Center Faculty: Clifford C. Dacso, MD, MPH, MBA Print E-mail
Clifford C. Dacso, MD, MPH, MBA
John S. Dunn, Sr., Research Chair in General Internal Medicine, The Methodist Hospital
Distinguished Research Professor, College of Technology, University of Houston
Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology and Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine
Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen University Professor, University of Houston
Executive Director, Abramson Center For The Future of Health
Co-Editor-in-Chief, IEEE Journal of Translational Engineering in Health and Medicine 
Adj. Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Rice University
Senior Member, IEEE EMBS 

6565 Fannin St., MJG 3017
Houston, TX 77030 U.S.A.
1-713-441-3932 (tel.)
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Current Research Interests:

Translational community medicine; Technology for point-of-care healthcare decision making; Global health; Biosensors for chronic disease management; Role of uncertainty in medicine.

Education and Training:

BA: 1972, University of Pennsylvania, History and Philosophy of Science
MA: 1972, University of Pennsylvania, Philosophy of Science
MD: 1975, Baylor College of Medicine
Internship/Residency: 1975-1978, Baylor College of Medicine, Internal Medicine
Chief Residency: 1978, Baylor College of Medicine Affiliated Hospitals, Internal Medicine
Fellowship: 1978-1980, Baylor College of Medicine, Infectious Diseases and Clinical Virology
MPH: 1980, University of Texas School of Public Health
MBA: 1990, Pepperdine University

Selected Honors:
2012 Chair, IEEE Healthcare Innovation Conference
NSF Cyberphysical Systems Workshop planning committee 
2011 NSF Broader Impacts Summit 
Faculty Mentor, "Team Dragon," 3rd Place, Mobile Games, 2011 Microsoft Imagine Cup Competition 

Texas Emerging Technology Fund (seed funding, Blue Box Health, Inc, $1 M)
Gorardia Innovation Prize Finalist, Houston Technology Center 

2009 Faculty Sponsor, "Blue Scale," Finalist: American Society of Mechanical Engineers Annual Innovation Competition
2007 National Academies-Keck Futures Initiative

Silver Medal, Texas Film Festival, Documentary, Writer & Producer: "Now That You Have Cancer"

Silver Medal, WorldFest International Film Festival, Documentary, Writer & Producer: "Now That You Have Cancer"
Fulbright & Jaworski Award for Teaching Excellence, Baylor College of Medicine


Eisenhower Exchange Fellow in Health Policy, Budapest and Prague

1995-96 & 1997-98

Outstanding Visiting Professor, Houston VA MedicalCenter


National Science Foundation, Antarctica Service Medal


Antarctica Service Medal, US Navy

1991, 1992

Senior Resident Teaching Award, UC San Diego

1989, 1991 1992

Chief Resident Teaching Award, UC San Diego

Chief Resident Teaching Award, UC San Diego


Student Teaching Award, University of South Alabama


Lange Award for Academic Excellence


Dacso, Rajan. "Non-Invasive Monitoring of Physiological Measurements in a Distributed Health Care Environment" U.S. Patent #: 12/108,177

Continuation in part, reg # 12484192

Pollonini, Dacso. "Near Infrared Spectroscopy Application for Assessing Muscle Performance in Real Time." (preliminary 2011, patent 2012)

Funded Research:

"Cancer Education Grant"
National Cancer Institute 5% effort


"Women's Health Initiative"
Co-investigator, NIH


“Program on Domestic Violence”


“First Annual Teleconference on Women’s Health”


“Second Annual Teleconference on Women’s Health”


“Project On Decisioning”
Private philanthropy


“Power over Sickness Project”
Baylor College of Medicine


“Now That You Have Cancer” Project
Private philanthropy


NIH Planning Grants for Institutional Clinical and Translational Science Awards (JM Musser, MD, PHD PI) (Dacso Co-PI)


NSF Collaborative Research: CRI/IAD: Information Communication and Processing at Scale for Under-Resourced Urban Communities. Edward Knightly, PhD, and Dacso, PI $1.5 m total cost.


