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Associate Professor of Health Policy, Management and Leadership, West Virginia University

Dr. Steve Davis is an Associate Professor (Educator-Scientist) in the Department of Health Policy, Management, and Leadership in the West Virginia University (WVU) School of Public Health where he teaches Public Health Project Management and Writing for Public Health Audiences. Dr. Davis also served on the Drexel University College of Medicine Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) finance faculty where he taught financial statements and wrote a budgeting case study of an academic medical center in distress.

Dr. Davis's research endeavors are in the field of implementation and dissemination science. His work focuses on the implementation and dissemination of evidence-based technologies and programs (e.g., telehealth, needle exchange, medications for opioid use disorder, etc.) in rural communities and the structural barriers (e.g., laws, policies, etc.) that may preclude full translation of these technologies and programs.

Dr. Davis previously led a team of WVU and state stakeholders that proposed a pilot telehealth intervention for high-risk Medicaid recipients in the state of West Virginia to the Commissioner for the West Virginia Bureau for Medical Services (BMS). He is currently overseeing the implementation of this telehealth pilot in West Virginia that has a primary goal of preventing re-institutionalizations among vulnerable traumatic brain injury and aged and disabled populations. Dr. Davis has a particular interest in the role of paraphernalia laws and policing behaviors on the efficacy of syringe access programs for the prevention of hepatitis C virus among rural Appalachian people who inject drugs.

Prior to his appointment in public health, Dr. Davis spent 19 years conducting emergency department research with specializations in stroke awareness and analyses of large-scale datasets to denote national trends in hospitalizations and emergency department utilization and care. He is a past Chair and current Vice-Chair of the West Virginia University Institutional Review Board (IRB) with 14 years of overall IRB service. He regularly lectures on the ethical conduct of research and completed a book chapter on ethical issues in pharmaceutical research.


  • –present
    Adjunct Professor Department of Emergency Medicine, West Virginia University