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Eric Schneider

Senior Vice President for Policy and Research at The Commonwealth Fund

Eric Schneider, M.D., M.Sc., is senior vice president for policy and research at The Commonwealth Fund, a national philanthropy engaged in independent research on health and social policy issues. A member of The Commonwealth Fund’s executive management team, Dr. Schneider provides strategic guidance to the organization's research on topics in policy, health services delivery, and public health as well as scientific review of initiatives, grants, projects, and publications.  He is a member of the board of AcademyHealth.  

Trained in primary care general internal medicine and health services research, Dr. Schneider is among the nation’s leading health services researchers. His research has spanned health policy, quality measurement, quality improvement, delivery system innovation, primary care, health information technology, program evaluation, clinical sciences, and the effects of health insurance and access to care for vulnerable populations. Prior to joining the Fund, Dr. Schneider was principal researcher at the RAND Corporation and he held the RAND Distinguished Chair in Health Care Quality. In 2009, he was the first director of RAND’s Boston office, building a highly successful multidisciplinary health services research team.  From 1997 to 2015 he was a professor and researcher at the Harvard School of Public Health and Harvard Medical School, teaching health policy and quality improvement in health care and practicing primary care internal medicine at the Jen Center for Primary Care at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Dr. Schneider holds a B.S., cum laude, in Biology from Columbia University, an M.Sc. from the University of California, Berkeley, and an M.D. from the University of California, San Francisco. He has been elected to fellowship in both the American College of Physicians and the National Academy of Social Insurance.

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