thomas E. Burroughs, PhD
Executive Director and Professor
Dr. Burroughs' career spans the academic, corporate, and consulting worlds. He work has been dedicated to improving health outcomes through measurement systems, advanced analytics and translation of research into healthcare system policy. Prior to joining Saint Louis University School of Medicine, Dr. Burroughs was the Corporate Director of Performance Measurement for BJC Health System, one of the country's largest non-profit healthcare delivery systems. At BJC, he was the principal architect for a nationally recognized clinical monitoring and reporting system, BJCScores, which provided online reporting and analytics to more than 2,000 health system managers. BJCScores incorporated automated surveillance systems that screened data on an ongoing basis for significant changes in performance and then alerted clinicians and managers. This system served as a model for other healthcare systems across the country and was the winner of the 1999 HIMSS National Quality Management Award. Dr. Burroughs worked closely with clinical and executive leadership to translate analytic findings into hospital and system-level initiatives to improve the patient care experience, clinical quality, and financial performance.
Dr. Burroughs has consulted with large corporations inside and outside of the healthcare industry. He has advised organizations such as Harvard's Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Presbyterian Healthcare, Princeton University Health Services, on the design of clinical and patient measurement systems, and has led training for numerous healthcare organizations through the Institute for Healthcare Improvement. Dr. Burroughs co-founded of a surveying company that provided business intelligence to international corporations, including Emerson, Monsanto, Sprint, Anheuser Busch, and Hyatt Hotels. He spent extensive time advising corporate leadership on organizational performance, market position and strategies for strengthening performance.
In addition to serving as SLUCOR's Executive Director, Dr. Burroughs is actively engaged in mentoring doctoral and post-doctoral students, teaching graduate courses, and using big data to advance care delivery for people with diabetes. His current research utilizes national medical, pharmacy and demographic data for 34 million Americans with diabetes. The current focus is on the utilization and outcomes of insulin pumps and continuous blood glucose monitors. A second line of research involves the development of next generation versions of the Diabetes Quality of Life Brief Clinical Inventory he developed more than a decade ago, which has now been translated into 22 foreign languages.
Dr. Burroughs holds graduate degrees in mathematical statistics and psychology from Southern Illinois University and Washington University. His research has been funded by the NIH, VA, private foundations and corporations. He is the author of more than 80 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters and serves on numerous committees and boards.
He was born in Louisville, Kentucky and grew up in southern Illinois. He lives in Edwardsville, IL with his four sons.
- B.S. Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville (math and psychology)
- M.S. Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville (mathematical statistics)
- M.A. Washington University (psychology)
- Ph.D. Washington University (psychology)
AREAS OF EXPERTISE
- Clinical Measurement & Reporting
- Patient Reported Outcomes
- Diabetes Care Delivery & Outcomes
- Health Insurance Claims Data
- Big Data Analytics
- Quality Improvement & Process Redesign
- Program Evaluation
- Strategic Planning
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ACTIVE RESEARCH INTERESTS
- Diabetes Drug and Device Evaluation
- Diabetes Patient Reported Outcomes
- Big Data Analytic Approaches
- Chronic Disease Policy
- ORES 5310: Outcomes Research II
- PHS 6060: Applied Research Skills
PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS and MEMBERSHIPS
- American Medical Informatics Association
- American Psychological Association
- Academy Health
- International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research