February 3, 2011

RTI International Names Kenneth LaBresh Senior Fellow

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RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C.—Kenneth LaBresh, a senior research health policy analyst at RTI International has been appointed a Senior Fellow by President Victoria Haynes.

With more than 30 years of experience in the medical field, LaBresh has developed a diverse clinical and leadership background in academic medicine, private practice, hospital staff leadership, quality improvement and health policy research.

Since joining RTI in 2009, LaBresh has focused his work in the area of health care quality improvement. He has developed guidelines and measures and has analyzed large databases to evaluate health care delivery and adoption of health information technology to improve care.

Prior to joining RTI, LaBresh spent six years with Masspro as their senior vice president and chief medical officer. Before Masspro, he was founder, president and CEO of Blackstone Cardiology Associates and medical director of Blackstone Lipid Center and Heart Failure Center.

From 1979 to 1986, LaBresh was chief of cardiology at the Providence Veterans Administration Medical Center, where he built a comprehensive cardiology unit and fellowship training program.

In addition, from 1979 until 2006, LaBresh taught at Brown University, where he ultimately retired as a clinical associate professor of medicine. While there, he twice received the Distinguished Teacher Award.

LaBresh led the development and pilot testing of the American Heart Association's Get With The Guidelines program in coronary artery disease and stroke care for hospitalized patients, starting in 1999. He led the growth of the program to a large-scale, transformative quality improvement program that has enrolled 2.9 million patients in more than 2,400 hospitals across the United States.

In the area of health policy, LaBresh has served on the Medicaid Health Policy Institute Disparities Roundtable to develop recommendations to MassHealth for implementing a hospital pay-for-performance program to reduce racial and ethnic disparities. He was a governor's appointee to the Massachusetts Health Care Quality and Cost Council, established as part of health care reform legislation; chair of the Chronic Disease and Prevention Committee; and a member of multiple committees and task forces in state government focused on measurement, chronic disease management and payment reform.

LaBresh is a frequent contributor to medical literature, including more than 40 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters, and presenter at national healthcare conferences.

He is a fellow of both the American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association. He has received numerous honors and awards including the Distinguished Leadership Award from the American Heart Association and the National Philanthropy Award.

LaBresh holds a medical doctorate degree from the University of Minnesota and undergraduate degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

The RTI Fellow Program was established in August 2001 to provide professional opportunities for exceptionally talented staff committed to science, technology, research and policy analysis in support of RTI's mission to improve the human condition. The program has three levels: Fellow, Senior Fellow and Distinguished Fellow.