Scott R. Smith, Ph.D. is Director of the Division of Health Care Quality and Outcomes in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) at HHS. His division conducts research on how health policies influence health care quality and outcomes in State and Federal programs. In addition, the division is responsible for managing the Office of the Secretary’s Patient-Centered Outcomes Research (PCOR) data infrastructure portfolio across HHS. His interests are studying quality metrics in Medicare and Medicaid, building national data capacity for conducting patient centered outcomes research, strengthening research programs, and facilitating support for a learning health care system. Before joining ASPE, Smith directed research programs on comparative effectiveness and pharmaceutical outcomes at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and was a member of the tenured faculty at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.