Gail R. Wilensky

Gail R. Wilensky, is an economist and senior fellow at Project HOPE, an international health foundation. Previously, 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.   More

Wilensky also serves as a trustee of the combined benefits fund of the United Mine Workers of America and the National Opinion Research Center. She is on the Board of Regents of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS), the Visiting Committee of the Harvard Medical School, and the Board of Directors of the Geisinger Health System Foundation. She is an elected member of the Institute 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. She is also a director of Brainscope, Quest Diagnostics, and United HealthGroup. Wilensky testifies frequently 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.

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