Stephen C. Schoenbaum

Stephen C. Schoenbaum, MD, MPH is the Special Advisor to the President of the Josiah Macy, Jr., Foundation. Dr. Schoenbaum works closely with President George E. Thibault, MD, to develop and manage the Foundationís programmatic and grant making activities, and advance the Foundationís mission to foster innovation in health professions education. Dr. Schoenbaum, who was most recently the Executive Vice President for Programs at the Commonwealth Fund, will took over the newly created position in 2011.

Regarded as one of the nationís thought leaders on health care quality improvement, Dr. Schoenbaum will brings a broad, seasoned perspective after spending more than 40 years in academic medicine, health care delivery, and philanthropy. For the past decade, Dr. Schoenbaum had been a principal officer at The Commonwealth Fund, a national foundation devoted to improving access to health care and health care quality. In his role as Executive Vice President for Programs, he oversaw a wide range of activities to improve health care quality. Schoenbaum was also Executive Director of the Fundís Commission on a High Performance Health System, which is charged with recommending practical, evidence-informed strategies to improve health care access, quality and efficiency.

Before joining the Commonwealth Fund, Dr. Schoenbaum spent 18 years as a health care executive, helping to develop the Harvard Community Health Plan as a national model of care. During this time, he was also instrumental in developing the Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS), a leading quality measurement tool. For 10 years prior, Dr. Schoenbaum was a faculty member at Brigham and Womanís Hospital in Boston. He is currently a Lecturer in the Harvard Medical Schoolís Department of Population Medicine, which he helped found.

Dr. Schoenbaum earned his bachelorís degree from Swarthmore College and his medical and public health degrees from Harvard University. He received further clinical training in internal medicine and infectious diseases in the Harvard system.

Dr. Schoenbaum is also vice-chairman of the board of the Picker Institute; chair of the International Advisory Committee to the Joyce and Irving Goldman Medical School, Ben Gurion University, Beer Sheva, Israel; and an honorary fellow of the Royal College of Physicians.


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