Katherine Baicker, Ph.D., is the provost of the University of Chicago, where she previously served as dean of the Harris School of Public Policy.  Baicker’s research focuses on the effectiveness of public and private health insurance and the effects of health system reforms.  She is the Principal Investigator of multiple large-scale NIH-funded research programs, and her research appears in leading academic journals across medicine, economics, and health policy.

She is a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research and an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine, the National Academy of Social Insurance, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She serves on the Congressional Budget Office’s Panel of Health Advisers, as a Director of Eli Lilly, and as a Trustee of the Mayo Clinic, the Urban Institute, NORC, and the Chicago Council on Global Affairs.  She has served as a Commissioner on the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission; as Chair of the Massachusetts Group Insurance Commission; as Chair of the Board of Directors of AcademyHealth; and as a Senate-confirmed Member of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers.  She received her BA in economics from Yale and her PhD in economics from Harvard.