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Concept Originator

Dr. James Mold

James W. Mold, MD, MPH
George Lynn Cross Emeritus Research Professor
Department of Family and Preventative Medicine
University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
Now living in Chapel Hill, NC

Dr. Mold received his Bachelor of Science Degree with Honors from the University of Michigan and his Medical Degree from Duke University School of Medicine. He then completed a residency in Family Medicine at the University of Rochester/Highland Hospital in Rochester, New York.  Following residency, Dr. Mold practiced medicine for 6 months in Ghana, West Africa and 6 years in a small town in N.C. before joining the faculty at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in 1984.  In 1987, he completed a part-time fellowship in Geriatric Medicine at the University of North Carolina, and in 1999, he received a Master of Public Health degree in Biostatistics at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.


Since 1994 Dr. Mold has been involved in practice-based research within a statewide primary care network that he organized called OKPRN.  His research has been funded by many different organizations including the NIH, AHRQ, and RWJF and has resulted in more than 150 peer-reviewed journal articles and a number of book chapters and monographs.  For the last 6 years he has spearheaded national efforts to establish an extension system to support ongoing improvements in primary health care.

In 2008 Dr. Mold was elected to the National Academy of Medicine (NAM), an organization that assists government agencies and the private sector in making decisions to improve health. Individuals who are elected to the NAM are recognized as having demonstrated exceptional professional achievement and commitment to service. His research interests include patient-centered (goal-directed) care and the translation of research into practice and practice into research. Dr. Mold is now retired and lives in Chapel Hill, N.C., but he continues to be involved, as a consultant, in the development of the primary healthcare extension system in Oklahoma. 

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