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Dale W. Bratzler, D.O., M.P.H.

Professor and Associate Dean

Phone: (405) 271-8001,ext 46704
Office: The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
801 Northeast 13th Street, Room 135
Post Office Box 26901
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73126-0901
Email: Dale-bratzler@ouhsc.edu

Curriculum Vitae



  • Development and maintenance of national performance measures used to profile and publicly report metrics on quality of inpatient and outpatient health care.
  • Evidence-based management of hospitalized patients.
  • Prevention of surgical complications, and in particular evidence-based approaches to prevention of surgical site infections.
  • Use of administrative data to profile hospital outcomes of care (infection, mortality).
  • Use of information technology to improve the quality of health care.


  • Evaluation of the relationship between surgical processes of care and patient outcomes.
  • Evaluation of the relationship between pneumonia processes of care and patient outcomes.
  • Use of Medicare claims to profile hospital rate of surgical site infections.
  • Population-based surveillance for venous thromboembolic disease.
  • Development of national guidelines for prevention of surgical site infections.


  • M.P.H., University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, College of Public Health (Health Administration and Policy), 1996
  • Internal Medicine Residency, Oklahoma State University College of Medicine, 1981-1985
  • D.O., Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences, 1981
  • B.S., University of Central Missouri, 1977


  • Professor and Associate Dean, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, College of Public Health, June 2011 to present
  • Professor of Medicine, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, College of Medicine, January 2012 to present
  • Chief Quality Officer, OU Physicians Group, January 2012 to present
  • Member, Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2010 to 2013
  • Member, National Advisory Council, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, 2005-2008
  • President and CEO, and Medical Director, Oklahoma Foundation for Medical Quality, 2001 to 2011
  • President, American Health Quality Association, 2003-2005 and 2010-2011

