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.