Barbara J. McNeil, MD
Barbara J. McNeil, MD, PhD, is the Ridley Watts Professor and Founding Head of the Department of Health Care Policy at Harvard Medical School. She is also a Professor of Radiology at Harvard Medical School and at Brigham and Women's Hospital.
Dr. McNeil's research activities have focused on several areas, most notably technology assessment and quality of care. Her most recent work includes two large studies supported by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The first focused on a comparison of the quality of care for veterans with cardiac disease with the care provided to Medicare beneficiaries seen in private settings. The report led to many changes in the care of veterans. As a result of that study, she and her colleagues completed a similar study on cancer care. She and colleagues from Abt Associates are now evaluating the extent to which the infrastructure for research in the VA matches the needs of its investigators. With colleagues from Boston Children's Hospital, she is examining the impact of global payments in Massachusetts on the care of children.
Dr. McNeil works closely with the national Blue Cross Blue Shield Association. She evaluates the success of their activities related to the identification and dissemination of approaches to improving care. She is also a member of the Medical Advisory Committee for the Technology Evaluation Commission.
Dr. McNeil received her AB degree from Emmanuel College, her MD from Harvard Medical School, and her PhD from Harvard University. She is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. McNeil is now vice chair of the Nuclear and Radiation Studies Board of the National Academy of Sciences. She also serves on the Board of Directors of Edwards Lifesciences.