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John McDonough, D.P.H.

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John E. McDonough, DrPH, MPA is Professor of Public Health Practice in the Department of Health Policy & Management at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Director of Executive and Continuing Professional Education.

In 2010, he was the Joan H. Tisch Distinguished Fellow in Public Health at Hunter College in New York City. Between 2008 and 2010, he served as a Senior Advisor on National Health Reform to the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions where he worked on the development and passage of the Affordable Care Act.

Between 2003 and 2008, he served as Executive Director of Health Care for All, Massachusetts' leading consumer health advocacy organization, where he played a key role in passage and implementation of the 2006 Massachusetts health reform law. Between 1998 and 2003, he was an Associate Professor at the Heller School at Brandeis University and a Senior Associate at the Schneider Institute for Health Policy. From 1985 to 1997, he served as a member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives where he co-chaired the Joint Committee on Health Care.

His articles have appeared in Health Affairs, the New England Journal of Medicine and other journals. He has written three books, Inside National Health Reform, published in September 2011 by the University of California Press and the Milbank Fund, Experiencing Politics: A Legislator's Stories of Government and Health Care by the University of California Press and the Milbank Fund in 2000, and Interests, Ideas, and Deregulation: The Fate of Hospital Rate Setting by the University of Michigan Press in 1998.

He received a doctorate in public health in 1996 from the School of Public Health at the University of Michigan and a master's in public administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard in 1990.

He blogs regularly at Health Stew, available at: https://healthstew.com/

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  1. Ticku S, Barrow J, Fuccillo R, McDonough JE. Oral Health Stakeholders: A Time for Alignment and Action. Milbank Q. 2021 12; 99(4):882-903. PMID: 34189771.
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  2. McDonough JE. Lost in the ACA: Bit Parts in a Landmark Law. J Health Polit Policy Law. 2020 08 01; 45(4):533-545. PMID: 32186347.
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  3. Goldfield NI, Crittenden R, Fox D, McDonough J, Nichols L, Lee Rosenthal E. COVID-19 Crisis Creates Opportunities for Community-Centered Population Health: Community Health Workers at the Center. J Ambul Care Manage. 2020 Jul/Sep; 43(3):184-190. PMID: 32467431.
    Citations: 15     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
  4. Goldfield NI, Crittenden R, Fox D, McDonough J, Nichols L, Lee Rosenthal E. COVID-19 Crisis Creates Opportunities for Community-Centered Population Health: Community Health Workers at the Center. J Ambul Care Manage. 2020 May 19. PMID: 32452904.
  5. McDonough JE. Our Greedy Health Care System. Am J Public Health. 2017 11; 107(11):1744-1745. PMID: 29019773.
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  6. McDonough JE. Prospects for Health Care Reform in the U.S. Senate. N Engl J Med. 2017 Jun 29; 376(26):2501-2503. PMID: 28564552.
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  7. McDonough JE. A Consequential Eight Years for Health Care and Public Health. Am J Public Health. 2017 Jan; 107(1):24-26. PMID: 27925805.
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  8. McDonough JE, Jones DK. The Choices on Health Reform in the US Presidential and Congressional Elections. JAMA Intern Med. 2016 11 01; 176(11):1595-1596. PMID: 27723880.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  9. Koh HK, Rajkumar R, McDonough JE. Reframing Prevention in the Era of Health Reform. JAMA. 2016 Sep 13; 316(10):1039-40. PMID: 27623457.
    Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
  10. McDonough JE. How Might Democrats Try to Improve and Expand the ACA in 2017? Milbank Q. 2016 09; 94(3):468-75. PMID: 27453529.
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  11. McDonough JE. Shorter Lives and Poorer Health on the Campaign Trail. Am J Public Health. 2016 Mar; 106(3):395-7. PMID: 26885956.
    Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  12. McDonough JE. The demise of Vermont's single-payer plan. N Engl J Med. 2015 Apr 23; 372(17):1584-5. PMID: 25901424.
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  13. McDonough JE, Adashi EY. In defense of the employer mandate: hedging against uninsurance. JAMA. 2015 Feb 17; 313(7):665-6. PMID: 25521209.
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  14. McDonough JE. The United States Health System in Transition. Health Syst Reform. 2015 Jan 02; 1(1):39-51. PMID: 31519087.
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  15. Donoff B, McDonough JE, Riedy CA. Integrating oral and general health care. N Engl J Med. 2014 Dec 11; 371(24):2247-9. PMID: 25494266.
    Citations: 19     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  16. McDonough J, Lirk P. QTc interval prolongation: a real concern or exaggerated threat? Gastroenterol Nurs. 2014 Nov-Dec; 37(6):446-9. PMID: 25461467.
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  17. McDonough JE. Wyden's waiver: state innovation on steroids. J Health Polit Policy Law. 2014 Oct; 39(5):1099-111. PMID: 24842970.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  18. McDonough JE, Adashi EY. Realizing the promise of the Affordable Care Act--January 1, 2014. JAMA. 2014 Feb 12; 311(6):569-70. PMID: 24384745.
    Citations: 7     Fields:    
  19. McDonough JE. Health system reform in the United States. Int J Health Policy Manag. 2014 Jan; 2(1):5-8. PMID: 24596894.
    Citations: 7     Fields:    
  20. McDonough JE. Budget sequestration and the U.S. health sector. N Engl J Med. 2013 Apr 04; 368(14):1269-71. PMID: 23514248.
    Citations: 5     Fields:    
  21. McDonough JE. The road ahead for the Affordable Care Act. N Engl J Med. 2012 Jul 19; 367(3):199-201. PMID: 22747178.
    Citations: 11     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  22. Freudenberg N, McDonough J, Tsui E. Can a food justice movement improve nutrition and health? A case study of the emerging food movement in New York City. J Urban Health. 2011 Aug; 88(4):623-36. PMID: 21717252.
    Citations: 5     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
  23. Patel K, McDonough J. From Massachusetts to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue: aboard the health reform express. Health Aff (Millwood). 2010 Jun; 29(6):1106-11. PMID: 20530338.
    Citations: 3     Fields:    
  24. Shinoda-Tagawa T, Leonard R, Pontikas J, McDonough JE, Allen D, Dreyer PI. Resident-to-resident violent incidents in nursing homes. JAMA. 2004 Feb 04; 291(5):591-8. PMID: 14762038.
    Citations: 20     Fields:    Translation:Humans
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