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Michael Gould, MD, MS

Michael Gould, MD, MS


Michael Gould, MD, MS, is a nationally recognized expert in lung cancer screening and pulmonary nodule evaluation. He is a senior scientist and director for Health Services Research and Implementation Science in the Department of Research and Evaluation (R&E) at Kaiser Permanente Southern California (KPSC), where he also leads the Care Improvement Research Team. The team is embedded in the clinical environment at KPSC and is working on the implementation of lung cancer screening. Before moving to R&E, Dr. Gould was a practicing pulmonologist for over 13 years, first at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System and then at the USC/Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center, where he cared for patients with lung cancer and respiratory complications of other cancers.

He is editor of the American College of Chest Physicians guidelines for evaluating pulmonary nodules and a member of the Multi-Society Lung Cancer Screening Guidelines Panel. Dr. Gould has used meta-analysis, decision analysis, cost-effectiveness analysis, and multivariate statistical analysis to study multiple domains of health care quality in patients with lung cancer and pulmonary nodules. He recently completed a NCI-funded study of computerized decision support for lung nodule evaluation, which showed that decision support resulted in only small improvements in diagnosis and management.