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Stuart Altman, Ph.D.


Stuart Altman is the  Sol C. Chaikin Professor of National Health Policy at Brandeis University. Dr. Altman also serves as chair of the Health Industry Forum and the chair of the Council on the Economic Impact of Health System Change. He is an economist whose research interests are primarily in the area of federal and state health policy. 

In June 2004, he was awarded the AcademyHealth Distinguished Investigator Award, and for the past four years Modern Healthcare named him among the 100 Most Powerful People in Healthcare.  In 1997, he was appointed by President Clinton to the National Bipartisan Commission on the Future of Medicare. 

Professor Altman previously served as interim President of Brandeis University from 1990-1991, and as Dean of The Heller School for Social Policy & Management from 1977 until July 1993, and again from 2005 until June 2008.

He served as the Chairman of the congressionally legislated Prospective Payment Assessment Commission for twelve years.  ProPac was responsible for advising the U.S. Congress and the Administration on the functioning of the Medicare Diagnostic Related Group (DRG) Hospital Payment System and other system reforms. 

Professor Altman is a member of The Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and their Committee on the Future of Emergency Care in the United States. He has an M.A. and Ph.D. degree in Economics from UCLA and taught at Brown University and the Graduate School of Public Policy at University of California at Berkeley.