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JAMA Forum Contributors

We have assembled a team of leading scholars, including health economists, health policy experts, and legal scholars, to provide expert commentary and insight into news that involves the intersection of health policy and politics, economics, and the law.

The JAMA Forum team includes

  • Katherine Baicker, PhD
    Katherine Baicker, PhD, is the Dean and the Emmett Dedmon Professor at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy. She is a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research and an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine, the National Academy of Social Insurance, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She serves on the Congressional Budget Office’s Panel of Health Advisers and as a Director of Eli Lilly, HMS, the Mayo Clinic, and NORC.  She has served as a Commissioner on the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission, as Chair of the Massachusetts Group Insurance Commission, and as a Senate-confirmed Member of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers. 

  • Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo, PhD, MD, MAS
    Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo, PhD, MD, MAS, is Professor and Chair of the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics; the Lee Goldman, MD Endowed Chair and Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco; and Vice Dean for Population Health and Health Equity in the UCSF School of Medicine. She cofounded the UCSF Center for Vulnerable Population, which focuses on actionable research to increase health equity and reduce health disparities in at-risk communities. She is a principal investigator for the UCSF Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute, and leads the UCSF COVID Community Public Health Initiative. She served on and led the US Preventive Services Task Force from 2010–2017. She is a member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation, the Association of American Physicians, and the National Academy of Medicine.

  • Stuart M. Butler, PhD

    Stuart M. Butler, PhD
    Stuart M. Butler, PhD, is a Senior Fellow in Economic Studies at the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC. Previously, he served as Director of the Center for Policy Innovation at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, DC, where he focused on developing new policy ideas. He is also an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University's Graduate School. He has played a prominent role in the debate about federal spending, especially Medicare and health care for working Americans, arguing for solutions based on limited government and market competition. He was born in Britain and received his PhD in American history from St Andrews University in Scotland.

  • Dave A. Chokshi, MD, MSc

    Dave A. Chokshi, MD, MSc
    Dave A. Chokshi, MD, MSc, is Chief Population Health Officer at New York City Health + Hospitals, clinical associate professor at NYU School of Medicine, and primary care physician at Bellevue Hospital. Previously, Dr Chokshi served as a White House Fellow at the US Dept. of Veterans Affairs, where he was the principal health advisor in the Office of the Secretary. His prior work experience spans the public, private, and nonprofit sectors, including positions with the New York City and State Departments of Health, the Louisiana Department of Health, a startup clinical software company, and the nonprofit Universities Allied for Essential Medicines.

  • Lisa Cooper, MD, MPH
    Lisa Cooper, MD, MPH, is the James F. Fries Professor of Medicine and the Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Equity in Health and Health Care at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, School of Nursing, and Bloomberg School of Public Health. A member of the National Academy of Medicine, the Association of American Physicians, and a 2007 MacArthur Fellow, she studies how race and socioeconomic factors shape patient care, and how health systems, with communities, can improve the health of populations with complex social needs. She also directs the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Equity, which partners with health systems and community-based organizations to identify interventions that alleviate racial and income health disparities and translate them into practice. She is the author of more than 200 peer-reviewed publications and of the forthcoming book Why Are Health Disparities Everyone's Problem?

  • David Cutler, PhD

    David Cutler, PhD
    David Cutler, PhD, is the Otto Eckstein Professor of Applied Economics in the Department of Economics and holds secondary appointments at the Kennedy School of Government and the School of Public Health at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He served on the Council of Economic Advisers and the National Economic Council during the Clinton Administration and was a senior health care adviser to Barack Obama's presidential campaign. He is a member of the National Academy of Medicine. Dr Cutler's 2004 book, Your Money or Your Life: Strong Medicine for America's Health Care System, was the subject of a feature in the New York Times Magazine. Dr Cutler also was recently named 1 of the 30 people who could have a powerful impact on health care by Modern Healthcare.

  • Sandro Galea, MD, DrPH
    Sandro Galea, MD, DrPH, a physician, epidemiologist, and author, is Dean and Robert A. Knox Professor at Boston University School of Public Health. He has published extensively in the peer-reviewed literature, and is a regular contributor to a range of public media, about the social causes of health, mental health, and the consequences of trauma. He has been listed as one of the most widely cited scholars in the social sciences. He has chaired the board of the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health and served as president of the Society for Epidemiologic Research and of the Interdisciplinary Association for Population Health Science. He is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine.

