Stuart Altman

Sol C. Chaikin Professor of National Health Policy

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Office: Heller-Brown Building 214
Phone: 781-736-3803
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Healthcare economics and policy; healthcare industry reform, Medicare


  • HS 104b - American Health Care
  • HS 513a - Issues in National Health Policy


  • University of California, Los Angeles
  • University of California, Los Angeles
  • City College of New York

Stuart Altman

Sol C. Chaikin Professor of National Health Policy


Stuart Altman, Ph.D.

Dr. Stuart Altman, Sol C. Chaikin Professor of National Health Policy at The Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University, is an economist with five decades of experience. He has demonstrated leadership in health care through service on numerous government advisory boards, including service for Planning and Evaluation/Health at the U.S. Department of Health Education and Welfare (HEW), for the Prospective Payment Assessment Commission (ProPac), and for the National Bipartisan Commission on the Future of Medicare. In November 2012, Governor Deval Patrick appointed Dr. Altman to chair Massachusetts’ Health Policy Commission.

Dr. Altman has been recognized as a leader in the health care field by Health Affairs and by Modern Healthcare, which has named him among the 30 most influential people in health policy over the previous 30 years, and one of the top 100 most powerful people in health care. He has served on the Board of Directors of several for-profit and not-for-profit companies and is a published author of numerous books and journal articles.

Awards and Honors

  • Interim Director of Schneider Institutes for Health Policy (2015)
  • Graham Life Time Achievement Award in Health Services Research (May 2014) (2014)
  • Chairman, Health Policy Commission, Commonwealth of Massachusetts (2012)
  • Modern Health Care’s 100 Most Powerful People in Health Care (2010)
  • Distinguished Investigator's Award, Academy Health (2004)
  • 100 Most Powerful People in Health Care, Modern Health Care (2003 - 2008)
  • Co-Chair of the Government/Legislative Health Care Task Force for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts (2000 - 2004)
  • Person of the Year, Medicine and Health, in recognition of "courageous stand" on the Medicare Commission (1999)
  • US BiPartisan Commission on the Future of Medicare (1997 - 1999)
  • American Association of Medical Colleges Special Recognition Award (1996 - 1997)
  • Honorary Fellow, American College of Health Care Executives (1996 - 1997)
  • Member, Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences (1996)
  • Chair, Advisory Board, MA Savings Lives Program, Commonwealth Fund (1988 - 1989)
  • President, National Foundation Health Services Research (1985 - 1986)
  • Chair, U.S. Congress Prospective Payment Assessment Commission (ProPAC) (1984 - 1996)
  • President, Association for Health Services Research (1983 - 1985)
  • Deputy Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation/Health Policy, U. S. Dept. of Health, Education and Welfare, Washington, DC (1971 - 1976)


  • Altman, Stuart (co-author). "Redestribution and Redesign in Health Care: An Ebbing Tide in England versus Growing Concerns in the United States." Health Economics (2017). (forthcoming)
  • Altman, Stuart and Mechanic, R.. "Limited Health Care Spending Growth Will Force Providers to Develop More Cost-Effective Delivery Systems." FutureScan 2015: Health Care Trends and Implications 2015-2020 (2016).
  • Altman, Stuart. "Should Israel be concerned by the high proportion of medical care paid for privately: comments from a U.S. perspective." Israel Journal of Health Policy Research 5. 11 (2016).
  • Altman, Stuart with E. Emanuel et al.. "A Systemic Approach to Containing Health Care Spending." New England Journal of Medicine Election 2012. (2012):
  • Altman, Stuart, with Rob Mechanic and John McDonough. "The New Era of Payment Reform, Spending Targets, and Cost Containment in Massachusetts: Early Lessons for the Nation.." Health Affairs 31. 10 (2012): 2334-2342.
  • Altman, Stuart. "The Lessons of Medicare's Prospective Payment System Show That The Bundled Payment Program Faces Challenges.." Health Affairs 31. 9 (2012): 1923-1931.
  • Altman, Stuart and David Shactman.. Power, Politics, and Universal Health Care: The Inside Story of a Century-Long Battle. Amherst, NY: Prometheus Books, 2011.
  • Altman, Stuart and Rob Mechanic. "Medicare’s Opportunity to Encourage Innovation in Health Care Delivery." New England Journal of Medicine 362. 9 (2010): 772-774.
  • Altman, Stuart and Rob Mechanic. "Payment Reform Options: Episode Payment Is A Good Place to Start." Health Affairs, 28. 1 (2010): w262-w271.
  • Altman, Stuart. "Legacy of Practicality, Compromise." Modern Healthcare 7. 39 (2010): 16.
  • Altman, Stuart and Michael Doonan. "Healthcare Insurance: The Massachusetts Plan." The Business of Healthcare: Improving Systems of Care. vol. 3, 2008
  • Altman, Stuart. "A cure for spiraling healthcare costs." The Boston Globe
  • Altman, Stuart. "We need his influence not his plan." Modern Healthcare (2007).
  • Altman, Stuart. Will the US Continue to Allocate a Greater Portion of the GDP to Healthcare?. Federal Reserve Board Boston Chapter. Boston: 2007.
  • Altman, Stuart. "A Message to Governor-Elect Patrick: Help Lower Private Health Insurance Premiums." The Boston Globe Op E
  • Altman, Stuart. "Can Massachusetts Lead the Way in Health Care Reform." New England Journal of Medicine (2006).
  • Altman, Stuart; Chris Tompkins and Efrat Eilat. "The Precarious Hospital Pricing System." Health Affairs 25. 1 (2006): 45-56.
  • Altman, Stuart; David Shactman and Efrat Eilat. "MIssions vs. Market: Could US Hospitals Go The Way Of US Airline." Health Affairs 25. 1 (2006): 11-21.
  • Altman, Stuart and David Shactman. "More Beds for Boomers." Modern Healthcare (2004).
  • Altman, Stuart; David Shactman and Efrat Eilat. The Outlook for U. S Hospitals: Forces Driving Spending Growth and Revenue Constraints and Their Implications for Israel. 2004.
  • Altman, Stuart, co-edited with Uwe Reinhardt, ed. Strategic Choices for a Changing Health Care System. Chicago IL; Health Administration Press, 1996.
  • Altman, Stuart, co-ed. Charles Brecher, Mary Henderson & K. Thorp, ed. Competition and Compassion: Conflicting Roles for Hospitals. Ann Arbor MI, 1989.
  • Altman, Stuart, with Joanna Lion & Judith LaVor Williams. Ambulatory Care: Problems of Cost and Access. Lexington Books, 1983.
  • Altman, Stuart, co-ed. Harvey Sapoksly Lexington. Federal Health Problems: Problems and Prospects. MA; Lexington Books, 1981.