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Karen Davis

2015 Conference Co-Chair

Karen Davis is currently the Eugene and Mildred Lipitz Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management, and Director of the Roger C. Lipitz Center for Integrated Health Care at the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University. A national leader in health policy, Davis is frequently consulted to provide guidance to individual members of Congress and the Administration on issues related to health care spending, delivery systems for the uninsured and the chronically ill, the Medicare program, and to offer her expertise on the impact of a high-performing health care system. With Sachin Jain and Susan Dentzer, she is co-chairing the Academy’s 27th Annual Conference, Medicare and Medicaid: The Next 50 Years, on January 28-29, 2015 in Washington, DC.

Prior to her position at Bloomberg, Davis served as President of The Commonwealth Fund, Chairman of the Department of Health Policy and Management at The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health Policy in the Department of Health and Human Services.  In addition, she was a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C., a visiting lecturer at Harvard University and an assistant professor of economics at Rice University.

Davis serves on the Board of Directors of the Geisinger Health System and Geisinger Health Plan and on the Board of Trustees of ProMedica Health System in Ohio. She is a member of the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured. She was elected to the Institute of Medicine in 1975, has served two terms on the IOM governing Council (1986-90 and 1997-2000), and was a member of the IOM Committee on Geographic Variation in Health Care Spending. She is also a former member of the Agency for Healthcare Quality and Research (AHRQ) National Advisory Council for Health Care Policy, Research and Evaluation of the Panel of Health Advisers for the Congressional Budget Office, and a past chairman of AcademyHealth.

Davis has received numerous domestic and international awards.  She is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine, the New York Academy of Medicine, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and recently received the Distinguished Service Award, the highest honor from the American Hospital Association. Davis was also awarded the Baxter-Alliance Foundation Prize for Health Services Research, the Healthcare Financial Management Association Board of Directors Award, and the Health Research and Educational Trust TRUST award. She is an honorary fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and the Royal College of Physicians.  She is also the recipient of a distinguished investigator award from AcademyHealth. In 2014, she was invited to join Senator Ben Cardin’s Health Advisory Group. Davis received her PhD in economics from Rice University. She has been a member of the National Academy of Social Insurance since 1990.