Vice President for Research, Evaluation, and Policy, President's Office

Claire  Wang,  MD, ScD

Dr. Y. Claire Wang is Vice President for Research, Evaluation, and Policy at the Academy. In this role, she is responsible for promoting the climate for excellent research, strengthening the research infrastructure, and fostering collaborations among the Academy's researchers and external partners.

Dr. Wang is trained as a physician epidemiologist with expertise in decision sciences, chronic disease prevention, and public health policy. Prior to joining the Academy, she was Associate Professor of Health Policy and Management at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. During her tenure at Columbia, she served as the faculty director of the MPH certificate in Comparative Effectiveness and Outcomes Research and as co-director of the Obesity Prevention Initiative, a cross-disciplinary team focusing on environmental and policy approaches to preventing obesity at the community level. She also taught decision analysis and economic evaluation of health technologies, and mentored numerous graduate students and clinical scientists.

With over 80 peer-reviewed journal publications, book chapters and reports, Dr. Wang is a recognized academic researcher with a track record of grant-funded research in obesity prevention and food policy. Her research often applies simulation modeling methods to synthesize evidence for informing policy and practice. In particular, she studied policies to promote healthy choices and to address obesity epidemic in adults and in children, especially in terms of cost-effectiveness and downstream health and cost impact. Her current research interest focuses on the disparities of behavioral risk factors and upstream determinants of health, as well as our public health data infrastructure to address these challenges.

During 2015-2016, she was selected as Robert Wood Johnson Foundation health policy fellow, serving in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in the Obama Administration. More recently, she served as Senior Program Advisor at the National Academy of Medicine, where she led collaborative efforts related to health system performance metrics and health information technology interoperability. In 2018, she was selected as one of the Emerging Leaders in Health and Medicine by the National Academy of Medicine. She obtained her medical degree from National Taiwan University, as well as a MS in Epidemiology and ScD in Health Policy and Decision Sciences from Harvard Chan School of Public Health. She was elected Fellow of The New York Academy of Medicine in 2013.


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