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Posted March 30, 2011

Health Care Expert Len Nichols to Speak at Law School


Len Nichols, an expert in national health policy, will speak at the Law School on Thursday as part of a series focused on health care reform.

Nichols, the director of the Center for Health Policy Research and Ethics and a professor at George Mason University, will present “Making Real Health Reform Work” at 6:10 p.m. in Withers-Brown Hall room 102. The Law School’s Sadie Lewis Webb Program in Law and Biomedicine is sponsoring the event, which is open to the public.

“Nichols is an inspiring speaker who makes a moral case for health reform,” said Professor Mimi Riley, who organized the event. “At the same time, he is one of the few analysts in Washington that maintains the respect and engagement of elected officials from both sides of the aisle.” 

Most recently, Nichols has advised the Virginia Health Reform Initiative, led by Secretary of Health and Human Resources Bill Hazel, and produced a report that provides a roadmap for implementation of health reform in Virginia.

Nichols specializes in bridging the worlds of health economics and health services research for health system stakeholders and clinical leaders, elected and appointed policy officials and journalists. He founded and directed Health CEOs for Health Reform, and has testified frequently before Congress and state legislatures, published widely in a variety of health journals and is a popular public speaker on health policy and politics.

Nichols has also served as the director of the Health Policy Program at the New America Foundation, the vice president of the Center for Studying Health System Change, a principal research associate at the Urban Institute, senior advisor for health policy at the Office of Management and Budget during the Clinton Administration’s health reform effort, and chair of the economics department at Wellesley College.  

He has advised the World Bank and the Pan American Health Organization, as well as various state governments and departments of the U.S. government.