Deidre S. Gifford, MD, MPH, is Medical Director for Rhode Island’s Executive Office of Health and Human Services. An Obstetrician/Gynecologist, Dr. Gifford’s work has focused on measuring and improving healthcare quality, and approaches to delivery system reform. She served as the Project Director for Rhode Island’s multi-payer Medical Home demonstration, the Rhode Island Chronic Care Sustainability Initiative, from 2005 until 2011 and was Director of Healthcare Policy and Programs for Rhode Island’s Medicare Quality Improvement Organization until 2008. In addition to the Medical Home, Dr. Gifford’s work in Ambulatory Care has focused on information technology, and the intersection between IT and quality improvement. Dr. Gifford is a graduate of Cornell University Medical College and trained in Ob/Gyn at University Hospitals of Cleveland and the University of California, Los Angeles Medical Center. She holds a master’s degree in Public Health (Epidemiology) from the UCLA School of Public Health, and did post-graduate study in Health Service Research at UCLA prior to moving to Rhode Island.