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Thomas E. Burroughs , Ph.D.

College for Public Health and Social Justice

Executive Director and Professor
Center for Health Outcomes Research

Our faculty, staff and students are uniquely poised to transform the health and well-being of the world around us.

- Thomas Burroughs, Ph.D.


  • Ph.D., psychology, Washington University in St. Louis
  • M.S., mathematical statistics, Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville
  • M.A., social psychology and health psychology, Washington University in St. Louis

Research Interests

Burroughs' 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.

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.

Publications and Media Placements

  1. Burroughs TE, Swindle JP, Salvalaggio PR, Lentine KL, Takemoto SK, Bunnapradist S, Brennan DC, Schnitzler MA. Increasing incidence of new-onset diabetes after transplant among pediatric renal transplant patients. Transplantation 2009 Aug 15. 88(3):367-73.11.

  2. Burroughs TE, Gallagher TH, Waterman A, Waterman BM, Jeffe DB, Dunagan WC, Garbutt J, Cohen MM, Fraser VJ. (2007). Patients’ concerns about medical errors during hospitalization. Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Safety. January 2007. 33(1)5-14.12.

  3. Hauptman PJ, Schnitzler MA, Swindle J, Burroughs TE. (2006). Use of nesiritide before and after publications suggesting drug-related risks in patients with acute decompensated heart failure. JAMA Oct 18;296(15):1877-84.


Honors and Awards

  • "40 under 40" Award - St. Louis Business Journal
  • Chancellor's Doctoral Fellowship, Washington University in St. Louis
  • National Quality Management Award - Healthcare Information Systems Society
  • Phi Kappa Phi honor society
  • Psi Chi National Honor Society in Psychology
  • Presidential Fellowship - Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville
  • University Graduate Fellowship - Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville

Professional Organizations and Associations

  • American Diabetes Association
  • American Medical Informatics Association
  • American Psychological Association
  • American Society of Transplantation
  • Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society
  • International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research

Community Work and Service

Burroughs' career spans the academic, corporate, and consulting worlds. His work has been dedicated to improving health outcomes through measurement systems, advanced analytics and translation of research into health care system policy. Prior to joining Saint Louis University School of Medicine, Burroughs was the corporate director of performance measurement for BJC Health System, one of the country's largest nonprofit health care 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 health care systems across the country and was the winner of the 1999 HIMSS National Quality Management Award. 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.

Burroughs has consulted with large corporations inside and outside of the health care 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 health care organizations through the Institute for Healthcare Improvement. Burroughs co-founded 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.