Paul J. Wallace, M.D.

Chief Medical Officer and Senior Vice President for Clinical Translation, Optum Labs

Paul J. Wallace, M.D., is chief medical officer and senior vice president for clinical translation at Optum Labs, which was launched in early 2013 with Mayo Clinic as a founding partner. Based in Cambridge, Mass., Optum Labs is designed to develop and sustain a community of research and learning partners spanning multiple health sectors who will have access to unprecedented data resources to work collaboratively on some of the most critical problems in health care today.

Previously, Dr. Wallace was a senior vice president and director of the Center for Comparative Effectiveness Research at the Washington, D.C.-based Lewin Group, where he and his colleagues led policy and business development to manage, promote and support the use of comparative effectiveness research to inform decisions that help achieve the most effective patient outcomes, health care policies and deployment of health care resources.

A medical director and clinician with Kaiser Permanente from 1989 to 2011, Dr. Wallace was the executive director of Kaiser Permanente's Care Management Institute from 2000 to 2005 and led and contributed to several Kaiser Permanente national initiatives in evidence-based medicine, population health and use of health information technology.

Board-certified in internal medicine and hematology, he previously taught clinical and basic sciences and investigated bone marrow function as a faculty member at Oregon Health & Science University.

Dr. Wallace is a graduate of the University of Iowa School of Medicine and completed further training in internal medicine and hematology at Strong Memorial Hospital and the University of Rochester.