Michael Chernew

Adjunct Scholar

Michael E. Chernew, Ph.D. is a Professor of Health Care Policy in the Department of Health Care Policy at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Chernew's research examines several areas related to controlling health care spending growth while maintaining or improving the quality of care. His work on consumer incentives focuses on Value Based Insurance Design (VBID), which aligns patient cost sharing with clinical value. His work on payment reform involves evaluation of bundled payment initiatives, including global payment models that include pay-for-performance components. Additional research explores the causes and consequences of rising health care spending and geographic variation in spending, spending growth, and quality.

Chernew is Vice Chair of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC), which is an independent agency established to advise the U.S. Congress on issues affecting the Medicare program. He is also a member of the Congressional Budget Office’s Panel of Health Advisors and The Commonwealth Foundation’s Commission on a High Performance Health Care System.


  • Vice Chair, Medicare Payment Advisory Commission, 2012-present
  • Panel of Health Advisors, Congressional Budget Office, 2009-present
  • Professor, Department of Health Care Policy, Harvard Medical School, 2006-present
  • Senior Associate Editor, Health Services Research, 2006-present
  • Professor, Department of Health Management and Policy, Department of Economics, The University of Michigan, 2004-2006
  • Co-Director, Robert Wood Johnson Scholars in Health Policy Research Program, Michigan site, 2002-2006
  • Associate Professor, Department of Internal Medicine, The University of Michigan, 2000-2006


Ph.D, economics, Stanford University

B.A., B.S., economics, University of Pennsylvania