Douglas McCarthy
Senior Research Director
The Commonwealth Fund

Douglas McCarthy, M.B.A., is senior research director for The Commonwealth Fund. He oversees The Commonwealth Fund’s scorecard project, conducts case-study research on delivery system reforms and breakthrough opportunities, and serves as a contributing editor to the bimonthly newsletter Quality Matters. His 30-year career has spanned research, policy, operations, and consulting roles for government, corporate, academic, nonprofit, and philanthropic organizations. He has authored and coauthored reports and peer-reviewed articles on a range of health care–related topics, including more than 50 case studies of high-performing organizations and initiatives. A Chartbook on the Quality of Health Care in the United States, coauthored with Sheila Leatherman, was named by AcademyHealth as one of 20 core books in the field of health outcomes. Mr. McCarthy received his bachelor’s degree with honors from Yale College and a master’s degree in health care management from the University of Connecticut. During 1996–1997, he was a public policy fellow at the Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota.

Fund Publications by Douglas McCarthy









Committing to Improvement in All Areas of Health Care
November 5, 2009
Aiming Higher: Results from a State Scorecard on Health System Performance, 2009
October 8, 2009
North Carolina's ABCD Program: Using Community Care Networks to Improve the Delivery of Childhood Developmental Screening and Referral to Early Intervention Services
August 20, 2009
Gundersen Lutheran Health System: Performance Improvement Through Partnership
August 13, 2009
Marshfield Clinic: Health Information Technology Paves the Way for Population Health Management
August 13, 2009
Mayo Clinic: Multidisciplinary Teamwork, Physician-Led Governance, and Patient-Centered Culture Drive World-Class Health Care
August 13, 2009
Henry Ford Health System: A Framework for System Integration, Coordination, Collaboration, and Innovation
August 13, 2009
Group Health Cooperative: Reinventing Primary Care by Connecting Patients with a Medical Home
July 2, 2009
Organizing for Higher Performance: Case Studies of Organized Delivery Systems--Series Overview, Findings, and Methods
July 2, 2009
Community Care of North Carolina: Building Community Systems of Care Through State and Local Partnerships
June 22, 2009
HealthPartners: Consumer-Focused Mission and Collaborative Approach Support Ambitious Performance Improvement Agenda
June 22, 2009
Geisinger Health System: Achieving the Potential of System Integration Through Innovation, Leadership, Measurement, and Incentives
June 22, 2009
Kaiser Permanente: Bridging the Quality Divide with Integrated Practice, Group Accountability, and Health Information Technology
June 22, 2009