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Mark McClellan
Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform

In July 2007, Mark B. McClellan, M.D., Ph.D., Senior Fellow, became the Director of the Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform at the Brookings Institution. The Center studies ways to provide practical solutions for access, quality, and financing challenges facing the U.S. health care system. Dr. McClellan is also the Leonard D. Schaeffer Chair in Health Policy Studies.

Dr. McClellan is the Former Administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (2004-2006) and the Former Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration (2002-2004). He also served as a member of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers and Senior Director for Health Care Policy at the White House (2001–2002). In the Clinton administration, Dr. McClellan was Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy from 1998–1999.

Dr. McClellan was also an Associate Professor of Economics and Associate Professor of Medicine (with tenure) at Stanford University. He directed Stanford’s Program on Health Outcomes Research and was also Associate Editor of the Journal of Health Economics, and Co-Principal Investigator of the Health and Retirement Study (HRS). He has twice received the Kenneth J. Arrow Award for Outstanding Research in Health Economics.

Dr. McClellan is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, and a Visiting Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute.

A graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, Dr. McClellan earned his M.P.A. from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government in 1991, his M.D. from the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology in 1992, and his Ph.D. in Economics from MIT in 1993. He completed his residency training in internal medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston.

Dr. McClellan has been board-certified in Internal Medicine and has been a practicing internist during his academic career.

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