Center for Surgery and Public Health

Joel Weissman, PhD

Chief Scientific Officer

Joel S. Weissman, PhD, is Chief Scientific Officer of the Center for Surgery and Public Health at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, and Professor of Surgery in Health Policy at Harvard Medical School.  He has published over 200 peer-reviewed articles on quality and patient safety, the care of under-served and seriously ill populations, payment policy, comparative effectiveness research policy, and surgical health services research. Dr. Weissman performed some of the earliest research on access problems encountered by the uninsured, and his book, Falling through the Safety Net (1994), was widely cited. From 2008-2010 Dr. Weissman was Senior Health Policy Advisor to the Secretary of the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services, where he examined the budgetary impact of universal health coverage in Massachusetts, and led the planning effort for a multi-million dollar statewide all-payer medical home pilot. He currently serves on the Technical Expert Panel for the 2024 Impact Assessment of CMS Quality and Efficiency Measures.

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