Dr. Alan Garber is the founding director of both the Center for Health Policy (CHP) and the Center for Primary Care and Outcomes Research (PCOR) at Stanford University, where he is the Henry J. Kaiser Jr. Professor; a professor of medicine; and professor, by courtesy, of economics and of health research and policy. His research focuses on methods for improving health care delivery and financing, particularly for the elderly, in settings of limited resources. He has developed methods for determining the cost-effectiveness of health interventions, and he studies ways to structure financial and organizational incentives to ensure that cost-effective care is delivered. In addition, his research explores how clinical practice patterns and healthcare market characteristics influence technology adoption, health expenditures and health outcomes in the United States and other countries. He leads the Global Healthcare Productivity project, which includes collaborators from 19 nations. He is also principal investigator of the Center for Demography and Economics of Health and Aging at Stanford University, funded by the National Institute on Aging.
Garber is a staff physician at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System, associate director of the VA Center for Health Care Evaluation, and research associate and director of the health care program of the National Bureau of Economic Research. He has served as a consultant to the Institute of Medicine, the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment, and the Clinical Efficacy Assessment Project of the American College of Physicians, and has also served as chair of the Medical and Surgical Procedures Panel of the Medicare Coverage Advisory Committee (under the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services). He is a member of the national Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association Medical Advisory Panel, the American Society for Clinical Investigation, the Association of American Physicians, the Institute of Medicine, and the National Advisory Council on Aging (under the National Institutes of Health).
He received an A.B., M.S. and Ph.D. -- all in economics -- from Harvard University, and an M.D. from the Stanford School of Medicine. He completed a residency in medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital.