Dr. Joe Selby was named the first executive director of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, an independent, not-for-profit organization created by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to provide information on the effectiveness, benefits and harms of different treatment options. Selby, 64, is scheduled to start July 1. He is a family physician, a clinical epidemiologist and health services researcher. For the past 13 years, Selby has been the director of the research division at Kaiser Permanente, Northern California. His personal research has focused on diabetes outcomes and quality improvement. He also is a lecturer in the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine’s Epidemiology and Biostatistics Department and is a health research and policy consulting professor at Stanford University School of Medicine in Palo Alto, Calif. Selby will implement programs chosen by the PCORI board of governors and create an organizational structure to carry out the PCORI research agenda, supported by a $150 million trust fund appropriated by the reform law for fiscal 2012.