J. Michael McWilliams, MD, PhD
J. Michael McWilliams, MD, PhD is an Associate Professor of Health Care Policy and Medicine at Harvard Medical School and a practicing general internist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Dr. McWilliams’s 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, particularly in the Medicare program. He is currently leading research funded by the NIA, NCI, NIMH, AHRQ, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, and Laura and John Arnold Foundation on a range of topics, including Accountable Care Organizations, provider consolidation, risk adjustment of quality measures and global budgets, the role of organizations in technology diffusion, measurement of low-value care, 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 degree with highest distinction in biology as a Morehead Scholar from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, his MD degree magna cum laude from Harvard Medical School, and his PhD degree 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 editor of the Comments section for the Journal of General Internal Medicine.