Dr. Strassels received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Arizona and his PhD in health outcomes research and policy from the University of Washington, where he was also a pharmacoeconomics research fellow. He completed an acute pain outcomes fellowship at Tufts Medical Center, where he later served as an adjunct instructor in the Department of Anesthesiology. Dr. Strassels has held positions in pharmacy practice, hospice, education, research and medicine at National Jewish Health, Tufts Medical Center, University of Texas at Austin, Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals and Optum Hospice Pharmacy Services.
In his role as scientific director of the Center for Surgical Health Assessment, Research and Policy (SHARP), Dr. Strassels will help design, supervise and organize research in the field of surgical health services research, pharmacoepidemiology, pain management and palliative care. He will also oversee SHARP’s initiatives, contribute to research projects and train students and residents.