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Douglas Noble

(United Kingdom) Public Health Physician and Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry Queen Mary, University of London

Harkness Project: Accountable Care Organizations and the perceptions of population health

Placement: Weill-Cornell Medical College

Mentor: Lawrence P. Casalino, M.D., Ph.D., chief, Division of Outcomes and Effectiveness Research, Weill-Cornell Medical College

Biography at time of Harkness Fellowship: Douglas Noble, B.M.B.Ch., M.P.H., M.D.(Res), is a public health physician and honorary senior clinical lecturer in the Global Health, Policy and Innovation unit at Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry. Before his current position, Noble worked as a clinical advisor to Sir Liam Donaldson, then the chief medical officer for England, where he helped research, write and manage three successive annual reports of the chief medical officer on the state of public health in England. Noble has also been a public health advisor to the U.K. Cabinet office as well as a medical officer for the World Health Organization. Noble has published 25 papers in peer-reviewed journals such as the British Medical Journal and the Journal of the American Medical Association. Noble received his medical degree from University of Oxford, master’s degree in public health from Johns Hopkins University, and research doctorate from Queen Mary, University of London.

Current Project Abstract: Noble's Harkness project will explore the perceptions of population health through a series of detailed case studies and interviews with leaders of accountable care organizations and government public health departments or similar agencies.

Career Activity Since Fellowship:

  • Regional Health Adviser for Maternal and Child Health, UNICEF Regional Office for South Asia, 2013

Current Position: (updated 4/2017)


  • Deputy Representative to China, UNICEF, 2017

Email: [email protected]

Harkness-Related Publications

Noble DJ. “Accountable Care Organizations and Clinical Commissioning Groups Face an Uncertain Challenge for Improving Public Health,” Journal of Public Health Research, 2012.


Noble DJ, Casalino LP. "Can Accountable Care Organizations Improve Population Health?: Should They Try?" JAMA, 2013.


Noble D, Biller-Andorno N, Sutherland J, Anstey M: Challenges facing Medicaid expansion in the US.  BMJ. 2013;346:f3261.

Noble DJ, Greenhalgh T, Casalino LP: "Improving population health one person at a time? Accountable care organisations: perceptions of population health - a qualitative interview study." BMJ Open. 2014; 4(4):e004665