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Kenneth A. LaBresh

Senior Fellow, Health Care Policy

Kenneth LaBresh, MD, has more than 30 years of experience in the medical field, where he has a diverse clinical and leadership background in academic medicine, private practice, hospital staff leadership, quality improvement and health policy research. Before joining RTI in 2009, 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 and taught at Brown University. LaBresh is a frequent contributor to medical literature, including more than 100 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.


MD, University of Minnesota; SB, Electrical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Latest Publications

Kish-Doto, J., Moultrie, R., McCormack, L., Furberg, R.D., & LaBresh, K.A. (2014). Assessing patient–provider communication barriers to implementing new expert panel risk reduction guidelines. Journal of Communication in Healthcare, 7 (3):214-227.
West, S.L., Eggleston, B.S., Kluckman, M., Hansen, A., Solano, E., LaBresh, K., et al. (2014). Investigating Time-Varying Factors Associated with Lipid Lowering Medications for Primary CVD Prevention Using Multistate Markov Modeling, Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety, 23 (Suppl. 1):141-142.
LaBresh, K.A., Ariza, A.J., Lazorick, S., Furberg, R.D., Whetstone, L., Hobbs, C., de Jesus, J., Salinas, I.G., Bender, R.H., et al. (2014). Adoption of cardiovascular risk reduction guidelines: a cluster-randomized trial. Pediatrics, 134 (3):e732-e738.
Graber, M.L., Kissam, S., Payne, V.L., Meyer, A.N.D., Sorensen, A., Lenfestey, N., Tant, E., Henriksen, K., LaBresh, K., et al. (2012). Cognitive interventions to reduce diagnostic error: a narrative review. BMJ Quality & Safety, 21 (7):535-557.
Singh, H., Graber, M., Kissam, S.M., Sorensen, A.V., Lenfestey, N.F., Tant, E.M., Henriksen, K., & LaBresh, K.A. (2012). System-related interventions to reduce diagnostic errors: A narrative review. BMJ Quality & Safety, 21 (2):160-170.
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  • Development and Implementation of Evidence-based Clinical Practice Guidelines
  • Clinical Decision Support
  • Clinical Quality Measurement
  • Electronic Health Record Adoption and Use