Gordon H. DeFriese Distinguished Lecture on Health Services Research and Health Policy


“Turning Digital Fumes into a Breath of Fresh Air”


Wednesday, March 22, 2023
1:00 pm


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Julia Adler-Milstein, PhD
Professor of Medicine
School of Medicine
University of California San Francisco

Julia Adler-Milstein, PhD

North Carolina Botanical Garden
Reeves Auditorium

100 Old Mason Farm Road
Chapel Hill, NC 27517

Reception to Follow


The Sheps Center is excited to once again host the Gordon H. DeFriese Distinguished Lecture on Health Services Research and Health Policy, which has been a pinnacle event for the Center over the years.   This lecture is a wonderful opportunity to hear from leading health services researchers and connect with colleagues across campus.  

This free event is open to all faculty, staff, students, and the public.  Registration is not required to attend, but it would be very much appreciated.  

Please find more information in the drop-down sections below.  Contact Lindsay McCall, lmccall@email.unc.edu, with any questions.  


A virtual viewing option is available; advance registration is required. The hybrid lecture will take place in person in the Reeves Auditorium at the NC Botanical Garden AND via Zoom.  The presentation will also be recorded for those who cannot attend live.


We ask that you RSVP if you would like to attend, either virtually or in-person: https://go.unc.edu/DL2023registration

The North Carolina Botanical Garden is located at 100 Old Mason Farm Road, Chapel Hill, NC.  There is free parking available at the Garden. More information on directions, transportation, and accessibility can be found on their website

Dr. Julia Adler-Milstein is a Professor of Medicine and Director of the Center for Clinical Informatics and Improvement Research (CLIIR).  Dr. Adler-Milstein is a leading researcher in health IT policy, with a specific focus on electronic health records and interoperability. She has examined policies and organizational strategies that enable effective use of electronic health records and promote interoperability. She is also an expert in EHR audit log data and its application to studying clinician behavior. Her research – used by researchers, health systems, and policymakers – identifies obstacles to progress and ways to overcome them.

She has published over 125 influential papers, testified before the US Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, is a member of the National Academy of Medicine, been named one of the top 10 influential women in health IT, and won numerous awards, including the New Investigator Award from the American Medical Informatics Association and the Alice S. Hersh New Investigator Award from AcademyHealth. She has served on an array of influential committees and boards, including the NHS National Advisory Group on Health Information Technology, the Health Care Advisory Board for Politico, and the Interoperability Committee of the National Quality Forum.

Dr. Adler-Milstein holds a PhD in Health Policy from Harvard and spent six years on the faculty at University of Michigan prior to joining UCSF as a Professor in the Department of Medicine and the inaugural director of the Center for Clinical Informatics and Improvement Research.

The Gordon H. DeFriese Distinguished Lecture on Health Services and Policy Research was established by colleagues and friends of Gordon DeFriese to honor his leadership as Director of the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and his many research, teaching, and public service contributions to the people of North Carolina and the nation. The lecture was announced on the occasion of the 25th Anniversary celebration of the founding of the Sheps Center in 1993.


Gordon DeFriese has been a friend, colleague, and mentor to many individuals during his professional life. He assumed the directorship of the Sheps Center in 1973, just as the Center’s original five-year federal grant was about to end. At the time, the Center had two exceptional assets: a small, dedicated group of young faculty; and Gordon, who provided much of the vision, hard work, and know-how to ensure a future for the fledgling research program. As a measure of their success, when Dr. DeFriese stepped down as Director in October 2000, the Sheps Center was widely regarded as one of the premiere university-based health services research and training programs in the United States, a reputation that continues. In recognition of Dr. DeFriese’s contribution to the University, the UNC-CH Office of the Provost has awarded the Center funding to support the DeFriese lectureship as an annual event.

Initial funding was provided by the Office of the Provost, and contributions from supporters have sustained this event.  If you would like to contribute to the lectureship, please click here for more information.