Donald Berwick, one of the nation’s leading authorities on healthcare quality and improvement and former professor of health policy and management at Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH), has announced his candidacy for Massachusetts governor. Berwick is former president and CEO of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, an organization he co-founded and led for 18 years. From July 2010 to December 2011, Berwick served under President Obama as Administrator of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, an agency that runs health programs insuring nearly one-third of all Americans. Currently he is a lecturer in the Department of Healthcare Policy at Harvard Medical School and a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress.
Last February, Berwick expressed his interest in the governorship during a Decision-Making: Voices from the Field talk at HSPH. “In D.C., I was so amazed by what government can do,” Berwick said at the time. “Government is the place where we come together to do things that we can’t do otherwise, and it’s the place where people get protected.”