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HPM Chair Arnie Epstein to move to HHS

February, 26, 2014

Dear Alumni and Friends,

I am writing with the news that Arnold Epstein, M.D., Chair of HSPH’s Department of Health Policy and Management, has been offered and accepted an important position in Washington D.C. as the Deputy Assistant Secretary and head of the Office of Health Policy in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation in the Department of Health and Human Services.

As the United States begins the implementation of the Affordable Care Act and pursues health systems reform over the next few years, this is an exciting opportunity for Arnie to help improve the health care and health of millions of people across the country.

Arnie, who is the John H. Foster Professor of Health Policy and Management at the School, has had a distinguished career as both a researcher and a primary care internist. His research career has focused on issues central to the future of the Affordable Care Act and the future of health care in the U.S., including quality of care and access to care for disadvantaged populations.

Early in his career, Arnie worked in the Clinton White House on health care delivery systems and quality of care issues. He has served as Chairman of the Board of AcademyHealth, as Vice Chair of the Board of the Center for Health Care Strategies and on the Board of Governors of the Patient Centered Outcome Research Institute (PCORI). He is currently Associate Editor for Health Policy at the New England Journal of Medicine and a member of the Institute of Medicine.

With Arnie’s departure to Washington in the next few weeks, I have named Katherine (Kate) Baicker, Ph.D., to replace him as Acting Department Chair in Health Policy and Management. Kate is Professor of Health Economics in the Department, as well as Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research and an elected member of the Institute of Medicine. I am grateful to Kate for stepping in to this important position at short notice, and confident that the Department will continue to flourish under her leadership.

From 2005-2007, Kate served as a Member of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers. She currently serves on the editorial boards of several academic journals; as a Director of Eli Lilly; as past Chair of the Board of Directors of AcademyHealth; on the Massachusetts Group Insurance Commission; and on the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission. Her research focuses on the factors that drive the distribution, generosity, and effectiveness of public and private health insurance.

Arnie departs for his new role leaving the department on very firm footing with terrific faculty and wonderful staff. I congratulate him on this important new position, and look forward to working with Kate and all the Health Policy and Management Department faculty in the months ahead.

Best wishes,

Julio Frenk, M.D., M.P.H., Ph.D.
Dean of the Faculty, Harvard School of Public Health
T & G Angelopoulos Professor of Public Health and International Development,
Harvard School of Public Health and Harvard Kennedy School