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Wes MillerDr. Wesley J. Miller (former Chair of the Department of Medicine) was one of five alumni honored for their contributions to the medical profession at the Medical School Alumni Awards Banquet

With spirited intelligence and a relentless pursuit of excellence, Miller has been an innovative leader in medical education at the University for four decades. A member of the residency class of 1977, Miller has shared his joy of learning and expertise in evidence-based medicine with students and peers alike. He has received 12 distinguished teaching awards and has humbly made time to partake in daily educational opportunities, even during the seven years he served the Medical School as Department of Medicine chair. Miller’s colleagues know him as a skillful, compassionate, hands-on teacher.

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Dr. Erin Krebs $12.5 Award

Dr. Erin E. Krebs has received the University of Minnesota's first PCORI award.

Erin Krebs, MD, MPH has been approved for a $12.5 million funding award by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) for her study "Comparative effectiveness of patient-centered strategies to improve pain management and opioid safety for Veterans." Here is a link to the full news release.

The PCORI Board approved a $12.5 million award for a research team based at the University of Minnesota and Minneapolis VA to conduct a randomized controlled trial focusing on veterans with chronic pain. The project will enroll 1400 participants at 9 VA sites (Dallas, TX, Denver, CO, Durham, NC, Indianapolis IN, Little Rock, AR, Minneapolis, MN, Portland, OR, San Francisco, CA, and West Haven, CT) to compare two approaches to pain management that differ in resource intensity.

In one approach, a pharmacist and supervising physician will collaborate to determine the best medication plan for each patient and provide care through telemedicine. In the other, veterans will receive care that encourages integrative pain management options, such as exercise, in addition to medication from an integrated team that includes a physician, psychologist, and physical therapist. The trial will also examine the effectiveness of approaches for tapering opioid medications, including the use of buprenorphine among those taking high doses of opioids.

"This project was selected for PCORI funding not only for its scientific merit and commitment to engaging patients and other stakeholders, but also for its potential to fill an important gap in our health knowledge and give people information to help them weigh the effectiveness of their care options," said PCORI Executive Director Joe Selby, MD, MPH. "We look forward to following the study's progress and working with University of Minnesota to share the results."

Dr. Erin Krebs' study was selected for PCORI funding through a highly competitive review process in which patients, clinicians, and other stakeholders joined clinical scientists to evaluate the proposals. Applications were assessed for scientific merit, how well they will engage patients and other stakeholders, and their methodological rigor among other criteria.

Dr. Erin Krebs' award has been approved pending completion of a business and programmatic review by PCORI staff and issuance of a formal award contract.

PCORI is an independent, nonprofit organization authorized by Congress in 2010. Its mission is to fund research that will provide patients, their caregivers, and clinicians with the evidence-based information needed to make better-informed healthcare decisions. For more information about PCORI's funding, visit


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Dr. William Robiner receives 2016 President's Award for Outstanding Service

Dear colleagues, please join me in congratulating Dr. William Robiner for receiving the 2016 President's Outstanding Service Award.