Mark McClellan, MD, PhD
Senior Health Policy Advisor
Professor, Internal Medicine
Dr. Mark McClellan, is Senior Health Policy Advisor for the Dell Medical School at The University of Texas at Austin. McClellan, the former head of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, works on health policy reform initiatives with colleagues at the medical school and across the UT campus.
Also serving as director of the Robert J. Margolis Center for Health Policy at Duke University, McClellan leads a collaboration between Duke and UT Austin, building on the strengths and population health interests of both institutions.
At the federal level, McClellan oversaw the development of the federal Medicare prescription drug benefit, the FDA’s Critical Path Initiative, and public-private initiatives focused on reforms creating value in health and health care. Most recently, he was a senior fellow and director of the Health Care Innovation and Value Initiatives at the Brookings Institution. McClellan grew up in Austin and graduated from the Plan II Honors program at UT Austin.
He previously served as a member of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers and as senior director for health care policy at the White House, and he was an associate professor of economics and medicine at Stanford University. He earned an M.D. from the Harvard University–Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Division of Health Sciences and Technology, a Ph.D. in economics from MIT, and an M.P.A. from Harvard University. He is board-certified in internal medicine and has been a practicing internist during his career.
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