October 16, 2009

Raiford elected to COI steering committee

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David Raiford, M.D.

Raiford elected to COI steering committee

David Raiford, M.D., associate vice chancellor for Health Affairs, senior associate dean for Faculty Affairs and chair of the Medical Center Conflicts of Interest Committee, has been elected to the steering committee of the Association of American Medical College's (AAMC) Forum on Conflict of Interest in Academe.

The Forum on Conflict of Interest (COI) is comprised of leaders from academic medical centers who have a special interest in the emerging issues in conflict of interest.

Its primary goal is to provide discussion and discovery to drive development of best practices in identifying and managing conflicts of interest in academic medical centers.

“I'm delighted David has been selected to this extremely important committee. His selection speaks volumes about the work he has done to formulate the Medical Center's conflict of interest policy, and makes a strong statement about Vanderbilt University's role in this issue nationally,” said Jeff Balser, M.D., Ph.D., vice chancellor for Health Affairs and dean of Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.

Raiford has been a member of the forum for several years.

He said his work with the steering committee will give Vanderbilt the opportunity to help guide the definition and examination of top COI issues as they emerge.

“It is an honor for Vanderbilt to be asked to lead in this area. Participation on the steering committee provides a wonderful opportunity to share ideas with national thought leaders regarding conflicts of interest.

“I look forward to the opportunity to lead, learn and serve in this role,” Raiford said.