Paul Ginsburg, Ph.D., Joins the Schaeffer Center

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Paul Ginsburg, Ph.D as Professor of the Practice of Health Policy and Management in the University of Southern California’s Sol Price School of Public Policy, beginning March 1, 2014. Dr. Ginsburg will hold the Norman Topping/National Medical Enterprises Chair in Medicine and Public Policy and will work closely with the Leonard D. Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics. He will teach courses in the Price School for the Executive Master of Health Administration and the Master of Health Administration programs. While residing in Washington, D.C., he will examine health policy issues of significance to Los Angeles and the nation.

Dr. Ginsburg is an economist and health policy expert who founded the nonpartisan Center for Studying Health System Change (HSC) in Washington, DC. He served as President of the organization throughout its existence until the end of 2013 when it merged into Mathematica Policy Research. Founded in 1995 with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, HSC conducted research to inform policymakers and other audiences about the impact that policy changes in the organization, financing and delivery of care would have on the American public.  HSC has been widely known for the objectivity and technical quality of its research and its success in disseminating their findings to policy makers, leaders in the healthcare industry, the media, and the larger research community.

Prior to founding HSC, Dr. Ginsburg served as the founding Executive Director of the Physician Payment Review Commission (now the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission).  Highly respected within the healthcare community, the Commission developed the Medicare physician payment reform proposal that was enacted by the Congress in 1989.  Dr. Ginsburg also served as a Senior Economist at RAND; as Deputy Assistant Director at the Congressional Budget Office; and as a faculty member at Duke and Michigan State University.  He earned his doctorate in economics from Harvard University.
Dr. Ginsburg is a noted speaker and consultant on the changes taking place in the healthcare system and the future outlook of healthcare in the nation.  He has been named to Modern Healthcare’s “100 Most Influential Persons in Health Care” eight times, and he received the first annual HSR Impact Award from AcademyHealth in 2006.

USC’s expertise in health policy and administration will benefit greatly from Dr. Ginsburg’s significant experience, and we look forward to his many contributions to the university. Please join us in welcoming him to the USC Price School and the Schaeffer Center for Health Policy & Economics.


Jack Knott
Dean USC Price School of Public Policy

Dana Goldman
Leonard D. Schaeffer Director’s Chair