Gail R. Wilensky, Ph.D. is an economist and senior fellow at Project HOPE, an international health foundation. She also co-chairs the Bipartisan Policy Center’s initiative on the future of health care and helped organize the Convergence group’s Health Reform Roundtable. She directed the Medicare and Medicaid programs and served in the White House as a senior adviser on health and welfare issues to President George H. W. Bush. She was also the first chair of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission. Her expertise is on strategies to reform health care, with particular emphasis on Medicare, comparative effectiveness research and military health care.
Dr. Wilensky currently serves as a trustee of the Combined Benefits Fund of the United Mine Workers of America and the National Opinion Research Center, is on the Board of Regents of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS) and the Board of Directors of the Geisinger Health System Foundation. She is also a director on Quest Diagnostics and United Health Group boards. She is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine and has served two terms on its governing council. She is a former chair of the board of directors of Academy Health, a former trustee of the American Heart Association and a current or former director of numerous other non-profit organizations. Dr. Wilensky has testified many times before Congressional committees, serves as an adviser to members of Congress and other elected officials, and speaks nationally and internationally. She received a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a Ph.D. in economics at the University of Michigan and has received several honorary degrees.
Dr. Wilensky is the 2019 Recipient of The Adam Yarmolinsky Medal, awarded to a member of the National Academy of Medicine from a discipline outside the health and medical sciences, for distinguished services and multiple contribution to the mission of the NAM.