The Mass General Brigham and Harvard community offer opportunities to trainees to understand the range of leadership roles and complexity of decision-making in academic health care management, as well as the impact that political and economic forces that shape the future of the health care market.
The Center brings together preeminent faculty from across Mass General Brigham hospitals to acquaint trainees with opportunities and gain understanding in the principles and applications of quality and patient safety and offer mentorship, career development help, and advice.
Barbara J. McNeil, MD, PhD, is the Ridley Watts Professor and founding head of the Department of Health Care Policy at Harvard Medical School. She is also a professor of radiology at Harvard Medical School and at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. She recently completed a six-month term as acting dean for Harvard Medical School.
Dr. McNeil’s research activities have focused on several areas, most notably technology assessment and quality of care. Her most recent work includes two large studies supported by the Department of Veterans Affairs. The first focused on a comparison of quality of care for veterans with cardiac disease, with the care provided to Medicare beneficiaries seen in private settings. The report led to the introduction of many changes in the care of veterans with cardiac disease. As a result of that study, Dr. McNeil and her colleagues recently completed a similar study on cancer care; they studied patients with lung cancer, colon cancer, prostate cancer, or several hematological malignancies. She and colleagues from Abt Associates are now evaluating the extent to which the infrastructure for research in the VA matches the needs of its investigators. With Drs. Chernew and Landon and colleagues from the Children’s Hospital, she is examining the impact of global payments in Massachusetts on the care of children.
Dr. McNeil also works closely with the national Blue Cross Blue Shield Association. She reviews and evaluates the success of their activities related to the identification and dissemination of approaches to improving either the quality or the efficiency of care in plans across the country. She is also a member of the Medical Advisory Committee for the Technology Evaluation Commission (TEC).
Dr. McNeil received her BA from Emmanuel College, her MD from Harvard Medical School, and her PhD from Harvard University. She is a member of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academy of Sciences (where she was recently chair of its Board of Health Care Services) and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She is now vice chair of the Nuclear and Radiation Studies Board of the National Academy of Sciences. Previously, she served on the Board of Directors of Edwards LifeSciences (Irvine, CA) and was a member of the Prospective Payment Assessment Commission and the Publications Committee of the New England Journal of Medicine.
Each year, the Center of Expertise in Health Policy and Management accepts proposals for research projects and provides up to five $3,000 stipends for awarded projects. The COE grants are intended to support the scholarship and continued academic growth of residents and fellows in Mass General Brigham GME programs. The goals of the grant program are to support trainees in developing expertise in the field of health policy and health care management as well as to support innovative research projects or to facilitate obtaining preliminary data to strengthen proposals for external funding. The maximum requested budget is $3000 per project. A publishable product is a desired, but not required, outcome of this work.
Learn more about the research grants, how to access the RFP, and see previously funded projects on our GME SharePoint site (login required).
For additional information or to set up a planning discussion with faculty, email the Centers of Expertise.