Colin P. West, MD, PhD

General Internal Medicine Consultant Professor of Medicine, Medical Education, and Biostatistics Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota

Photograph of Colin P. West, MD, PhD.

This year, Colin P. West, MD, PhD, was honored with a Mayo Clinic Proceedings highly cited author award, which was developed to acknowledge articles for their meaningful contribution to the Journal's Impact Factor.

"As of February 2022, these highly cited manuscripts received enough citations to place them in the top 1% of the academic field of clinical medicine based on a highly cited threshold for the field and publication year, contributing to Mayo Clinic Proceedings' 2021 Impact Factor," said Karl A. Nath, MB, ChB, Editor-in-Chief of the journal.

Dr West and his coauthors were recognized for their article, “COVID-19 Testing: The Threat of False-Negative Results,” published in the June 2020 (Volume 95, Issue 6) issue of the journal.

“Practicing physicians and the entire health care workforce are facing a global crisis,” says Dr West, and “the challenge of COVID-19 must be met with our best science.” He adds: “As tests become more available, observing principles of evidence-based clinical reasoning concerning the meaning of diagnostic test results is essential. For negative test results in particular, failure to do so has direct implications for the safety of the public and health care workers and for the success of efforts to curb the pandemic.”

Originally from Seattle, Dr West received his doctoral degrees in medicine and biostatistics from the University of Iowa in 1999. He completed residency and chief residency in internal medicine at Mayo Clinic and joined the faculty in General Internal Medicine in 2004. Dr West is currently Professor of Medicine, Medical Education, and Biostatistics, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science.

He directs the evidence-based medicine curriculum for the Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine and is Assistant Dean for GME Scholarship (Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education). Dr West serves as director of the Mayo Clinic Program on Physician Well-Being and was recently named the first Medical Director of Employee Well-Being for Mayo.

Dr West is a quantitative health sciences researcher whose work focuses on medical education and physician well-being. He collaborates extensively with scientists and groups both outside and within Mayo to improve patient care by promoting physician well-being and reducing physician distress. Dr West’s studies of medical education inform national policy decisions influencing physician training, which then directly impacts the health care system and patient care. His research has been widely published in prominent top-tier journals, including Lancet, JAMA, Annals of Internal Medicine, JAMA Internal Medicine, and Mayo Clinic Proceedings.

He also has been named a Mayo Clinic Distinguished Educator and is Deputy Editor of Academic Medicine.

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