Rita F. Redberg, MD, MSc

Professor and Director, Women's Cardiovascular Services

Rita F. Redberg has been a cardiologist and Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco since 1990. She is currently the Chief Editor of JAMA Internal Medicine (formerly Archives of Internal Medicine) and has spearheaded the journal’s new focus on health care reform and “less is more”, highlighting areas of health care with no known benefit and definite risks. Dr. Redberg’s research interests are in the area of health policy and technology assessment; her work includes comparative effectiveness research and focuses on how evidence relates to FDA approval, insurance coverage and medical guidelines and practice.

Dr. Redberg is a member of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission that advises Congress on Medicare payment policy. She has chaired the Medicare Evidence, Development and Coverage Advisory Commission since 2012 and also served as a member from 2003 to 2006. Dr. Redberg was recently appointed to the Clinical Advisory Panel for the California CABG Outcomes Reporting Program where she joins several other IHPS faculty. She currently is a member of the California Technology Assessment Forum, the Medical Policy Technology and Advisory Committee, and the Food and Drug Administration Cardiovascular Devices Expert Panel and is a consultant to the Center for Medical Technology Policy. She and Sanket Dhruva recently completed an extensive review of the FDA Cardiovascular Device pre-market approval (PMA) process including issues related to gender bias and has ongoing work looking at post market surveillance of medical devices, including collaborations with the Pew Charitable Trusts and the FDA.  In addition, Dr. Redberg is a member of the American College of Cardiology’s (ACC) Clinical Quality Committee, serves on the ACC Quality in Technology Work Group, is a member of the ACC Comparative Effectiveness Work Group, represents the ACC on the Institute of Clinical and Economic Review Advisory Board, and serves on other ACC Committees, including several on appropriate use of cardiac imaging and radiation safety.  She is a member of the Institute of Medicine’s Learning Health Care Committee, and she has chaired the AHA/ACC Writing Group on Primary Prevention Performance Measures.  Dr. Redberg graduated from Cornell University and the University of Pennsylvania Medical School and has a Masters of Science in Health Policy and Administration from the London School of Economics.