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Mark McClellan
Senior Fellow, AEI-Brookings Joint Center

 Mark McClellan

Mark Barr McClellan (born June 26, 1963) was sworn in as Administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in the United States Department of Health and Human Services on March 25, 2004. In this position, he was responsible for administering the Medicare and Medicaid programs. Following the resignation of Health & Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson in 2004, McClellan was mentioned as a possible replacement, but President Bush ultimately nominated former Utah governor Mike Leavitt. On September 5, 2006, McClellan announced his resignation from the post. He told The Associated Press he would be leaving the agency in about five weeks and would probably work for a think tank where he could write about improving health care in the United States. On October 16, 2006, the AEI-Brookings Joint Center announced that Mark McClellan would join as a visiting Senior Fellow.

Dr. McClellan previously served as Commissioner for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) beginning November 14, 2002. Originally from Austin, Texas, he is the brother of former White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan and the son of Texas comptroller Carole Keeton Strayhorn and attorney Barr McClellan.

Previously, Dr. McClellan was Associate Professor of Economics at Stanford University, Associate Professor of Medicine at Stanford Medical School, a practicing internist, and Director of the Program on Health Outcomes Research at Stanford University. He was also a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research and a Visiting Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. Additionally, he was a Member of the National Cancer Policy Board of the National Academy of Sciences, Associate Editor of the Journal of Health Economics, and co-Principal Investigator of the Health and Retirement Study (HRS), a longitudinal study of the health and economic well-being of older Americans. From 1998-99, he was Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy, where he supervised economic analysis and policy development on a wide range of domestic policy issues.

During 2001 and 2002, Dr. McClellan served in the White House. He was a Member of the President's Council of Economic Advisers, where he advised on domestic economic issues. He also served during this time as a senior policy director for health care and related economic issues for the White House.

Dr. McClellan’s research studies have focused on the economic and policy factors influencing medical treatment decisions and health outcomes; technological change in health care and its consequences for health and medical expenditures; and the relationship between health and economic well-being. He has previously served as a visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute; a member of the National Academy of Sciences' National Cancer Policy Board; associate editor of the Journal of Health Economics, and co-principal investigator of the Health and Retirement Study, a longitudinal study of the health and economic well-being of older Americans. During 2001 and 2002 he served in the White House as a senior policy director for health care and related economic issues. He has twice received the Arrow Award for Outstanding Research in Health Economics. He earned his PhD in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, his MD from the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology, and completed a residency in internal medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital.

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