Andrew Bindman, MD, served as director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality as director from May 2016 to January 2017. Dr. Bindman is a professor of medicine and epidemiology & biostatistics at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). He is a primary care physician with Federal and State health policy experience who has practiced, taught, and conducted health services research at San Francisco General Hospital, an urban safety-net hospital, for almost 30 years.

During that time, he led the development of a nationally recognized academic division focused on improving the care of vulnerable populations and a State-university partnership with California’s Medicaid program that promotes translating research into policy.

In 2009-2010, Dr. Bindman was a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellow who worked as a staff member on the Energy and Commerce Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives. From September 2011 until June 30, 2014, Dr. Bindman served as a senior advisor within the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation’s Office of Health Policy, where he worked to establish new Medicare payment codes for transitional care and chronic care management. From July 2014 until November 2015, Dr. Bindman was a senior advisor to Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services where he helped to launch the Innovation Accelerator Program to support care transformation in State Medicaid programs.

Dr. Bindman has published over 150 peer-reviewed scientific articles focused on primary care and on low-income individuals’ access to and quality of care. Through his work, Dr. Bindman helped to establish the association between access to care and preventable hospitalizations for ambulatory care-sensitive conditions (what are now called Prevention Quality Indicators (PQIs). Dr. Bindman has used PQIs to evaluate Medicaid programs and to design interventions to improve quality of care for low-income patients with chronic disease. He has also promoted a participatory research model with policymakers as a way to translate research into evidence-based policy. Dr. Bindman is a Senior Associate Editor of the journal, Health Services Research and he was elected to the National Academy of Medicine in 2015.

Bindman served as a member of the PCORI Board of Governors from May 2016 – January 2017. He also was a member of the Science Oversight Committee and the Engagement, Dissemination, and Implementation Committee.

Updated: January 2017

Conflicts of Interest

As of May 5, 2016

Financial and Business Associations:

  • Health Services Research, Editorial and Writing Contributions (during past 12 months)
  • Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA), Editorial and Writing Contributions (during past 12 months)
  • University of California, San Francisco, Employer (Spouse)
  • Bayer, Consultant (Spouse)
  • IBM, Stock (Spouse)

Personal Associations:

  • University of California, San Francisco (on leave from academic position)


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