  • Sherry Glied, PhD, MA
    Sherry Glied, PhD, MA, is Dean of New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. From 1989-2013, she was a Professor at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. Between 2010 and 2012, Glied served as Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation at the Department of Health and Human Services. She had previously served as Senior Economist on the President’s Council of Economic Advisers in 1992-1993, under Presidents Bush and Clinton. She has been elected to the National Academy of Medicine, the National Academy of Social Insurance, and served as a member of the Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking. Her principal areas of research are in health policy reform and mental health care policy

  • Lawrence O. Gostin, JD

    Lawrence O. Gostin, JD
    Lawrence O. Gostin, JD, is University Professor, the Linda D. and Timothy J. O'Neill Professor of Global Health Law, Faculty Director of the O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University Law Center in Washington DC. He is also Director of the World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Center on Public Health Law and Human Rights. He has chaired numerous National Academy of Sciences committees, proposed a Framework Convention on Global Health endorsed by the United Nations Secretary General, served on the WHO Director's Ad Hoc Advisory Committee on Reforming the WHO, and drafted a Model Public Health Law for WHO and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In the United Kingdom, he was awarded the Rosemary Delbridge Prize for person "who has most influenced Parliament and government to act for the welfare of society."

  • Scott Gottlieb, MD
    Scott Gottlieb, MD, served as the 23rd Commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration. His work focuses on advancing public health through developing and implementing innovative approaches to improving medical outcomes, reshaping health care delivery, and expanding consumer choice and safety. He serves on the boards of Pfizer Inc and Illumina, Inc, is a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and is a partner at the venture capital firm New Enterprise Associates.

  • Larry Levitt, MPP

    Larry Levitt, MPP
    Larry Levitt, MPP, is Executive Vice President for Health Policy at the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF), overseeing KFF's policy work on Medicare, Medicaid, the health care market place, the Affordable Care Act, women's health, and global health. He previously was Editor in Chief of kaisernetwork.org, the foundation's online health policy news and information service, and directed the foundation's communications and online activities and its Changing Health Care Marketplace Project. Before joining the foundation, he served as a Senior Health Policy Advisor to the White House and Department of Health and Human Services, working on the development of President Clinton's Health Security Act and other health policy initiatives.

  • Diana J. Mason, PhD, RN

    Diana J. Mason, PhD, RN
    Diana J. Mason, PhD, RN, is Senior Policy Service Professor for the Center for Health Policy and Media Engagement at George Washington University School of Nursing in Washington DC. She is Professor Emerita and Co-Director of the Center for Health, Media, and Policy at Hunter College, City University of New York. She is Editor in Chief Emeritus of the American Journal of Nursing, a member of the National Advisory Board of Kaiser Health News, producer and moderator of Healthstyles, a weekly radio program, and the lead co-editor of Policy and Politics in Nursing and Health Care and The Nursing Profession: Development, Challenges, Opportunities in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Book Series. She is a past president of the American Academy of Nursing and a fellow in the New York Academy of Medicine.

  • Michelle M. Mello, JD, PhD
    Michelle M. Mello, JD, PhD, Professor of Law at Stanford Law School and Professor of Medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine, conducts empirical research into issues at the intersection of law, ethics, and health policy. She is the author of more than 200 articles on medical liability, public health law, the public health response to COVID-19, pharmaceuticals and vaccines, biomedical research ethics and governance, health information privacy, and other topics. She is the recipient of a number of awards for her research, and is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine. She holds a JD from the Yale Law School and a PhD in Health Policy and Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

  • Joshua M. Sharfstein, MD

    Joshua M. Sharfstein, MD
    Joshua M. Sharfstein, MD, is Vice Dean for Public Health Practice and Community Engagement and Professor of the Practice at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, Maryland. He previously served as Secretary of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, as the Principal Deputy Commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration, and as Commissioner of Health for Baltimore. He is a consultant for Audacious Inquiry, a company that has provided technology services and other support to Maryland's Health Information Exchange. A pediatrician, he lives with his family in Baltimore.

  • Benjamin D. Sommers, MD, PhD

    Benjamin D. Sommers, MD, PhD
    Benjamin D. Sommers, MD, PhD, is the Huntley Quelch Professor of Health Care Economics at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Professor of Medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School. He is a health economist and primary care physician. In 2011-2012, he served as a senior advisor in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, in the US Department of Health and Human Services. He is a member of the National Academy of Medicine. His research focuses on disparities in health care access, Medicaid policy, and national health reform.

  • Joan M. Teno, MD, MS
    Joan M. Teno, MD, MS, is Professor of Medicine at Oregon Health and Science University and Adjunct Professor of Health Services, Policy and Practice of the Brown University School of Public Health and physician board certified in Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine. Her research focuses on measuring the quality of care and how Medicare payments models affect the medical care of seriously ill persons and their family. She served on the study panel for the 2014 Institute of Medicine report on reforming how seriously ill and dying persons are cared for in the United States. Throughout her career, she has led national efforts to define and operationalize how quality of care is measured through bereaved family member surveys and use of Medicare administrative data.

  • Gail Wilensky, PhD

    Gail Wilensky, PhD
    Gail Wilensky, PhD, is an economist and Senior Fellow at Project HOPE, an international health foundation. Dr Wilensky previously directed the Medicare and Medicaid programs and served in the White House as a senior adviser on health and welfare issues to President George H. W. Bush. She also served as the first chair of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission. She is a member of the National Academy of Medicine. She is also a current or former director of numerous nonprofit organizations as well as a director on 2 public company boards. Her expertise is on strategies to reform health care—particularly Medicare, comparative effectiveness research, and military health care. She has also co-chaired the Congressionally mandated task force on the future of military health care (2006-2008), been a Commissioner on the Dole/Shalala Presidential Commission (2007-2008), and served on the Board of Regents of the Uniformed University of the Health Sciences (2008-2020).

