Dr. Himmelstein is a Professor of Family Medicine and Community Health and Quantitative Health Sciences and Chief Health Policy Strategist and Senior Advisory to the Disability Health and Employment Group for the University of Massachusetts Medical School’s Center for Health Policy and Research. His professional career in research, policy development and service is dedicated to improving health care and health outcomes for those served by the public sector with a special emphasis on people with disabilities, leading him to be a nationally recognized physician, educator and researcher. His most recent work has focused on providing support for the implementation of the Affordable Care Act at the State and National level. Recent publications have focused on the technology vision and challenges faced by the ACA Health Benefit Marketplaces.
An elected member of the National Academy of Social Insurance, Dr. Himmelstein has served as an expert consultant the Social Security Administration, and to the Institute of Medicine, most recently as a member of the IOM Committee on Medical Evaluation of Veterans for Disability Compensation. He served as a Robert Wood Johnson National Health Policy Fellow on the health staff of Senator Edward M. Kennedy from 1991 to 1992. Dr. Himmelstein serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation and has served an ad hoc reviewer for several peer reviewed journals including Health Affairs, the Journal of the American Public Health Association, the Journal of the American Medical Association, and Health Care Finance and Review. He currently serves on several non-profit boards including the Massachusetts Health Policy Forum, the Health Foundation of Central Massachusetts and the Board of Strategic Advisors at the Healthcare Delivery Institute at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI)
During his career at UMass, Dr. Himmelstein has held numerous positions in research and academic administration including Director of the Occupational and Environmental Health Program (1988-1996), Robert Wood Johnson Foundation National Health Policy Fellow (1991-1992), Director of the Robert Wood Johnson Workers Compensation Health Initiative (1994-2000),Founding Director of WorkWithoutLimits, Director of the Center for Health Policy and Research (1997-2007), Director of the Center for MassHealth Evaluation and Research (1997-2002), Assistant Chancellor for Health Policy (1992-2007) and Director of the Center for Health Policy and Research's Public Sector Health Information Technology and Exchange Policy Group (2005 -2011).