Amy Cizik, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Amy Cizik, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Research Assistant Professor


About Dr. Cizik

Dr. Cizik is a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine at the University of Washington. Specializing in health economics and outcomes research, her primary research interest is measuring biopsychosocial risk factors in patients using patient-reported outcome measures and eliciting utility preferences from both surgeons and their patients. Using these methods her research looks to incorporate risk prediction and comparative effectiveness models into novel decision aids to improve outcomes, value, and safety in orthopaedic surgery.

She holds a PhD from the University of Washington in Outcomes Research and Policy and a MPH from the University of Kansas. She first began her career as a research coordinator in preventive medicine at the University of Kansas Medical Center. After graduating with her MPH in 2004, she moved to Seattle and joined the Department of Orthopaedics as a staff research scientist and served in that role upon joining the faculty in 2017 after earning her PhD.

Her collaborators include surgeons and centers within UW Medicine, including the Surgical Outcomes Research Center (SORCE) and the Perioperative and Pain Initiatives in Quality and Safety Outcome (PPiQSO) group. Externally, she collaborates with the Foundation for Health Care Quality planning quality improvement initiatives and formulating research questions and studies using statewide quality improvement data and metrics from the Spine Surgical Clinical Outcomes Assessment Program (SCOAP). She is a member of the Society of Medical Decision Making, the International Society for Quality of Life Research, and the PROMIS Health Organization.

Patient Care Philosophy

"While my patient interaction is limited, I like to interact with patients who are interested in clinical research and want to have more opportunities and better tools to discuss their orthopaedic surgical care.

As a clinical researcher in Orthopaedics, I hope to provide evidence-based data and tools to interpret and use the data in the clinical setting for shared decision-making. With this information, surgeons and their patients will be better equipped to make the best treatment decisions together. I believe this will improve satisfaction with care and lead to better quality and outcomes for the patient. My motto is the right patient, for the right treatment, at the right time."

Clinical Interests

  • Orthopaedics
  • Surgical Care
  • Non-operative Treatment
  • Spine
  • Trauma
  • Rehabilitation

Research Interests

  • Clinical Research in Shared Decision-Making
  • Outcomes
  • Value
  • Patient Reported Outcomes
  • PROs
  • Health Economics

Other Interests

"I enjoy spending time with family, enjoying the beautiful Pacific Northwest (hiking in the summer and skiing and snowshoeing in the winter), and cooking."