Donald Berwick, Former Head of Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services


February 12, 2013

Donald M. Berwick is the former President and CEO of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), an organization that Dr. Berwick co-founded and led for 18 years. He is one of the nation’s leading authorities on health care quality and improvement. In July, 2010, President Obama appointed Dr. Berwick to the position of Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), which he held until December, 2011. He has also served as chair of the National Advisory Council of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; on the Board of Trustees of the American Hospital Association; and on President Clinton’s Advisory Commission on Consumer Protection and Quality in the Healthcare Industry. Dr. Berwick is at present a Lecturer in the Department of Health Care Policy at Harvard Medical School and a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress.