SLUCOR Director to Lead College for Public Health and Social Justice
Thomas Burroughs, Ph.D., executive director of Saint Louis University’s Center for
Health Outcomes Research (SLUCOR), has been appointed to a three-year term as interim
dean of the College for Public Health and Social Justice. He will succeed Collins
Airhihenbuwa, Ph.D., who is stepping down from the position on July 1.
Burroughs has been part of the public health family at SLU since 1999, when he began
teaching biostatistics courses as an adjunct professor in the then-named School of
Public Health. He joined the University fulltime as SLUCOR’s executive director in
In addition to leading SLUCOR, Burroughs holds faculty appointments in the College
for Public Health and Social Justice as a professor of health management and policy,
as well as in the School of Medicine as a professor of internal medicine.
“Tom’s leadership of the Center for Health Outcomes Research has been stellar,” said
University Provost Nancy Brickhouse. “He has great experience both in academia and
in corporate settings. His leadership style is characterized by collaborative problem-solving
and sound judgment. I am confident that he is the right person to lead the college
at this time toward greater impact aligned with our mission.”
“I am excited for this opportunity to work even more closely with the talented and
dedicated faculty, staff and students in the college,” Burroughs said. “Working together,
I know that we can build upon the great synergies we have among the College for Public
Health and Social Justice, SLUCOR, the School of Medicine, SLUCare and our health
care partner SSM Health St Louis.”
Growing up, Burroughs was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. Today, in his research he
uses national data for 34 million Americans with diabetes to explore the utilization
and outcomes of insulin pumps and continuous blood glucose monitors. Burroughs’ research
has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Veterans Administration,
private foundations and corporations. He has also published more than 100 peer-reviewed
manuscripts and book chapters.
Prior to working at Saint Louis University, Burroughs was the corporate director of
performance measurement for BJC HealthCare, where he was the principal architect of
a nationally recognized clinical monitoring and reporting system that earned a National
Quality Management Award from the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society
Burroughs holds graduate degrees in mathematical statistics from Southern Illinois
University in Edwardsville and psychology from Washington University in St. Louis,
where he began his research career working with faculty in the Brown School of Social
SLUCOR will remain an independent degree-granting center at the University, reporting
to Kevin Behrns, M.D., vice president for medical affairs and dean of the School of
Medicine. SLUCOR’s deputy director, Leslie Hinyard, Ph.D., will run the center’s daily
operations, reporting to Burroughs.
“Throughout his career, Tom has demonstrated an ability to build bridges, which is
a particularly important skill given the changing landscape of health care and the
intersection of public health and medicine today,” Behrns said.