In 2000 on the occasion of his 50th reunion from Harvard Law School, Marshall J. Seidman provided endowment support to the Department of Health Care Policy at HMS for two purposes: (1) to support research related to health care costs and quality and (2) to host an annual meeting by a leading policy maker. According to Mr. Seidman’s bequest:
Income shall be used for the purposes of having an annual visiting professor and lecture sponsored by the Department of Health Care Policy, on issues related to costs and quality of health care. It is the wish of the donor that support will ideally be given to activities that are most likely to impact on federal and state approaches to these problems.
In 2004, HCP established the Marshall J. Seidman Program for Medical Economics. It is a teaching and research fund that supports activities for post-doctoral fellows or faculty members to research health policy and health economics at the state or federal level. From there, the Seidman Fellowship Program was created. Three fellows are selected for two-year terms each; they collaborate with HCP's junior faculty and present to the department two or more times a semester for the Seidman Fellowship Seminar Series. Senior faculty members Mary Beth Landrum and David C. Grabowski currently oversee the program.
The first Seidman fellows joined HCP in summer 2015, and will move on in summer 2017. The newest cohort of Seidman fellows will begin their terms at HCP over the summer of 2017. Wenjia Zhu, whose faculty mentor will be Nicole Maestas, joins HCP from the Becker Friedman Institute at the University of Chicago. Andrew Wilcock, who comes from the University of Minnesota, will be mentored by McWilliams and Mehrotra.