Douglas McCarthy, president of Issues Research, has 25 years of experience in public- and private-sector research, policymaking and management. He has consulted on projects for corporations, foundations, and universities. He currently serves as a senior research advisor to the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and the Commonwealth Fund of New York City.
Before founding Issues Research, Doug was director of public policy at UnitedHealth Group and a research director in its Center for Health Care Policy and Evaluation, where he implemented quality evaluation tools in health plans. He began his career as an internal consultant for a local government, where he supported quality improvement through operations research and information systems development.
He has authored or co-authored reports and articles on a range of topics including health care quality and safety, information privacy, technology assessment, corporate philanthropy, regulatory reform, and public performance reporting (see the publications page).
Doug received his bachelorís degree with honors from Yale College and a masterís degree in health care management from the University of Connecticut. During 1996-97, he was a public policy fellow at the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota.