Steven Asch MD, MPH is the Deputy Associate Chief of Staff for Health Services Research at the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System, a health policy analyst at RAND and an Associate Professor of Medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. His research applies quality measurement systems to ensure that patients get needed medical care, particularly in the areas of communicable disease and public health. Dr Asch has led several national projects developing broad-based quality measurement tools for veterans, Medicare beneficiaries, and the community. He also directs a multi-site center for quality improvement in HIV positive as part of the Quality Enhancement Research Initiative (QUERI). His educational efforts are focused on training physician fellows in health services research, and he serves as the director of the VA Los Angeles Health Services Research Fellowship and Associate Director of the UCLA RWJ Clinical Scholars Program. Dr. Asch is a practicing internist and palliative care physician and the author of more than 100 peer-reviewed articles.