Clifford C. Dacso, M.D., M.P.H., M.B.A.
Internship, St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital, Houston, TX
While still in his influenza fellowship at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, Dr. Dacso joined the faculty there in 1978 as an Instructor of Internal Medicine. He received dual appointments there two years later as a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine, and as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology. Dr. Dacso later moved to the University of South Alabama where he rose through the academic ranks and eventually became the Chief of both the General Internal Medicine Division and the Infectious Diseases Division, as well as the Vice Chairman of the Department of Medicine.
In 1988, Dr. Dacso joined the University of California at San Diego where he served as the Chief of General Medicine and Geriatrics at the VA Medical Center, the Chief Medical Officer for the VA Outpatient Clinic, the Director of the UCSD Internal Medicine Group, and held the appointment of Professor of Medicine.
Dr. Dacso rejoined Baylor in 1992 as the Vice Chair for Clinical Affairs in the Department of Medicine, and the Chief of both General Internal Medicine and International Medicine. He became the Vice Chairman for Strategic Development there in 2000, and assumed his current positions at Methodist and the University of Houston in 2005.
Dr. Dacso's research focuses on the development of novel delivery systems for healthcare in communities, especially medically underserved areas in the U.S. and the developing world. His basic research investigates the cultural and theoretical bases of health care decision making. His applied research program develops non-invasive devices for remote chronic disease monitoring and prediction. Dr. Dacso has developed a device that enables patients with congestive heart failure to accurately track their cardiac output at home. He has developed similar devices to measure blood glucose levels for diabetes, promote self-management in pediatric asthma, promote healthy aging in place, and evaluate exercise thresholds in real-time.
Healthcare delivery systems, medically underserved communities, global health, non-invasive monitoring, physiological measurements, decision making in health care, technology-enabled aging in place
Reichlin L, Mani N, McArthur K, Harris MA, Rajan NO, Dacso CC. Assessing the Acceptability and Usability of an Interactive Serious Game in Aiding Treatment Decisions for Patients with Localized Prostate Cancer. Journal of Medical Internet Research. (in press)
Ben Haim Y, Schwartz B, Dacso C. What Makes a Good Decision? Robust Satisficing as a Normative Standard of Rational Decision Making. J Theor Soc Behav. (in press)
Pollonini L, Rajan NO, Xu S, Madala S, Dacso CC. A Novel Handheld Device for Use in Remote Patient Monitoring of Heart Failure Patients-Design and Preliminary Validation on Healthy Subjects. J Med Syst. 2010; Jun 8
Dacso CC. "Vector-borne Diseases" in, Chandra A, Dacso MM. Pocket Guide to Global Health, New York: Tarascon, 2010
Ben-Haim Y, Zacksenhouse M, Keren C, Dacso CC. Do we know how to set decision thresholds for diabetes? Med Hypotheses. 2009;73:189-93
Ben-Haim Y, Dacso, CC. Heterogeneous Uncertainties in Cholesterol Management. Int J Approximate Reasoning. 2009;50:1046-1065
Harris AM, McArthur K, Huang C, Harcrow M, Dacso CC. The Houston Community Health Worker Survey: Unanticipated Effects of Certification. Proceedings of the Third International Community-University Partnerships Scientific Meeting. May 2008:103-107
Ben-Haim Y, Dacso CC. Info-Gap Decision Theory and Its Potential Applications in the Clinic. Personalized Medicine. 2010;7:1-3
McArthur K, Dacso CC. Submaximal Decision Making and Effective Health Resource exploitation: The Example of Congestive Heart Failure. Ca J Health Promotion. 2007;5:41-47