National Space Biomedical Research Institute: "Early Detection and 2009-2011 Prediction: A Cross Disciplinary Conference."  2009-2011
National Science Foundation: "MRI: Development of mobileWARP: A Platform for Next Generation Wireless Networks and Mobile Applications." Joint with Rice University. Dacso Co-PI 2009-2012
Gillson Longenbaugh Foundation: "Correlation of Volatile Organic Compounds in Exhaled Breath Versus Serum Insulin and Glucose Levels in Participants With and Without Non-Insulin-Dependent Type 2 Diabetes"
Phase II 



Scurlock Foundation: "Detection of Breast Cancer in Under-resourced Environments"


NIH Exploratory/Developmental Bioengineering Research Grants (R21): "Development of New Imaging Tools for the Early Detection of Buruli Ulcer Disease" Dacso, Co-Investigator 2010-2013
NIH Loan Repayment Program (PI: Queen): "Designing Intervention Trials for the Early Detection of Disease: The Role of Technology and Social Networks in Geographically and Socially Excluded Communities" Dacso, Sponsor 2011-2013
National Science Foundation: "NeTS:Small:Toward Wireless Co-existence For Safety-critical Applications" Dacso Co-PI (R. Zheng, PI) 2011-2014
Department of Defense, Congressionally Directed Medical Research: "A Translational Approach to Validate In-Vivo Anti-Tumor Effects of Chloroquine on Breast Cancer Risk"  2012-2014

2013 Publications

Elias P, Rajan NO, McArthur K, Dacso CC. InSpire to Play (Promote Lung Assessment in Youth): Evolving the Self-Management Paradigms of Young People with Asthma. Journal of Medical Internet Research. (In press, 2013.) In Press Manuscript

Hall AK, Dodd V, Harris, AM, McArthur K, Colton L. Technology and Heart Failure: Patients’ Perceptions and Use of Technology to Manage Their Disease. Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare. In Revision 2013. In Revision Manuscript.

Dacso CC. ePatients and Digital Decision Making, Digital Health Communication Extravaganza (DHCX), University of Florida, Orlando, FL, February 2013. DHCX Presentation.

Hall AK, Dodd V, Bernhardt JM, Harris, AM, McArthur K, Dacso C, Colton L. Heart Failure Patients' Perceptions and Use of Technology to Manage Heart Failure Symptoms. 13th Annual American Academy of Health Behavior Meeting, Santa Fe, New Mexico, March 17-20, 2013. AAHB Poster.

Dacso C. Point of care medical technologies must blaze new trails. IEEE Life Sciences Newsletter January 2013. Paper.

2012 Publications
Pollonini L, Re R, Howell P, Prasad K, Simpson R, Dacso C. "Relationship between systemic and local physiological response to graded exercise assessed with near-infrared spectroscopy", Med. Sci. Sports Exerc. 2012, Vol. 44:5 44(5S):959-1065, May 2012. doi: 10.1249/01.mss.0000417530.22755.3b. Abstract.

Pollonini L, Padhye NS, Re R, Simpson RJ, Dacso C. "Integrated device for the measurement of systemic and local oxygen transport during physical exercise," 34th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBC'12) San Diego, August 2012. Conf Proc IEEE Eng Med Biol Soc. 2012;2012:3760-3. doi: 10.1109/EMBC.2012.6346785.  PDF.

Ben-Haim Y, Dacso CC, Zetola NM. Info-gap management of public health Policy for TB with HIV-prevalence and epidemiological uncertainty. BMC Public Health. 2012 Dec 19;12:1091. doi: 10.1186/1471-2458-12-1091. PDF.

Sexton K, Bondy M, Spitz M, Conneely O, McArthur K, Harris AM, Queen C, Mayfield P, Becnel L, Dacso C. Designing a translational epidemiologic study: Chloroquine and breast cancer chemoprevention in Returned Peace Corps Volunteers. 140th APHA Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA. October 2012. Poster

2011 Publications
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. 2011 Jan 12;13(1):e4.

Dacso CC, Knightly E, Dacso MM. Technology-enabled Chronic Disease Management in Under-resourced Environments. ACWR 2011: International Conference on Technologies for Humanitarian Relief. (Peer-reviewed paper. Published proceedings) Kerala, India. December 2011. Paper. Doi: 10.1145/2185216.2185313.

