Eric Schneider, M.D., M.Sc., is senior vice president for policy and research at The Commonwealth Fund, a national philanthropy engaged in independent research on health and social policy issues. A member of The Commonwealth Fund’s executive management team, Dr. Schneider provides strategic guidance to the organization’s research on topics in policy, health services delivery, and public health as well as scientific review of its initiatives, proposals, projects, and publications.
Trained in primary care general internal medicine and health services research, Dr. Schneider is among the nation’s leading health services researchers. His research has spanned health policy, quality measurement, quality improvement, delivery system innovation, primary care, health information technology, program evaluation, clinical sciences, and the effects of health insurance and access to care for vulnerable populations. Prior to joining the Fund, Dr. Schneider was principal researcher at the RAND Corporation and he held the RAND Distinguished Chair in Health Care Quality. In 2009, he was the first director of RAND’s Boston office, building a highly successful multidisciplinary health services research team. From 1997, he was faculty of Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Public Health where he taught health policy and quality improvement in health care and practiced primary care internal medicine at the Jen Center for Primary Care at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.
Dr. Schneider has held several leadership roles including editor-in-chief of the International Journal for Quality in Health Care, co-chair of the Committee for Performance Measurement of the National Committee for Quality Assurance, member of the editorial board of the National Quality Measures and Guidelines Clearinghouses sponsored by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, as a member of the scientific advisory board of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, as chair of the Performance Measurement Committee of the American College of Physicians, and as a methodologist on the executive committee of the Physician Consortium for Performance Improvement of the American Medical Association.
Dr. Schneider holds a B.S., cum laude, in Biology from Columbia University, an M.Sc. from the University of California, Berkeley, and an M.D. from the University of California, San Francisco. He is an elected fellow of the American College of Physicians.