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Eugene C. Rich, M.D. FACP
Eugene C. Rich MD FACP
Senior Fellow and Director
Center on Health Care Effectiveness
Mathematica Policy Research
600 Maryland Ave SW Suite 550
Washington, DC 20024
Clinical Professor of Medicine, Creighton University School of Medicine
Contributed-Service Faculty, Center for Health Policy and Ethics
The Center on Health Care Effectiveness
Eugene C. Rich, M.D., FACP, received his medical degree from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri in 1977. He subsequently completed residency in internal medicine and a fellowship in general internal medicine at the University of Minnesota Hospitals in Minneapolis, Minnesota, completing his training in 1982. Dr Rich served as faculty member at the University of Minnesota School of Medicine and School of Public Health until 1989 when he became Chief of the Division of General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine. In 1996, he moved to Creighton University School of Medicine, serving as Chair of Creighton's Department of Medicine from April 1996 through August 2006. Dr Rich also served as Director of the Center for Practice Improvement and Outcomes Research at Creighton University Medical Center from 1996 through 2004.
Throughout his career, Dr. Rich has been active in research, academic administration, and public policy concerning medical education and health care. His research explores the influence of the practice environment on health professional decision-making with a particular focus on practice variation in general medical care. He is the author of over 100 publications in this area. Honors include the Academy for Health Services Research and Health Policy's 2001 Article of the Year Award. Dr Rich has been a frequent consultant to federal agencies, foundations, and managed care organizations.
He served as Medical Director of the UniNet Healthcare Network, overseeing clinical integration, and care management activities for this 6 hospital/1000 physician PHO from 1999 to 2004. His recent national leadership roles include Presidency of the Society of General Internal Medicine, representative to the AAMC Council of Academic Societies, Board member for the Association of Professors of Medicine, and member of the Education Financing Committee of the Academic Alliance for Internal Medicine.
He has a longstanding interest in national health care policy, has served on a variety of relevant national committees and work groups, and has published on health care policy issues of interest to Academic Health Centers. Recent service includes member of Family History Work Group of the CDC's Office of Genomics and Disease Prevention, member of the Health Care Research Training Study Section for AHRQ, and Chair of the Advisory Committee on Training in Primary Care Medicine and Dentistry for HRSA. As a 2007 Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellowship Dr Rich served with the Health subcommittee staff of the House Committee on Ways and Means. Among his accomplishments on the Hill, Dr Rich staffed the Ways and Means Committee work on legislation to expand Federal initiatives in comparative effectiveness research. In 2008 Dr Rich continued on assignment to the NIH, serving as Senior Advisor for Program Outreach and Coordination to NCRR as well as working with the NIH Director's Office of Science Policy Analysis on effectiveness research policy options, among other issues. In 2009 he was a Scholar in Residence at the AAMC, where he focused on issues related to comparative effectiveness research, as well as on clinical and translational science.
Focusing the next phase of his career on DC-based health policy work, in January 2010 he became a Senior Fellow at Mathematica Policy Research where he directs the Center on Health Care Effectiveness. He remains a Clinical Professor of Medicine at Creighton University School of Medicine as well as Contributed Services Faculty in the Creighton Center for Health Policy and Ethics.