William Shrank, MD, MSHS

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Brigham & Women’s Hospital
Department of Medicine
Division of Pharmacoepidemiology & Pharmacoeconomics
1620 Tremont Street, Suite 3030,
Boston, MA 02120

Phone: 617-278-0930 | Fax: 617-232-8602

William Shrank, MD, MSHS, is serving as part-time faculty in the Division of Pharmacoepidemiology and Pharmacoeconomics at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Dr. Shrank lives in Washington D.C. where he is the Director of Rapid-Cycle Evaluation at the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation at CMS. He leads the evaluation of all payment and health-system delivery reform programs supported by the Innovation Center as well as all Congressionally mandated demonstration programs. He developed the rapid-cycle strategy to promote continuous quality improvement and rapid spread of effective programs while maintaining scientific rigor. He also oversees the intramural research enterprise for CMS.

At BWH, Dr. Shrank’s research is focused on evaluating quality in pharmacologic care, enhancing adherence to chronic medications, and improving prescription drug labels. He was the founder and principal investigator of the CVS Caremark Harvard Partnership for Improving Medication Adherence, a multi-disciplinary research initiative to improve how patients take medication, as well as the Pharmacy Care Research Institute, also funded by CVS Caremark. He received a career development award from the National Heart, Lung, Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health to evaluate interventions to improve rational prescribing in cardiovascular disease, and a Pioneer Award from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to study the effect of labeling on medication use. He has published over 100 articles in the peer-reviewed literature focusing on prescription drug use.

Dr. Shrank serves or has served on national advisory committees for the FDA, CMS, DHHS, AHRQ, the Society of General Internal Medicine, the American College of Physicians Foundation, and the U.S. Pharmacopeia. He attended Brown University, received his M.D. from Cornell University, and did his residency training in Internal Medicine at Georgetown University. He served on the clinical faculty in General Internal Medicine at University of Colorado Health Sciences Center before finishing a health services research fellowship at UCLA, Rand, and the West Los Angeles VA Hospital where he earned an M.S. in Health Services from UCLA. Until 2011, he practiced general internal medicine at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

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