by Jasmine Batchelor
February 1, 2018
Vice President, Performance Measurement,
Dr. Mary Barton, MD oversees the development, use and maintenance of
techniques NCQA uses to evaluate health care quality. She ensures the scientific
integrity of NCQA measurement and research. She also leads NCQA in winning
and executing health care quality measurement contracts for federal and state
Prior to NCQA, Barton worked for the Agency for Healthcare Research and
Quality (AHRQ), where she was the scientific director of the U.S. Preventive
Services Task Force (USPSTF). She supported and provided oversight for the
methodological, evidence review and recommendation-making work of the USPSTF.
Before joining AHRQ, Barton was an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School, where she performed clinical epidemiology and health services research related to cancer screening and prevention in terms of access, test performance and outcomes.
Barton trained in primary care internal medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston and completed a general medicine research fellowship at Harvard. She has a clinical interest in and has presented widely about the performance of the clinical breast examination. She is a member of the American College of Physicians and the Society of General Internal Medicine.