J. Michael McWilliams, MD, PhD, is a Professor of Health Care Policy and a Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and a practicing general internist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Dr. McWilliams’ research spans questions related to health care spending, quality, access, and disparities, with an overarching goal of informing the development of payment and delivery systems, insurance coverage, markets, and regulatory policy that support value and equity in health care. He is currently leading research funded by the NIA, NCI, AHRQ, and Laura and John Arnold Foundation on a range of topics, including Accountable Care Organizations and other new payment models, provider consolidation, health care prices, risk adjustment, low-value care, and coverage expansions in the South. He is a former recipient of the Paul B. Beeson Career Development Award in Aging Research and the Clinical Scientist Development Award from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.
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, served as Comments Editor for the Journal of General Internal Medicine, and is a member of the editorial board member for American Journal of ManagedCare.