Lawrence Casalino is the Livingston Farrand Professor of Public Health and Chief of the Division of Health Policy and Economics in the Department of Healthcare Policy and Research at Weill Cornell Medical College. Previously, he worked for 20 years as a full-time family physician in private practice, obtained an M.P.H. and Ph.D. in health services research at the University of California, Berkeley, and served as a tenured faculty member at the University of Chicago. He focuses on comparative research on the U.S. health care delivery system: what kinds of organizations, given what kinds of incentives, using what kinds of processes, achieve the best outcomes? He focuses specifically on medical groups and on medical group relationships with hospitals and health insurance plans. He has been a principal on the four national surveys of physician practices conducted by UC Berkeley and Weill Cornell Medical College. He is the recipient of an Investigator Award in Health Policy Research from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, has served on numerous national committees, as the Chair of the Academy Health Annual Research Meeting, and as the John Fry Fellow at the Nuffield Trust in London. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Medical Group Association Foundation, of the Healthcare Research and Educational Trust, and of the Committee on Research of the American Hospital Association. He has published extensively in major medical and health policy journals.
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