Peter Bach, MD, MAPP

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Harvard University; University of Minnesota; University of Chicago

The Director of Memorial Sloan Kettering’s Center for Health Policy and Outcomes, Dr. Bach is a physician, epidemiologist, writer, and recognized expert in healthcare policy whose work has been regularly featured in major scientific and lay press outlets such as the NEJM, JAMA, and the New York Times. Dr. Bach is a member of the Institute of Medicine’s Board on Health Care Services and National Cancer Policy Forum and the Committee on Performance Measurement of the National Committee on Quality Assurance; he is also the Chair of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services Technical Expert Panel, which works to develop quality measures for PPS-exempt cancer hospitals.

Dr. Bach completed his undergraduate studies at Harvard University and his medical studies at the University of Minnesota and the University of Chicago Harris School. He completed a residency in internal medicine at Johns Hopkins University followed by a fellowship in pulmonary and critical care medicine at the University of Chicago and Johns Hopkins. While at the University of Chicago, he was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar. Dr. Bach has been a faculty member in Memorial Sloan Kettering’s Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics since 1998 and a Senior Scholar at the International Agency for Research on Cancer since 2008. He also served as a Senior Advisor for Cancer Policy at the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services in 2005 and 2006.

Dr. Bach has published more than 100 peer-reviewed articles and editorials in scientific journals as well as 16 healthcare-related op-eds in outlets such as the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and Forbes. He has served as a mentor to 15 postdoctoral researchers, given more than 100 invited seminars, and been the recipient of multiple NIH grants. View a comprehensive list of media coverage received by Dr. Bach and his work.

He has been inducted into the American Society of Clinical Investigators and the Johns Hopkins University Society of Scholars. Dr. Bach also serves on the Board of Advisors of the University of Michigan Cancer Center and on the World Economic Forum and is a member of the Clinton Global Initiative. Previously, Dr. Bach was a member of the Institute of Medicine’s Committee on Geographic Variations and the Chair of a multi-society evidence-based guideline development committee on lung cancer screening

Dr. Bach currently holds the titles of Member in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics and Attending Physician in the Department of Medicine at Memorial Sloan Kettering.

Publications by Peter Bach

Bach PB, Mirkin JN, Oliver TK, Azzoli CG, Berry DA, Brawley OW, Byers T, Colditz GA, Gould MK, Jett JR, Sabichi AL, Smith-Bindman R, Wood DE, Qaseem A, Detterbeck FC. Benefits and harms of CT screening for lung cancer: a systematic review. JAMA. 2012 Jun 13;307(22):2418-29.

Bach PB, Pham HH, Schrag D, Tate RC, Hargraves JL.  Primary care physicians who treat blacks and whites.  N Engl J Med 2004; 351: 575-84. [Accompanied by editorial]

Bach PB. Limits on Medicare's Ability to Control Rising Spending on Cancer Drugs. N Engl J Med. 2009; 360: 626-33.

Bach PB. A map to bad policy—hospital efficiency measures in the Dartmouth Atlas. N Engl J Med. 2010;362(7):569-73.

Bach PB, Mirkin JN, Luke JJ. Episode-based payment for cancer care: a proposed pilot for Medicare. Health Aff (Millwood). 2011 Mar;30(3):500-9.

Bach PB.  Cost sharing for health care – whose skin?  which game?  N Engl J Med 2008; 358: 411-3.