    View Dr. Bratzler's current publications



  • Bratzler DW, Hunt DR. The Surgical Infection Prevention and Surgical Care Improvement Projects: national initiatives to improve outcomes for patients having surgery. Clin Infect Dis. 2006; 43:322-330.
  • Engelman R, Shahian D, Shemin R, Guy TS, Bratzler D, Edwards F, Jacobs M, Fernando H, Bridges C. The Society of Thoracic Surgeons practice guideline series: antibiotic prophylaxis in cardiac surgery, part II: antibiotic choice. Ann Thorac Surg. 2007; 83:1569-1576.
  • Bratzler DW. The Surgical Infection Project and Surgical Care Improvement Project: promises and pitfalls. Am Surg. 2006; 72:1010-1016.
  • Lindenauer PK, Remus D, Roman S, Rothberg MB, Benjamin EM, Ma A, Bratzler DW. Public reporting and pay for performance in hospital quality improvement. N Engl J Med. 2007; 356:486-496.
  • Bratzler DW, Nsa W, Houck PM. Performance measures for pneumonia: are they valuable, and are process measures adequate? Curr Opin Infect Dis. 2007; 20:182-189.
  • Wald HL, Ma A, Bratzler DW, Kramer AM. Indwelling urinary catheter use in the postoperative period. Analysis of the National Surgical Infection Prevention Project data. Arch Surg. 2008; 143:551-557.
  • Bratzler DW, Normand ST, Wang Y, O’Donnell WJ, Metersky M, Han LF, Rapp MT, Krumholz HM. An administrative claims model suitable for profiling hospital 30-day mortality rates for patients with pneumonia. PLoS ONE 2011. 6(4): e17401.
  • Benoit S, Nsa W, Richards CL, Bratzler DW, Shefer AM, Steele LM, Jernigan J. Factors associated antimicrobial use in nursing homes: a multilevel model. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2008; 56:2039-44.
  • Campbell DA Jr, Henderson WG, Englesbe MJ, O’Reilly M, Bratzler D, Dellinger EP, Neumeyer L, Bass BL, Hutter MM, Swartz J, Ko C, Itani K, Steinberg SM, Sipperstein A, Sawyer RG, Hall BL, Turner DJ, Khuri SF. Surgical Site Infection Prevention: The Importance of Operative Duration and Blood Transfusion—Results of the First American College of Surgeons–National Surgical Quality Improvement Program Best Practices Initiative. J Am Coll Surg. 2008; 207:810–820.
  • Bratzler DW, Ma A, Nsa W. Initial antibiotic selection and patient outcomes: observations from the National Pneumonia Project. Clin Infect Dis. 2008; 47 Suppl 3:S193-201.
  • Hausmann LRM, Ibrahim SA, Mehrotra A, Nsa W, Bratzler DW, Mor MK, Fine MJ. Racial and ethnic disparities in pneumonia treatment and mortality. Med Care. 2009; 47:1009-17.
  • Raskob GE, Silverstein R, Bratzler DW, Heit JA, White RH. Surveillance for deep-vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism: recommendations from a national workshop. Am J Prev Med. 2010: 38(4 Suppl):S502-9.
  • Bratzler DW. Development of national performance measures on the prevention and treatment of venous thromboembolism. J Thromb Thrombolysis. 2010; 29:148-54.
  • Curtis JP, Herrin J, Bratzler DW, Bradley EH, Krumholz HM. Trends in race-based differences in door-to-balloon times. Arch Intern Med. 2010; 170:992-3.
  • Lindenauer PM, Normand SL, Drye EE, Lin Z, Goodrich K, Desai M, Bratzler DW, O’Donnell W, Metersky ML, Krumholz HM. Development, validation, and results of a measure of 30-day readmission following hospitalization for pneumonia. J Hosp Med. 2011; 6:142-150.
  • Bratzler DW. The Oklahoma Health Information Technology Regional Extension Center. J Okla State Med Assn. 2010; 103:414-8.
  • Silber JH, Rosenbaum PR, Even-Shoshan O, Mi L, Kyle F, Teng Y, Jones R, Bratzler DW, Fleisher LA. Estimating anesthesia time using the Medicare claim: a validation study. Anesthesiology 2011; 115:322-33. (June 30 [Epub ahead of print].
  • Huang SS, Placzek H, Livingston J, Ma A, Onufrak F, Lankiewicz J, Kleinman K, Bratzler D, Olsen MA, Lyles R, Khan Y, Wright P, Yokoe DS, Fraser VJ, Weinstein RA, Stevenson K, Hooper D, Vostok J, Datta R, Nsa W, Platt R. Use of Medicare claims to rank hospitals by surgical site infection (SSI) risk following coronary artery bypass graft surgery. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2011; 32:775-83.
  • Silber JH, Rosenbaum PR, Kelz RR, Reinke CE, Neuman MD, Ross RN, Even-Shoshan O, David G, Saynisch PA, Kyle FA, Bratzler DW, Fleisher LA. Medical and financial risks associated with surgery in the elderly obese. Ann Surg. 2012 May 4 [Epub ahead of print].
  • Krumholz HM, Herrin J, Miller LE, Drye EE, Ling SM, Han LF, Rapp MT, Bradley EH, Nallamothu BK, Nsa W, Bratzler DW, Curtis JP. Improvements in door-to-balloon time in the United States: 2005-2010. Circulation. 2011; 124:1038-45.
  • Herrin J, Miller LE, Turkmani DF, Nsa W, Drye EE, Bernhein SM, Ling SM, Rapp MT, Han LF, Bratzler DW, Bradley EH, Nallamothu BK, Ting HH, Krumholz HM. Time to transfer to another facility for acute coronary intervention. Arch Intern Med. 2011; 171:1879-1886.
  • Calderwood MS, Ma A, Khan YM, Olsen MA, Bratzler DW, Yokoe DS, Hooper DC, Stevenson K, Fraser VJ, Platt R, Huang SS. Use of Medicare diagnosis and procedure codes to improve detection of surgical site infections following hip arthroplasty, knee arthroplasty, and vascular surgery. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2012; 33:40-49.
  • Metersky ML, Bratzler DW, Waterer G, Nsa W. Predictors of in-hospital and post-discharge mortality in pneumonia. Chest. 2012 Mar 1 [Epub ahead of print].