Dacso CC, Elias P, Burkel V, Lee JW, Sandmann C, Sabharwal A, Warren J. "Azmo the Dragon: Mobile-Phone-Based Technology that Enables Youth with Asthma to Take Charge of their Health," 2nd Annual AMA-IEEE Medical Technology Conference. Boston MA. October, 2011.  Poster.

Pollonini L, Dacso CC. "Wearable Sensing Device for Home Monitoring of Cardiac Rehabilitation.," 2nd Annual AMA-IEEE Medical Technology Conference. Boston MA. October, 2011.  Poster.

Elias P, Rajan NO, Wickham H, Dacso CC. "A User-Driven Web Application to Explore Treatment Options for Lower Back Pain," Fourth World Congress on Social Media and Web 2.0 in Health, Medicine and Biomedical Science. Stanford University. September, 2011. Poster.

Elias P, Rajan NO, McArthur K, Farber H, Dacso CC. "InSpire to Play (Promote Lung Assessment in Youth): Evolving the Self-Management Paradigms of Young People with Asthma.," Fourth World Congress on Social Media and Web 2.0 in Health, Medicine and Biomedical Science. Stanford University. September, 2011.

2010 Publications
Dacso, CC. "Vector-borne Diseases" in, Chandra A, Dacso MM, Tarascon Global Health Pocketbook, New York: Tarascon, 2010.

Ben-Haim Y, Dacso CC. Info-gap Decision Theory and its Potential Applications in the Clinic. Personalized Medicine. 2010;7:1–3. Paper.

Pollonini L, Rajan N, Xu S, Madala S, Dacso C. 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; (epub). Paper.

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. 2011;41(2): 209–227. Published online 3 Nov 2010. doi: 10.1111/j.1468-5914.2010.00450.x. Paper.

Reichlin L, Mani N, Harris A, Rajan N, McArthur K, Dacso C. Effectiveness of an Interactive Serious Game in Aiding Treatment Decisions for Men with Localized Prostate Cancer. Poster presentation. 2010 Innovations in Cancer Prevention and Research Conference, Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas, November 17-19, 2010, Austin, TX. Proceedings, p. 96. PDF

Elias P, Rajan NO, McArthur K, Farber HJ, Dacso CC. The InSpire System: Developing a Novel Application Suite for Improvements in Self-Management Behaviors of Youth with Asthma. Texas Games & Virtual Environments Symposium 2010. Published Proceedings. May 2010. Abstract.

Elias P, Rajan NO, McArthur K, Farber HJ, Dacso CC. InSpire to PLAY (promote lung assessment in youth): Evolving the Self-Management and Adherence Paradigms of Young People with Asthma. 138th American Public Health Association Annual Meeting. Denver, CO. November 2010. PDF

Rajan NO, Pollonini L, Xu S, Harris AM, Reichlin L, McArthur K, Dacso CC ,  “Novel In-Home Monitoring Device for Patients Suffering from Congestive Heart Failure 138th American Public Health Association Annual Meeting. Denver, CO. November 2010. Paper 

Harris AM, Reichlin L, McFarlane J, McArthur K, Nava A, Dacso CC ,  Parent Teacher Organizations as Partners to Reduce Obesity and Prevent Diabetes in an Hispanic Community.  138th American Public Health Association Annual Meeting. Denver, CO. November 2010. Poster

2009 Publications
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.
doi: 10.1016/j.mehy.2008.12.053. Epub 2009 Apr 5. PMID: 19349125. Paper.

Ben-Haim Y, Dacso, CC. Heterogeneous Uncertainties in Cholesterol Management. Int. J. Approximate Reasoning. 2009;50:1046-1065. Paper.

Harris AM, Reichlin L, Nava A, McArthur K, Dacso CC, McFarlane J. Applying CBPR principles to empower Hispanics to take an active role in obesity-related issues. Texas Obesity Research Center Conference, Houston, TX, May 2009.

Queen CM, Harris AM, Rajan NO, McArthur K, Dacso, CC. Using community and technology to improve access to care for heart failure patients in an underserved urban neighborhood in Houston, Texas. 137th American Public Health Association Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA, November 2009.

