Richard Platt, MD

Richard Platt, MD, MSc, FIDSA, FSHEA, is professor and chair of the Harvard Medical School Department of Population Medicine at the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute. A fellow of SHEA and IDSA, Dr. Platt has extensive experience in developing systems for using electronic health information to support healthcare associated infection practice and research, public health surveillance, medical product safety assessments, comparative effectiveness and outcomes research, and quality improvement programs. Dr. Platt leads a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Prevention Epicenter, a collaborative research program of research in infection control and prevention.

Dr. Platt is principal investigator of the Food and Drug Administration’s Sentinel System, which performs post-marketing safety surveillance using electronic health data from more than 175 million people. In addition, he serves as principal investigator of the coordinating center of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute’s National Patient-Centered Clinical Research Network, a consortium of 34 networks that will use electronic health data to conduct comparative effectiveness research.

Dr. Platt co-leads the coordinating center of the Health Care System Research Collaboratory at the National Institutes of Health. He co-chairs the Clinical Effectiveness Research Innovation Collaborative of the Institute of Medicine Roundtable on Value and Science-Driven Health Care. He is also a member of the Association of American Medical Colleges Advisory Panel on Research. Dr. Platt received an MD from Harvard Medical School and a MSc degree in epidemiology degree from the Harvard School of Public Health.

If you are attending IDWeek 2015, Dr. Platt is the SHEA Lectureship  awardee speaking on Friday, October 9, 2015: 3:45 PM-4:15 PM in Room: 20—ABCD at the San Diego Convention Center.