Donald M. Berwick

  • President (emeritus) Institute for Healthcare Improvement and U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid

Don Berwick is President Emeritus and Senior Fellow at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), an organization that he co-founded and led as President and CEO for 18 years. He also serves as Lecturer in the Department of Health Care Policy at Harvard Medical School. Don is one of the nation’s leading authorities on health care quality and improvement. In July 2010, President Obama appointment Don to the position of Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), a position he held until December 2011. A pediatrician by background, Don has served as Clinical Professor of Pediatrics and Health Care Policy at the Harvard Medical School, Professor of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard School of Public Health, and as a member of the staffs of Boston’s Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Massachusetts General Hospital, and the Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He served on President Clinton’s Advisory Commission on Consumer Protection and Quality in the Healthcare Industry. In 2005, he was appointed “Honorary Knight Commander of the British Empire” by the Queen of England in recognition of his work with the British National Health Service. Don is the author of over 160 scientific articles and 5 books. He earned his BA, MD and MPP from Harvard University.