Gail Wilensky, Ph.D.

A recognized authority on global healthcare policy and economics, Dr. Gail Wilensky is a senior fellow at Project HOPE, where she analyzes and develops policies relating to health reform and ongoing changes in the medical marketplace.  In addition, Dr. Wilensky is the President of the Defense Health Board (DHB), a Federal advisory board to the Secretary of Defense providing independent scientific advice on matters relating to operational programs, health policy development, health research programs, and requirements for the treatment and prevention of disease and injury.   She also chairs the DHB’s Health Care Delivery Subcommittee, which focuses on ensuring optimal health care and health care delivery across the military health system.

Previously, Dr. Wilensky was Deputy Assistant to President George H.W. Bush for Policy Development, advising him on health and welfare issues. She has also served as Administrator of the Health Care Financing Administration, overseeing the Medicare and Medicaid programs, as well as chaired the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission, which advises Congress on payment and other issues relating to Medicare.


Dr. Gail Wilensky is a highly-sought speaker nationally and internationally for professional, business, government and consumer groups to help explain and interpret a wide range of healthcare topics and trends.  Articulate, engaging and enlightening, Dr. Wilensky provides exceptional expertise, shrewd analysis and unparalleled insight on today’s most critical healthcare issues.  Among her numerous offerings:

  • Health Care Reform Issues
  • Comparative Clinical Effectiveness
  • Health Policies and Politics
  • Medicare and Medicaid Issues
  • Social Determinants of Health
  • Health Cost Drivers and the Uninsured
  • Physician Payment Reform and Fee Schedule
  • Health Care Financing: Current State and Potential Reform
  • Women and Health Policy
  • Pharmaceutical Care and Compliance
ABOUT Gail Wilensky, Ph.D.   (+/-)

Expertly Guiding Organizations on Critical Healthcare Issues

Dr. Gail Wilensky is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine and serves as a trustee of the Combined Benefits Fund of the United Mine Workers as well as the National Opinion Research Center.  She is also a director on several corporate and non-profit organization boards.  Dr. Wilensky is a former chair of the board of directors of Academy Health and a former trustee of the American Heart Association.  

Smart and Straight-Forward

Dr. Wilensky is the recipient of numerous awards and honorary degrees and has published extensively.   She is also a frequent contributor and commentator to the media on contemporary healthcare issues.  Dr. Wilensky often testifies before Congressional committees and serves as an advisor to members of Congress and other elected officials.