Edward Hughes

Edward Hughes, MD

Leading Expert on National Health Policy
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Edward F.X. Hughes, MD, M.P.H., is Professor of Health Industry Management and Management and Strategy in the Kellogg School of Management and Professor of Preventive Medicine in The Medical School, Northwestern University. He first came to Northwestern in 1977 as the founding Director of the University's Center for Health Services and Policy Research, now the Institute for Health Services Research and Policy Studies, and served as its Director for 18 years. A native of Boston, Dr. Hughes is a graduate of The Boston Latin School, Amherst College, Harvard Medical School and Columbia University School of Public Health. He trained originally in general surgery at the Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center in the City of New York. Prior to coming to Northwestern, he was for seven and one half years associated with the National Bureau of Economic Research and the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine also in the City of New York.

Under Dr. Hughes' leadership, the Center for Health Services and Policy Research, a University-wide entity with five programs of active interdisciplinary research, grew from its founding in 1977 to be one of the most highly regarded, University-based health services research Centers in the United States. Its five programs included: Health Care Policy and Financing, Long Term Care, Organization Behavior in Health, the Multi-Purpose Arthritis Center at Northwestern, and the Department of Veterans Affairs HSR&D Field Station in collaboration with the Edward A. Hines, Jr. VA Hospital.

Dr. Hughes is particularly interested in the elaboration of national health policy, in the efficient utilization of resources in the delivery of health care, and in the future directions of our health system. Within the Center, he was co-director of the Program in Health Care Policy and Financing and was for five and one half years Principal Investigator of the HCFA "Policy Center" at Northwestern. He was also Special Advisor to the V.A. Field Station and for many years served as the Director of the Non-Biomedical Component of the Multipurpose Arthritis Center. Simultaneous with being Center Director, Dr. Hughes served for three years as the Director of the Program in Health Services Management in the Kellogg School. The Program was recently chosen by U.S. News and World Report as one of the two highest-ranking health management program in the United States. Dr. Hughes is also the originator of Northwestern's Joint M.D./Masters of Management Degree Program, one of the first programs of its kind in the United States. In addition, to the best of our knowledge, Dr. Hughes is the first physician to be a tenured professor in a School of Management in the U. S.

Dr. Hughes is one of the five co-founders of the Association for Health Services Research, a charter member of its Board of Directors, and served as its first Vice President. He has also served as a member of the Board of Directors of The Association of Teachers of Preventive Medicine. He was the founding Editor of "HMO/PPO Trends," is a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of "Medical Interface;" "Health Business Digest;" and Group Health News. He is the Editor of the book, Perspectives on Quality in American Health Care, published by McGraw-Hill. He was chosen by Faulkner and Gray's Health Information Center as a charter member of "The Health Care 500," now "The Health Care 1500," a directory of the most influential Americans in the field of health policy. He was also chosen as a charter member of the "Managed Care 1500." In October 1999, the Pharmaceutical Care Management Association awarded Dr. Hughes "The Latiolais Honor Medal," the highest honor in Managed Healthcare. He possesses a distinguished record of publications and is a consultant to numerous health care organizations.

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