Karl Lorenz, MD, MSHS

Department of Medicine, Section of Palliative Care, Stanford University School of Medicine and VA Palo Alto Healthcare System, Stanford, California, USA

Dr. Karl Lorenz, MD, MSHS is a general internal medicine and palliative care physician, and Section chief of the VA Palo Alto-Stanford Palliative Care Program. He is a Professor at the Stanford University School of Medicine. Formerly at the VA Greater Los Angeles and UCLA, Dr. Lorenz directs palliative care research at the VA Center for Innovation to Implementation and serves as a member of the VA’s national Hospice and Palliative Care Program (HPC) leadership team and as Director of the operational palliative care Quality Improvement Resource Center (QuIRC). Dr. Lorenz’s work has been influential to the field of palliative care as well as pain and symptom research. Under Dr. Lorenz’s leadership, since 2009 the Quality Improvement Resource Center (QuIRC) has served as one of three national leadership Centers responsible for strategic and operational support of the VA’s national hospice and palliative care programs. QuIRC develops and implements provider facing electronic tools for the VA’s national electronic medical record to improve the quality of palliative care, and conducts analyses to identify gaps, opportunities, and strategies for quality improvement. Dr. Lorenz conducts palliative care and pain management research with an emphasis on measurement including quality of care. He has developed novel tools and measures for pain and symptom assessment. He has served on numerous panels advising federal agencies and others on issues related to pain management, opioid abuse, analgesic drug applications, and methodology for pain and opioid-related clinical trials. He has conducted literature synthesis and characterized evidence-based practices in palliative care, and has been a developer of palliative and end of life quality measures and methods and approaches for their application.

Terms of Appointment: Oct 2019 - Sep 2021