National Health Care Reform Expert to Deliver Chancellor's Health Policy Lecture

April 30, 2010

Mark McClellan

Mark B. McClellan, MD, PhD, director of the Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform and Leonard D. Schaeffer Chair in Health Policy Studies at the Brookings Institution, will deliver the Chancellor’s Health Policy Lecture on Thursday, May 6.

McClellan will talk about health care reform, the challenges of cost containment and implementing new strategies aimed at improving the quality of health care.

The UCSF community is invited to the lecture, from noon to 1 p.m. in Health Sciences West, room 301 on the Parnassus campus.

McClellan is senior fellow and director of the Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform, which was established in 2007 and provides practical solutions to achieve high-quality, innovative, affordable health care with particular emphasis on identifying opportunities on the national, state and local levels.

The Chancellor’s Health Policy Lecture Series was initiated by then Chancellor Michael Bishop, MD, in 2006 to bring outstanding health policy leaders to UCSF to highlight the important role that health policy plays in the lives of University community. The Chancellor’s Health Policy Lecture series is organized by a committee that includes representatives from each of the schools and the UCSF Medical Center.

About Mark McClellan

A doctor and economist by training, McClellan has a highly distinguished record in public service and academic research. He is a former administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and former commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). McClellan served as a member of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers and senior director for health care policy at the White House under President George W. Bush. He also served in the Clinton administration as deputy assistant secretary of the Treasury for economic policy, where he supervised economic analysis and policy development on a range of domestic policy issues.

Previously, McClellan was an associate professor of economics and associate professor of medicine with tenure at Stanford University, where he directed Stanford’s Program on Health Outcomes Research. He also served as associate editor of the Journal of Health Economics; and was co-principal investigator of the Health and Retirement Study, a longitudinal study of the health and economic status of older Americans. He has twice received the Kenneth J. Arrow Award for Outstanding Research in Health Economics.

In his capacity as a health policy expert, McClellan is the co-director of the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Leaders’ Project on the State of American Health Care; co-chair of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Commission to Build a Healthier America; and chair of the FDA’s Reagan-Udall Foundation. He is also co-chair of the Quality Alliance Steering Committee, sits on the National Quality Forum’s Board of Directors, is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, and is a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. 

McClellan holds an MD from the Harvard University–Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Division of Health Sciences and Technology, a PhD in economics from MIT, an MPA from Harvard University, and a BA from the University of Texas at Austin. He completed his residency training in internal medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, is board-certified in Internal Medicine, and has been a practicing internist during his career.