J. Michael McWilliams, MD, PhD is an Associate Professor of Health Care Policy 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 with chronic conditions. The overarching goal of his work is to inform the development of health care markets, delivery systems, insurance coverage, and regulatory and payment policies that support value and equity in health care, particularly in the Medicare program. He is currently completing two career development awards, a Paul B. Beeson Career Development Award in Aging Research from the National Institute on Aging and the American Federation for Aging Research, and a Clinical Scientist Development Award from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. In addition, he is principal investigator or co-investigator in several ongoing studies related to accountable care organizations (ACOs), measurement of low-value care in Medicare, organizational determinants of technology diffusion, risk adjustment of prospective payments and quality measures, and the effects of provider consolidation on health care prices. In prior research, he has examined the effects of Medicare prescription drug coverage on non-drug medical spending, the effects of Medicare coverage on health care and outcomes for previously uninsured adults, and the influence of cognition on enrollment decisions in Medicare.
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, with a concentration in evaluative science and statistics. He completed his residency and fellowship training 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, and Best Published Research Paper of the Year Award from the Society of General Internal Medicine, and the Dissertation Award and Noteworthy Article of the Year Award from AcademyHealth. He is a contributing editor for the Journal of General Internal Medicine.