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David Cutler, Director
David Cutler is Director of the Program for Health Systems Improvement. He is currently the Otto Eckstein Professor of Applied Economics in the department of economics and Kennedy School of Government and recently completed a five-year term as associate dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences for Social Sciences. Professor Cutler served as Assistant Professor of Economics from 1991 to 1995, was named John L. Loeb Associate Professor of Social Sciences in 1995, and received tenure in 1997.

Professor Cutler served on the Council of Economic Advisers and the National Economic Council during the Clinton Administration and was senior health care advisor to Barack Obama's Presidential campaign.  Professor Cutler also advised the Presidential campaign of Bill Bradley. Among other affiliations, Professor Cutler has held positions with the National Institutes of Health and the National Academy of Sciences. Currently, Professor Cutler is a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research and a member of the Institute of Medicine.

Professor Cutler is the author of Your Money Or Your Life: Strong Medicine for America's Health Care System, published by Oxford University Press. This book, and Professor Cutler's ideas, were the subject of a feature article in the New York Times Magazine, The Quality Cure, by Roger Lowenstein. Cutler was recently named one of the 30 people who could have a powerful impact on healthcare by Modern Healthcare magazine and one of the 50 most influential men aged 45 and younger by Details magazine.

Karla Pollick, Executive Director
Karla Pollick is the Executive Director of the Harvard Interfaculty Program for Health Systems Improvement. Prior to assuming this position, Ms. Pollick served as the Director for Planning and Development in the Partners Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, working directly with the Chair and Chiefs for Orthopaedic Surgery at the Brigham and Womenís and Massachusetts General Hospitals on joint initiatives, faculty recruitment, research planning, service line planning and resident education. From 1986 through 1998, she worked at Harvard Medical School, first in the Planning Department and then as Chief of Staff to Dean Daniel Tosteson. She worked closely with the Deanís senior executive team to shape and oversee the implementation of complex initiatives, including select fundraising projects. Ms. Pollickís professional experience also includes work as a planner at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach, and in medical education and quality assurance at the George Washington University Health Plan. Ms. Pollick received a Masters degree in Health Care Administration, with an emphasis in planning and policy, from George Washington University and an undergraduate degree from the University of California, Berkeley.

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