Eric Schneider, M.D., M.Sc., is Senior Vice President for Policy and Research at The Commonwealth Fund, a national philanthropy that conducts and funds independent research on health care policy. A member of The Commonwealth Fund’s executive management team, Dr. Schneider provides strategic guidance to the organization's research portfolio including U.S. and international health policy, health services delivery, and public health.  Since 2015 he has been leading intramural research and providing scientific review and guidance to the Fund’s extramural initiatives, proposals, projects, collaborations, and publications.

Trained in health services research, public health, and primary care general internal medicine, Dr. Schneider is among the nation’s leading health policy researchers with more than one hundred peer-reviewed publications spanning quality measurement, quality improvement, delivery system innovation, primary care, health information technology, program evaluation, clinical sciences, and the effects of health insurance and access to care for vulnerable populations. 

From 1997 to 2014, Dr. Schneider was on the faculty of Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Public Health where he taught health policy and quality improvement in health care, mentoring doctoral students, fellows, and medical residents who have gone on to successful research and policy leadership positions both nationally and internationally.   In 2009, Dr. Schneider also became the founding director of the RAND Corporation’s Boston office, building a highly successful multidisciplinary health services research team.  He was Principal Researcher and held the RAND Distinguished Chair in Health Care Quality. Until 2015, he practiced and taught primary care internal medicine at the Jen Center for Primary Care at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.

Dr. Schneider has held several national leadership roles including co-chair of the Committee for Performance Measurement of the National Committee for Quality Assurance, member of the scientific advisory board of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, the first chair of the Performance Measurement Committee of the American College of Physicians, and methodologist for the executive committee of the Physician Consortium for Performance Improvement of the American Medical Association.  

He was editor-in-chief of the International Journal for Quality in Health Care and a member of the editorial board of the National Quality Measures and Guidelines Clearinghouses sponsored by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.  He has served on expert advisory panels for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE), the National Quality Forum (NQF), and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).  He was recipient (with co-authors) of the Health Services Research Impact Award from AcademyHealth in 2013, the Clinical Investigator Award from the Society for General Internal Medicine in 2001, and a Presidential Citation from the International Society for Quality in Health Care (ISQUA) in 2014.  

Dr. Schneider holds a B.S., cum laude, in Biology from Columbia University, an M.Sc. from the University of California, Berkeley, and an M.D. from the University of California, San Francisco. He is an elected fellow of the American College of Physicians and the New York Academy of Medicine.

Involvement with AcademyHealth:

  • Committee Member - 2018 Annual Research Meeting