J. Michael McWilliams, MD, PhD

J. Michael McWilliams, MD, PhD, is the Warren Alpert Associate Professor of Health Care Policy at Harvard Medical School. He is also an associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and a practicing general internist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Dr. McWilliams’ research focuses on health care spending, quality, access, and disparities in aging populations. The overarching goal of his work is to inform the development of payment and delivery systems, insurance coverage, markets, and regulatory policy that support value and equity in health care, with a particular emphasis on the Medicare program. He is currently leading research funded by the NIA, NCI, AHRQ, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, and Laura and John Arnold Foundation on a range of related topics, including Accountable Care Organizations and other new payment models, provider consolidation, health care prices, risk adjustment, low-value care, the role of organizations in technology diffusion, and coverage expansions in the South.
 
He is a former recipient of a Paul B. Beeson Career Development Award in Aging Research and a Clinical Scientist Development Award from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. In previous work, he has examined the influence of cognition on enrollment decisions in Medicare, risk adjustment in the Medicare Advantage program, the effects of Medicare prescription drug coverage on non-drug medical spending, and the effects of insurance coverage on health care, outcomes, and disparities.
 
Dr. McWilliams received his BS with highest distinction in biology as a Morehead Scholar from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, his MD magna cum laude from Harvard Medical School, and his PhD in Health Policy from Harvard University. He completed his residency in general internal medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and was an AHRQ post-doctoral fellow in health services research at the Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. McWilliams has received the Mack Lipkin, Sr. Associate Award, Milton W. Hamolsky Junior Faculty Award, Best Published Research Paper of the Year Award, and Outstanding Junior Investigator of the Year Award from the Society of General Internal Medicine. He has also received the Dissertation Award, Noteworthy Article of the Year Award, and Alice S. Hersh New Investigator Award from AcademyHealth. He is an elected member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation and comments editor for the Journal of General Internal Medicine.

 

Honors and Awards

Honors and Prizes

2012                Noteworthy Article of the Year, AcademyHealth
 
2010                Paul B. Beeson Career Development Award in Aging Research
 
2010                Clinical Scientist Development Award, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation
 
2009                Milton W. Hamolsky Junior Faculty Award, Society of General Internal Medicine
 

2008                AcademyHealth Dissertation Award

2008                Best Published Research Paper of the Year Award, Society of General Internal Medicine

2007-13           NIH Health Disparities Loan Repayment Award

2007                Mack Lipkin, Sr. Associate Award, Society of General Internal Medicine

2005-07           AHRQ Post-Doctoral Fellow in Health Services Research, HSPH

2003                M.D. magna cum laude in Health Care Policy, Harvard Medical School

2003                Trainee Investigator Award, American Society for Clinical Investigation

1997                Honors in Creative Writing, University of North Carolina

1997                B.S. with Highest Distinction in Biology, University of North Carolina

1996                Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Award Finalist, University of North Carolina

1996                Order of the Golden Fleece leadership award, University of North Carolina

1996                Phi Beta Kappa, University of North Carolina

1993-97           Dean’s List, University of North Carolina

1993-97           Honors Program, University of North Carolina

1993-97           North Carolina Fellow, University of North Carolina

1993-97           Morehead Scholar, University of North Carolina

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