Health law and policy, malpractice reform, comparative effectiveness, delivery systems research
Everette James is a professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Graduate School of Public Health as well as Associate Vice Chancellor for Health Policy and Planning for the Schools of the Health Sciences. James also serves as director of the University of Pittsburgh’s Health Policy Institute (HPI) and executive director of the Stern Center for Evidence-Based Policy where he manages the day-to-day operations and works with government, foundation and business funders to support the Institute’s research and programs.
Before joining Pitt, 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, and chaired and served on many statewide boards and commissions including the Pennsylvania Health Policy Board, Health Research Advisory Committee and Health Care Cost Containment Council. He was responsible for carrying out the disease surveillance and prevention programs that protect the health of Pennsylvania’s neediest citizens. As Senior Advisor for Health and Pensions to the Governor of Pennsylvania and then as Secretary of Health, James formulated policy, drafted and negotiated legislation and implemented laws and regulations including the state’s first smoking ban (Clean Indoor Air Act), healthcare-associated infection law (Act 52), regulations expanding health professionals’ scope of practice and new nutrition and physical activity standards for Pennsylvania school children aimed at reducing the prevalence of childhood obesity.
Prior to his service to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, James was a partner in the Washington, D.C 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.
Professor James’ research interests center around his state and federal public policy experience in health law and regulation, cost-effectiveness and translational health services research. 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.