In 2000, on the occasion of his 50th reunion from Harvard Law School, Marshall J. Seidman provided an endowment to the Department of Health Care Policy to support research related to health care costs and quality and to develop a university-wide endowed lecture series. Mr. Seidman was particularly interested in activities related to improving health policy at the federal and state levels.

Research activities at HCP have been largely centered around the Marshall J. Seidman Fellowship Program. This program identifies promising recent PhD graduates and invites them to join HCP. The selection of fellows is competitive, with candidates often coming from universities outside Harvard and then joining HCP to work with faculty members. Through this work, they are able to advance their research skills and increase their employment capital. Currently, senior faculty members Mary Beth Landrum and David C. Grabowski oversee the program.

The first Seidman fellows entered HCP in 2015, and have recently joined faculties at New York University, RAND, and the University of Pittsburgh. The second cohort of Seidman fellows started at HCP in the summer of 2017.  Each year, the department makes awards to several individuals.

Past fellows have worked in many areas, including the effects of market share on prices, the impact of Medicaid on usage, the impact of Maryland’s global budgeting program, and the effects of the 340b drug-discount program.

The first Seidman fellows joined HCP in summer 2015, and moved on in summer 2017. A new cohort of Seidman fellows began their terms at HCP over the summer of 2017. Wenjia Zhu, is mentored by Nicole Maestas, joins HCP from the Becker Friedman Institute at the University of Chicago. Andrew Wilcock, who comes from the University of Minnesota, is mentored by McWilliams and Mehrotra.

 

Lecture Series

The Marshall J. Seidman lecture series has been held annually since 2001 with a health care policy expert from outside Harvard University providing insight on a current topic relevant to health care costs, quality, or improvements.

Past Lectures:

Joseph R. Antos and Len M. Nichols 2017 Debating the Political and Policy Landscape of Health Reform

Peter V. Lee 2016 Covered California: Improving the Affordability and Access of Health Care

Douglas Elmendorf  2015 Next Steps for Federal Health Care Policy

Leemore Dafny 2014 Healthcare Provider Consolidation: Facts, Myths, and Unknowns

Joshua M. Sharfstein 2013 Lashed to the Mast: Navigating through Health Care Policy, Politics, and Reform in 2014 and Beyond

Senator Tom Daschle 2012 The Affordable Care Act: A New Paradigm for Health Care in America; A Review of the Challenges that Lie Ahead and What It Will Take to Succeed

Alan Weil 2011 Can American Federalism Survive Health Reform?

Mark Vincent Pauly 2010 Caution: Do Not Try This at Home without Adult Supervision--Cost Sharing in Insurance

Alan M. Garber 2009 The Real Promise of Comparative Effectiveness Research

Peter R. Orszag 2008 New Ideas about Human Behavior in Economics and Medicine

Mark B. McClellan 2007 Improving Quality and Value for Medicare Beneficiaries

Zach W. Hall 2006 California Institute for Regenerative Medicine

William H. Frist 2005 Manhattan Project for the 21st Century

President Emeritus Lawrence H. Summers 2004

Health Care and Economics: What Can We Learn?

Gail R. Wilensky 2003 1991 Revisited – Can We Be Smarter the Second Time Around?

Victor R. Fuchs 2002 Non-Medical Determinants of Health

Robert D. Reischauer 2001 Hard to Swallow: Prescription Drug Coverage for Medicare