Former Contributors

  • Eli Y. Adashi, MD, MS

    Eli Y. Adashi, MD, MS
    Eli Y. Adashi, MD, MS, is Professor of Medical Science and the former Dean of Medicine and Biological Sciences at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. A member of the National Academy of Medicine, the Association of American Physicians, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Dr Adashi has focused his writing on domestic and global health policy at the nexus of medicine, law, ethics, and human rights. Dr Adashi is the author or coauthor of more than 400 peer-reviewed publications and 120 book chapters or reviews, and has been the editor or co-editor of 16 books. A former Franklin fellow, Dr Adashi served as a senior advisor on Global Women's Health to the Secretary of State office of Global Women's Issues during the Obama administration. He can be contacted at: Eli_Adashi@brown.edu.

  • Andrew B. Bindman, MD

    Andrew B. Bindman, MD
    Andrew B. Bindman, MD, is Professor of Medicine, Health Policy, Epidemiology and Biostatistics and a core faculty member within the Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr Bindman has a long-standing interest in health policy informed by his many years as primary care physician at Zuckerberg San Francisco General and through several roles he has played within the federal government. He was a health policy fellow on the staff of the US House Energy and Commerce Committee where he contributed to the drafting of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). He served as a senior adviser within the US Department of Health and Human Services and as the Director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, is Co-Editor in Chief of Health Services Research, and is a member of the National Academy of Medicine.

  • Aaron E. Carroll, MD, MS

    Aaron E. Carroll, MD, MS
    Aaron E. Carroll, MD, MS, is Associate Professor and Vice Chair for Health Policy and Outcomes Research in the Department of Pediatrics at Indiana University School of Medicine. He is also Director of the university's Center for Health Policy and Professionalism Research. His research focuses on the study of information technology to improve pediatric care and areas of health policy including physician malpractice, decision analysis and cost-effectiveness, and health care reform. He has published 2 popular books on medical myths, and his work has been featured in many national publications. He regularly blogs about healthy policy at The Incidental Economist and tweets at @aaronecarroll.

  • Austin Frakt, PhD

    Austin B. Frakt, PhD
    Austin B. Frakt, PhD, is a health economist and Director of the Partnered Evidence-based Policy Resource Center at the Boston VA Healthcare System, in Boston, Massachusetts. He is also an Associate Professor affiliated with the Boston University School of Public Health; a Visiting Associate Professor with the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health; and an Adjunct Senior Fellow, Leonard Davis Institute, University of Pennsylvania. Dr Frakt is an Editor in Chief and a primary author of the evidence-based health policy blog The Incidental Economist. Dr Frakt has been widely published in Health Affairs; Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law; Health Economics; Milbank Quarterly; and New England Journal of Medicine and is one of the principal contributors to The Incidental Economist blog. He received his PhD and SM degrees from MIT's electrical engineering department and his BS from Cornell University in applied physics.

  • Ashish K. Jha, MD, MPH

    Ashish K. Jha, MD, MPH
    Ashish K. Jha, MD, MPH, is K. T. Li Professor of International Health and Health Policy at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston, Massachusetts, Director of the Harvard Global Health Institute, Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and a practicing internist at the Veterans Affairs Boston Healthcare System. He received his MD from Harvard Medical School and was trained in Internal Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. He received his MPH from Harvard School of Public Health. Dr Jha's major research interests lie in improving the quality and costs of health care. His work has focused on 4 primary areas—public reporting, pay-for-performance, health information technology, and leadership—and the roles they play in fixing the US health care system.

  • Howard K. Koh, MD, MPH

    Howard K. Koh, MD, MPH
    Howard K. Koh, MD, MPH, is the Harvey V. Fineberg professor of the practice of public health leadership at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health and the Harvard Kennedy School. He is also the former Massachusetts commissioner of public health and the 14th Assistant Secretary for Health for the US Department of Health and Human Services. A quadruple-boarded physician, Dr Koh has published more than 250 articles in medical and public health literature, earned more than 70 awards for interdisciplinary achievements in public health, and has received 5 honorary doctorate degrees.

  • Andy Slavitt, MBA

    Andy Slavitt, MBA
    Andy Slavitt, MBA, is Distinguished Health Policy Fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics, University of Pennsylvania, and Founder and Board Chair of United States of Care. He previously served as the Acting Administrator for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services under President Obama from 2015 to 2017, where he focused on advances in health care coverage and accelerating health care delivery system transformation. He has 2 decades of private–sector health care leadership, both as a senior executive at Optum, a health services and innovation company, and as an entrepreneur.

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