Robin Osborn, M.B.A.
Vice President and Director, International Program in Health Policy and Innovation
The Commonwealth Fund
Robin Osborn, M.B.A., vice president and director of The Commonwealth Fund's International Program in Health Policy and Innovation since 1997, has responsibility for the Fund's annual international symposium on health policy, annual international health policy surveys and comparisons of health systems data, the Commonwealth Fund–Nuffield Trust international conferences on quality, the Fund's International Working Group on Quality Indicators, the Harkness Fellowships in Health Care Policy and Practice, the Australian–American Health Policy Fellowships, and 22 international partnerships with Ministries of Health, research organizations, and health foundations. The core countries participating in the Fund’s international program are: Australia, Canada, France, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States. In addition, she serves on the editorial board of the Health Systems in Transition
series of the European Observatory. Prior to joining the Fund in 1997, Mrs. Osborn was director of fellowship programs at the Association for Health Services Research where she directed the Picker/Commonwealth Scholars Program and served as deputy director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Investigator Awards in Health Policy Research Program. While living in the United Kingdom from 1986–1992, she held management positions at BUPA, the largest private health insurer in the United Kingdom, with responsibility for developing managed care programs. Her previous positions include managing director of the Miller Institute for Performing Artists at St. Luke's–Roosevelt Hospital Center; executive director of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Greater New York's corporate foundation, The Health Services Improvement Fund; special assistant to the vice president of Blue Cross and Blue Shield for the division charged with cost containment, quality, pilot benefits and health services research; and assistant director of Bronx Municipal Hospital Center, a 1,400-bed, public safety-net hospital. She earned a B.S. with honors at Tufts University and an M.B.A. from Columbia University.