Professor, Health Policy and Management
A647 Crabtree Hall
Primary Phone: 967-193-2667
Health law and policy, malpractice reform, comparative effectiveness, delivery systems research
Everette James, JD, MBA is Associate Vice Chancellor for Health Policy and Planning, Schools of the Health Sciences, and Professor of Health Policy and Management, Graduate School of Public Health. James received his BA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his JD and MBA from the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago. Most recently, he served as the 25th Pennsylvania Secretary of Health and oversaw the regulation of all of the hospitals, nursing homes, and managed care plans in the Commonwealth. He was responsible for managing the Department of Health’s 1700 employees and nearly $1B annual budget, as well as for carrying out the disease surveillance and prevention programs that protect the health of Pennsylvania’s neediest citizens. He successfully implemented the statewide smoking ban, the most comprehensive law in the country to eliminate healthcare-acquired infections and new regulations ensuring independent, timely hearing of insurance claims and appeals.
Prior to his service as Secretary of Health, James was a partner in the Washington, DC, office of the Dewey, LeBoeuf law firm with a practice centered on insurance and healthcare corporate and regulatory matters. He also served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Service Industries and Finance at the U.S. Department of Commerce. James is responsible for advising the University and UPMC on health reform implementation and leads the collaborative Comparative Effectiveness Research program which compares the clinical effectiveness of treatments and services with a goal of determining “what works best” to efficiently improve health outcomes.
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