Bob Kocher, M.D.
Bob Kocher, MD., is a partner at Venrock and focuses on healthcare IT
and services investments. He currently serves on the board of Castlight
and Hope Street Group and the advisory boards of the National Institute
of Healthcare Management, Harvard Medical School Health Care Policy
Department, and ChildObesity180. Bob joined Venrock from McKinsey &
Company, where he was a Partner and led the McKinsey Center for U.S.
Health Reform and worked with the various constituencies in the
healthcare ecosystem to improve health policy, productivity, clinical
outcomes and patient experience. He is also a non-resident senior fellow
at the Brookings Institution Engleberg Center for Health Reform and
co-chair of the Health Data initiative, a joint effort of HHS and the
Institute of Medicine, to release healthcare data to spur private sector
innovation to improve healthcare cost and quality.
Prior to Venrock, Bob served in the Obama Administration as Special
Assistant to the President for Healthcare and Economic Policy and a
member of the National Economic Council. In the Obama Administration,
Bob was one of the leading shapers of the healthcare reform legislation
focusing on cost, quality, and delivery system reform. He was one of the
leaders of the First Lady’s “Let’s Move” childhood obesity initiative,
led the formation of the Partnership for a Healthier America and served
on the Federal Advisory Panel charged with developing a national obesity
Bob received undergraduate degrees from the University of Washington
and a medical degree from George Washington University. He completed a
research fellowship with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the
National Institutes of Health, and went on to complete his internal
medicine residency training at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
and the Harvard Medical School.