Health-Care Reform to be Subject of Blagg Lectureship

Mark B. McClellan


Mark B. McClellan, MD, PhD, will present the Christopher R. Blagg Endowed Lectureship in Renal Disease and Public Policy on Friday, November 11, on the topic of “What Are the Essential Elements for Reform of a Care Delivery System?”

Dr. McClellan is a senior fellow, director of the Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform, and Leonard D. Schaeffer Chair in Health Policy Studies at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. Established in 2007, the Engelberg Center provides practical solutions to achieve high-quality, innovative, affordable health care with particular emphasis on identifying opportunities on the national, state, and local levels.

A physician and an economist by training, Dr. McClellan has a distinguished record in public service and academic research. He is a former administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and a former commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. He served as a member of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers and as senior director for health-care policy at the White House under President George W. Bush. He also served in the Clinton administration as deputy assistant secretary of the treasury for economic policy and supervised economic analysis and policy development on a variety of domestic policy issues.

Dr. McClellan’s experience includes serving as associate professor of economics and associate professor of medicine at Stanford University, where he directed Stanford’s Program on Health Outcomes Research. He was associate editor of the Journal of Health Economics and co-principal investigator of the Health and Retirement Study, a longitudinal study of the health and economic status of older Americans.

Dr. McClellan holds a medical doctor degree from the Harvard University–Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Division of Health Sciences and Technology, a doctorate in economics from MIT, a master’s degree in public administration from Harvard, and a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Texas at Austin.


[1] ASN gratefully acknowledges the Northwest Kidney Centers and its contributors for support of the Christopher R. Blagg Endowed Lectureship in Renal Disease and Public Policy.

October-November 2011 (Vol. 3, Number 10 & 11)