J. Michael McGinnis, MD

Senior Scholar
Institute of Medicine
500 Fifth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001
Phone: 202/334-3963

Michael McGinnis, MD, is senior scholar at the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academies, and a long-time participant in various aspects of health policy. Contributions include his current work initiating and guiding the IOM’s Roundtable on Value & Science-Driven Health Care, as well as previous service as founding director, respectively, of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s (RWJF's) Health Group, the World Health Organization’s Office for Health Reconstruction in Bosnia, the federal Office of Research Integrity, and the federal Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. Programs and policies conceived and launched at his initiative include the Healthy People process setting national health goals and objectives (1979-present), the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (1984-present), the Dietary Guidelines for Americans (with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1980-present), the multi-level Public Health Functions Steering Group and the Ten Essential Services of Public Health (1994-present), the RWJF Active Living family of programs (2000-present), the RWJF Young Epidemiology Scholars Program (2001-present), the RWJF Health and Society Scholars Program (2002-present), and the current Learning Healthcare System initiative of the IOM. From 1977 to 1995, he held continuous appointment unusual for political and policy posts, with policy responsibilities through the Carter, Reagan, Bush, and Clinton administrations for disease prevention and health promotion at the Department of Health and Human Services. Internationally, he served in Bosnia (1995-1996) as chair of the joint World Bank/European Commission Task Force on Reconstruction of the Health and Human Services Sector, and in India (1974-1975) as epidemiologist and state director for the World Health Organization’s successful smallpox eradication program. His research has been widely cited and focuses on the multiple determinants of health, and the rational allocation of social resources. He is an elected member of the IOM.

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