Thought Leader, New Marketplace

Thomas W. Feeley, MD

Senior Fellow
Harvard Business School

Thomas W. Feeley, MD, is a Senior Fellow at the Harvard Business School and formerly the Helen Shafer Fly Distinguished Professor of Anesthesiology at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas.  He headed the Institute for Cancer Care Innovation at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center until 2017 when he joined Harvard Business School full time. Dr. Feeley received both undergraduate and MD degrees from Boston University and trained in anesthesiology and critical care at Boston’s Beth Israel Hospital. He was a faculty member at Stanford University for 19 years practicing cardiovascular anesthesia and critical care. In 1997, he came to MD Anderson to create and lead the Division of Anesthesiology and Critical Care. He  served 18 years as the head of that organization which grew to be the largest program of its kind devoted to cancer anesthesiology and critical care. He also served for 7 years as the Vice President of Medical Operations. His work leading the Institute for Cancer Care Innovation focused on research to demonstrate and improve the value of cancer care delivery based on the work of Harvard Business School Professor Michael Porter. He joined the Harvard Business School faculty on a part-time basis in 2014 working in the Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness with Professors Michael Porter and Robert Kaplan on research and education in the value-based health care agenda with an emphasis on the role of information technology in health care. His interests now also include the implementation of value-based health care in delivery systems world wide.

Fee-for-Service Continues to Account for the Majority of Revenue

New Marketplace

New Marketplace Survey: Transitioning Payment Models: Fee-for-Service to Value-Based Care

In a survey of the NEJM Catalyst Insights Council sponsored by Optum, respondents express enthusiasm for value-based care but have conflicting opinions about just how far along that path they should go.

MD Anderson Cancer Center PAAC Health Information Data Before and After Implementation of New EHR System

Patient Engagement

Using a New EHR System to Increase Patient Engagement, Improve Efficiency, and Decrease Cost

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center saw active participation from patients by encouraging them to document their own health information into a new EHR.

Hospital-based ACOs Key Capabilities Are Different Based on Level of Risk

New Marketplace

Hospital-based ACOs Face Challenges in Tracking Performance Indicators

A focus on bundled payments for specific episodes of care — versus the broad changes required in an ACO model — may be a more effective method for ACO participants to develop capabilities required to measure utilization, cost, and revenue metrics.

Union Square Family Health Evolving Clinic Schedule - after integrated practice unit changes

New Marketplace

Leveraging IPU Principles in Primary Care

How a safety-net clinic reorganized into multidisciplinary teams and restructured clinic flow to improve both efficiency and continuity of patient care.


Making American Health Care Great Again, by Repealing and Replacing the ACA

Our nation has a great opportunity to accelerate value in health care by preserving the good in the ACA and addressing the bad.

Care Redesign

How a Cancer Center Rapidly Developed Patient-Centered Outcome Measures

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center used a streamlined methodology to arrive at measure sets for six disease sites; each set took just 1 to 2 months.

New Marketplace

Developing Bundled Reimbursement for Cancer Care

MD Anderson Cancer Center teamed with UnitedHealthcare to explore bundled payments for head and neck cancer.

New Marketplace

Why Value in Health Care Is the Target

Fixing our health care system cannot be done simply by government fiat or by any party acting alone, but only with all stakeholders focusing in tandem on value for the patient.

Care Redesign

The Value of ICU Care at the End of Life

How do physicians decide the right care as patients approach death? The answer must come from the patient.


Why Would Someone Become a Doctor?

What the future holds for medicine as a profession.

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