2008 Publications
Dacso CC, Rajan NO, Harris AM, McArthur K. Development of a Serious Video Game to Reduce Uncertainty in the Treatment Choices of Men with Localized Prostate Cancer. American Public Health Association. 136th Annual Meeting. San Diego, CA. October 2008.

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 2008;3:103-107. Paper

2007 Publications
Dacso CC, Harris AM, McArthur K, Carrasco J, Rajan N. Improving Chronic Disease Outcomes by Technology and Community-Based Interventions at Scale. (Invited Presentation) Keck Futures Conference, 2007.

 McArthur K, Dacso C. Submaximal Decision Making and Health Resource Conservation: The Example of Heart Failure. Californian Journal of Health Promotion 2007;5:41-47. Paper

 Rajan N, Ben-Haim Y, Dacso CC. Medical Applications of Info-Gap. Society for Medical Decision Making. 26th Annual Meeting. Boston, MA. October 2007. 

 Invited Presentations

Clifford Dacso, Communicating Novel Aspects of Personalized Medicine, Digital Health Communication Extravaganza (DHCX), University of Florida, Orlando, FL, February 2012.

Clifford Dacso, Wetware Applications Are Critical for Worldwide Healthcare Innovation, Diverse 2011, Dublin City University, Dublin, June 2011.

Clifford Dacso, Smart Health and Well Being, panel, CISE Cross-Cutting Programs, National Science Foundation, Arlington, VA, May 2011.

Clifford Dacso, Blue Box Health, 2010 Gulf Coast Innovation Conference & Showcase, Houston, TX September 2010.

Clifford Dacso, Biosensors & IT:  Revolutionizing Healthcare and the New Personalized Medicine Public lecture, Queens University Belfast, April 2009

Clifford Dacso, Keynote Address. The New Personalized Medicine is Inexpensive Biosensors in a Ubiquitous Computing Environment, 1st ACM International Workshop on Medical-grade Wireless Networks (WiMD 2009), New Orleans, May 2009.

Clifford Dacso, The New Personalised Medicine: Low Cost Sensors, Robust Analytics, Ubiquitous Computing, pHealth 2009: The 6th International Workshop on Wearable Micro and Nano Technologies for Personalized Health, Oslo, June 2009.     

Clifford Dacso, Community and Collaborative Health, European Union Center for Connected Health and Queen’s University Belfast, June 29 and 30, 2009.

Clifford Dacso, “Extension Technologies in Developed and Developing Economies,” The Future of Medicine 2020 Invitational Conference, University College, London, November 2008.

Clifford Dacso, “Federal Grant Funds Study on Wireless Health Monitoring,” KUHF Radio interview, April 24, 2008.

Nithin Rajan, “Lessons Learned From Blue Box Device Development,” The Future of Medicine 2020 Invitational Conference, University College, London, November 2008.

C. Dacso. Health Care Community Discussion Report. Report to the Obama-Biden Healthcare Transition Team. December 19, 2008. Report

A. Harris. PECAN: Public Health Education & Community Action Now. Progress Report. Period: October 1, 2008 to November 30, 2008. Report

C. Dacso, L. Jones, M. Dacso,  Focus reform on shortage of primary care providers. Houston Chronicle, December 12, 2008. Editorial

Other Significant Publications
Ben-Haim Y, Dacso CC. Robust-Satisficing Decisions Under Severe Uncertainty. European Society for Medical Decision Making 10th Biennial Meeting. Manchester, UK. June 11-13, 2006. 

Carrasco J, Rajan N, Kudrle W, Dacso CC. Uses of Info-Gap Decision Making in Managing Medical Uncertainty. Information Gap Conference. U. Newcastle-Upon-Tyne. 29 September 2005.

Dacso ST, Dacso CC. The Managed Care Answer Book. Panel Publishing of Aspen Press, 5 Editions, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2003.

Dacso CC, Dacso ST. Risk Contracting and Capitation Strategies. Gaithersburg, MD, Aspen Press 1999.

Hutchison M, Dacso CC, Sabin D, Shaw A. Examining Operational and Scheduling Efficiency in Ambulatory Academic Practices: Opportunities for Optimizing Resource Utilization. J Amb Care Mgmt Apr;20(2):61-9, 1997.


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