Research Expertise & Professional Interests
Dr. Gifford is a physician, and Professor of Health Policy and Management, in the Boston University School of Public Health and of Medicine in the School of Medicine. He is Co-Director of the HIV/Hepatitis QUERI (Quality Enhancement research Initiative) a national program funded by the Department of Veteran Affairs to support Implementation Science and Quality Improvement research for HIV and Hepatitis. He also serves as Associate Director of the Bedford/Boston VA Center for Healthcare Organization and Implementation Research (CHOIR).
Dr. Gifford’s research focuses on quality of healthcare for HIV and for Hepatitis, with special emphases on implementation of quality improvement measures, patient-centered care, and patient self-management. He has been a recipient of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Generalist Physician Faculty Scholar Award for his research on medication adherence support programs, and a VA Advanced Research Career Development Award for implementation research. He has been Principal Investigator of many research studies, including NIH R01, VA HSR&D Merit, QUERI, and private foundation grants. He is currently leading a 4-site randomized controlled trial of a clinic-based tablet computer intervention to improve the quality of care for HIV medication adherence.
He is an attending physician, practicing HIV and Hepatitis care at the Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial VA Hospital in Bedford, and the VA Boston Healthcare System.