As Dean of Tufts Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) and Principal Investigator of the Tufts Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA), Dr. Selker provides leadership for the programs and infrastructure that support clinical and translational research at Tufts CTSI’s partners and collaborators, including Tufts University Schools, teaching hospitals, other CTSI academic partners, and community-based and industry organizations. He is also the Executive Director of the Institute for Clinical Research and Health Policy Studies at Tufts Medical Center, and Director of its Center for Cardiovascular Health Services Research, in which he does his research.
Besides his roles at Tufts University and Tufts Medical Center, nationally, Dr. Selker has served in various leadership roles in the NIH National CTSA Consortium, has been President of the Society for Clinical and Translational Science, President of the Association for Clinical Research Training, as President of the Society of General Internal Medicine, and is currently Chairman of the Clinical Research Forum. He also served on boards and advisory bodies locally, nationally, and internationally.
Dr. Selker’s research has long focused on the development of treatment strategies, decision aids, methods, and systems aimed at improving medical care, especially emergency and cardiac care. He is particularly known for a series of studies of the factors influencing emergency cardiac care and for development of clinical predictive instruments as decision aids that provide emergency physicians and paramedics with predictions for their patients’ likely cardiac diagnoses and outcomes for real-time use in clinical care. Concurrently, he is involved in research to advance clinical study design, data analysis, mathematical predictive modeling of medical outcomes, and comparative effectiveness research. These efforts have been continuously funded by RO1 and U awards for 30 years.
Beyond research, Dr. Selker continues to mentor students, fellows, and junior and senior faculty at Tufts and beyond. In 1999, he also founded the nation’s first MS/PhD program in clinical research at a biomedical graduate school and academic medical center, the Clinical and Translational Science Graduate Program at the Tufts Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.