J. Michael McWilliams, MD, PhD, is the Warren Alpert Professor of Health Care Policy and a Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. He is also 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 systems, 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 the effects of payment incentives, the validity and deployment of quality measures, risk adjustment, low-value care, effects of insurance coverage on health outcomes, the organization of medical practice, and the role of markets in health care.
Dr. McWilliams’s research has earned several honors, including distinctions for specific papers from AcademyHealth, the Society of General Internal Medicine, and the National Institute for Health Care Management Foundation. He received the Alice S. Hersh New Investigator Award from AcademyHealth and the Outstanding Junior Investigator of the Year Award from the Society of General Internal Medicine. He is an elected member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation and former recipient of the Paul B. Beeson Career Development Award in Aging Research and 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.