Panel of Health Advisers

Posted on
April 20, 2009

CBO has a panel of health advisers consisting of widely recognized experts in health policy. Members of the panel have a variety of backgrounds, areas of knowledge, and experience. We host periodic meetings of the advisers at our office and solicit their views between meetings via e-mail exchanges and conference calls. Through these interactions, we benefit from the advisers understanding of cutting-edge research and the latest developments in health care delivery and financing. As a result, the quality of CBO's analysis of health policy is greatly enhanced. (The agency also has a panel of economic advisers, which I will discuss in an upcoming blog entry.) The health advisers for 2009 and 2010 are:

Joseph Antos, Ph.D.
Wilson H. Taylor Scholar in Health Care
and Retirement Policy
American Enterprise Institute


Katherine Baicker, Ph.D.
Professor of Health Economics
Department of Health Policy and Management
Harvard School of Public Health

John Bertko, F.S.A., M.A.A.A.
Adjunct Staff, RAND Corporation
Visiting Scholar, The Brookings Institution

Michael Chernew, Ph.D.
Department of Health Care Policy
Harvard Medical School

David Cutler, Ph.D.
Otto Eckstein Professor
of Applied Economics
Department of Economics, and Kennedy School of Government Harvard University

Karen Davis, Ph.D.
The Commonwealth Fund

Jose Escarce, M.D., Ph.D.
Senior Natural Scientist
RAND Corporation
Adjunct Professor of Health Services
School of Public Health
University of California, Los Angeles

Roger Feldman, Ph.D.
Blue Cross Professor of Health Insurance
Professor of Economics
University of Minnesota

Amy Finkelstein, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Economics
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Alan M. Garber, M.D., Ph.D.
Staff Physician, Veterans Affairs
Palo Alto Health Care System
Henry J. Kaiser Jr. Professor of Medicine
Director, Center for Health Policy
Director, Center for Primary Care
and Outcomes Research
Stanford University


Paul Ginsburg, Ph.D.
Center for Studying Health System Change

Dana Goldman, Ph.D.
Director of Health Economics
RAND Chair in Health Economics
Senior Principal Researcher
RAND Corporation
Professor of Health Services and Radiology, UCLA

Jonathan Gruber, Ph.D.
Professor and Associate Head
Department of Economics
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Thomas Lee, M.D.
Network President, Partners Healthcare Systems, Inc.
Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Professor of Health Policy and Management,
Harvard School of Public Health

Mark McClellan, M.D., Ph.D.
Senior Fellow and Director
Engelberg Center for Healthcare Reform Leonard D. Schaeffer Directors Chair in Health Policy Studies
Brookings Institution

Elizabeth McGlynn, Ph.D.
Associate Director, RAND Health
Distinguished Chair in Health Quality
Senior Principal Researcher
RAND Corporation


David Meltzer, M.D., Ph.D.
Associate Professor,
Department of Medicine,
Department of Economics, and
Graduate School of Public Policy Studies
University of Chicago

Joseph Newhouse, Ph.D.
John D. MacArthur Professor of
Health Policy and Management
Director, Division of Health Policy
Research and Education
Chair, Committee on Higher Degrees
in Health Policy
Harvard University

Mark Pauly, Ph.D.
Bendheim Professor of Health Care
Systems, Business and Public Policy,
Insurance and Risk Management,
and Economics
Wharton School
University of Pennsylvania

Robert Reischauer, Ph.D.
The Urban Institute

Jonathan Skinner, Ph.D.
John French Professor of Economics
Department of Economics
Dartmouth University
Professor of Community and
Family Medicine
Center for Evaluative Clinical Sciences
Dartmouth Medical School

We appreciate these advisers contribution to our work. We look forward to continuing to benefit from their knowledge and experience as we undertake very complex analyses of proposals for major changes in the nations health care system.