Bob Kocher

Bob Kocher, MD

Nonresident Senior Fellow, USC Schaeffer Center
Partner, Venrock

Bob Kocher, MD's Bio

Bob Kocher, MD, is a partner at Venrock and focuses on healthcare IT and services investments. He currently serves on the boards 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.

Kocher 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 Health and Human Services and the Institute of Medicine, to release healthcare data to spur private sector innovation to improve healthcare cost and quality.

Prior to joining Venrock, Kocker served in the Obama administration as special assistant to the president for Healthcare and Economic Policy and a member of the National Economic Council. There, he 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 first lady Michelle Obama’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 strategy.

Kocher 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 Harvard Medical School.

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