Gail R. Wilensky, PhD

by Rachad Davis

January 23, 2017

Senior Fellow,
Project HOPE

Gail R. Wilensky, Ph.D. is an economist and senior fellow at Project HOPE, an international health foundation.  She directed the Medicare and Medicaid programs and served in the White House as a senior adviser on health and welfare issues to President GHW Bush.  She was also the first chair of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission.

Dr. Wilensky currently serves as a trustee of the Combined Benefits Fund of the United Mine Workers of America and the National Opinion Research Center, is on the Board of Regents of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS) and the Board of Directors of the Geisinger Health System Foundation, United Health Group, Quest Diagnostics and Brainscope.  She is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine and a current and former director of numerous nonprofits. She received a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a Ph.D. in economics at the University of Michigan and has received several honorary degrees.