On July 7, 2010, President Obama appointed Donald Berwick, MD, MPP, to serve as the Administrator of CMS through a recess appointment. Dr. Berwick is the first pediatrician to lead Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), and previously served as President and CEO of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping accelerate the pace of improvement of the health care systems in the United States and Canada. He was a practicing pediatrician at the Harvard Community Health Plan, an Associate in Pediatrics at the Children's Hospital in Boston, and a Consultant in Pediatrics at Massachusetts General Hospital. He was also Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the Harvard Medical School, and Adjunct Associate Professor of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Berwick holds a BA degree from Harvard College, a MA of Public Policy degree from the John F. Kennedy School of Government, and a MD degree from Harvard Medical School.
On June 22, 2010, Dr. Sherry Glied was confirmed as the new HHS Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE). She previously served as professor and chair of the Department of Health Policy and Management at Columbia University where her principal areas of research were in health policy reform and mental healthcare policy. She served as a senior economist for healthcare and labor market policy to the President's Council of Economic Advisers, under both President Bush and President Clinton. In the latter part of her term, she was a participant in President Clinton's Health Care Task Force. She is an author of recently published articles and reports on managed care, women's health, child health, and health insurance expansions. She holds a PhD from Harvard University, MA from the University of Toronto, MA and BA from Yale University.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services also announced the appointment of Marilyn J. Keefe, MPH, as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Population Affairs (DASPA). As Deputy Assistant Secretary, she will manage operations and activities of the Office of Population Affairs (OPA) and its components, coordinate long-range planning; and guide program development. Ms. Keefe joins OPHS after having most recently served as the Director of Reproductive Health Programs for the National Partnership for Women & Families, an organization which promotes women’s health issues, access to affordable health care, and workplace fairness. Previously, Ms. Keefe served for 13 years as Vice President for Public Policy at the National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association (NFPRHA). Prior to joining NFPRHA, Ms. Keefe worked at HHS as a program analyst for four years, with special emphasis on the Medicare and Medicaid programs. Ms. Keefe earned a MPH degree with a concentration in population dynamics from Johns Hopkins University in 1993; a MA in Public Policy degree from the University of Chicago in 1986; and a BA in English from Columbia University in 1980.