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Murray N. Ross, PhD

Senior Lecturer

Dr. Murray N. Ross is Vice President and Director of the Institute for Health Policy at Kaiser Permanente. He brings 30 years of experience as a healthcare finance and policy leader, with expertise in synthesizing and communicating the practical implications of market developments and public policies. His research, presentations, and articles have explored topics such as health insurance and healthcare reform; Medicare; paying for graduate medical education; and wages, income, and employment.

Education and Training

  • BS, Arizona State University
  • MA, University of Maryland, College Park
  • PhD, University of Maryland, College Park


Selected Prior Positions

1985-1988 Research Associate
American Enterprise Institute
1988-1994 Principal Analyst
Health and Human Resources Division, Congressional Budget Office
1995-1998 Chief, Health Cost Estimates Unit
Budget Analysis Division, Congressional Budget Office
1998-2002 Executive Director
Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC)
2002-present Director
Kaiser Permanente Institute for Health Policy
2002-present Vice President
Vice President and Director of the Institute for Health Policy at Kaiser Permanente

Selected Publications

Peer-reviewed research manuscripts

  • Ross M, Schiotz M et al. Something is amiss in Denmark: A comparison of preventable hospitalisations and readmissions for chronic medical conditions in the Danish Healthcare system and Kaiser Permanente. BMC Health Services Research 2011; 11:347.
  • Ross M, Fegraus LH. Sovaldi, Harvoni, and Why It’s Different This Time. Health Affairs blog posted November 21, 2014.
  • Ross M. A Wannabe Winemaker Plots the Path to a New Health Care Delivery System. Health Affairs blog, posted April 28, 2015.
  • Ross M. Reaching Beyond Delivery System Walls to Improve Colorectal Cancer Screening. Health Affairs blog, posted March 24, 2017.
  • Ross M. Stemming the Tide of Prescription Opioid Overuse, Misuse, and Abuse. Health Affairs blog, posted September 22, 2017.