Health Plans. Prior to that, Mr. Ebeler was senior vice president and director of the health care group at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, where he focused on the uninsured, health care quality, and chronic care issues. Mr. Ebeler served as deputy assistant secretary for planning and evaluation for health and as acting assistant secretary for planning and evaluation at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Over the years, he has also held positions in the health care industry and on Capitol Hill. Mr. Ebeler serves as a commissioner on the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission; the Health Care Services board of the Institute of Medicine; the board of trustees of Inova Health System in Virginia, where he chairs the board of health care services; and the board of directors of Families USA. Mr. Ebeler holds an M.P.A. from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and his undergraduate degree is from Dickinson College. Mr. Ebeler chaired the IOM Committee on the Review of the Adoption and Implementation of Health IT Standards of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. He was a member of the IOM Subcommittee on Strategies and Models for Providing Health Insurance, as well as other IOM committees and planning groups.
John Z. Ayanian, M.D., M.P.P., is a professor of medicine and health care policy at Harvard Medical School and professor of health policy and management at the Harvard School of Public Health. He is the director of the General Internal Medicine Fellowship and medical director of the Center for Surgery and Public Health at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He is also a practicing general internist in the Division of General Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, where he sees patients and teaches medical residents. Dr. Ayanian’s research focuses on the effect of patients’ race, ethnicity, gender, insurance coverage, and socioeconomic characteristics on access to care and clinical outcomes, as well as on the impact of physicians’ specialty and organizational characteristics on the quality of care. He is the principal investigator of the Harvard/Northern California research team in the Cancer Care Outcomes Research and Surveillance Consortium. In Dr. Ayanian’s recent research, he has studied trends in quality of care and racial disparities in Medicare managed care plans, the effect of Medicare coverage on previously uninsured adults, the impact of ambulatory care from primary care physicians and cardiologists on the outcomes of Medicare beneficiaries who have survived a heart attack, and the quality of cancer care by race, ethnicity, and language. Dr. Ayanian received his B.A. degree summa cum laude from Duke University, his M.D. degree from Harvard Medical School, and his M.P.P. degree from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, with a concentration in health policy. Dr. Ayanian was a member of the IOM Committee on Cancer Survivorship and the Committee