Naomi M. Kanof Lecturer
Mary Margaret “Meg” Chren, MD
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Title: The Use of Patient Reports to Improve Healthcare
Dr. Chren is Professor of Dermatology and department Chair at Vanderbilt University Medical Enter in Nashville, Tennessee. She graduated from Smith College, received her MD from Yale, and trained in Internal Medicine at Stanford and in Dermatology and clinical epidemiology at University Hospitals of Cleveland. Her research focuses on understanding, measuring, and improving comprehensive health outcomes of patients with chronic diseases. She has previously developed and validated a skin-related quality-of-life tool, Skindex, which is widely used as a dermatologic outcomes measure. Dr. Chren’s current studies compare the effectiveness of different therapies for common skin conditions. She has trained and mentored over 20 junior researchers in patientbased research, and is the author of over 100 peer-reviewed papers. Dr. Chren’s work has been funded by grants from the National Institute of Arthritis, Musculoskeletal, and Skin Diseases, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and the Dermatology Foundation.
About the Lectureship:
Established in 1988, this award was established to honor the memory of Naomi Kanof, MD. The Naomi M. Kanof Lectureship honors an individual making significant contributions to the improvement of health through clinical research. Clinical research is broadly defined as any scientific endeavor with a direct application to improving the prevention, diagnosis, or treatment of clinical disease. This investigative work can be based in the laboratory and should be implemented or just ready to be implemented in clinical practice.