Douglas McCarthy is president of Issues Research. He has more than 30 years of experience in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors and has consulted on projects for corporations, foundations, and universities.
He currently serves as senior research director under contract with the Commonwealth Fund, where he leads case study research examining best practices and innovations in health care delivery and improvement. He helped develop and led the production of the Commonwealth Fund’s Scorecards on State Health System Performance.
During a three-year experience with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, Doug contributed to R&D projects such as the design of a regional health improvement network. Formerly, he was director of public policy at UnitedHealth Group and a research director in its Center for Health Care Policy and Evaluation. He began his career as an internal consultant for a local government, supporting quality improvement through operations research.
A lifelong learner, Doug recently made a transformative journey as a leadership fellow with the Regional Institute for Health and Environmental Leadership in Denver. He was previously a public policy fellow at the University of Minnesota's Humphrey School of Public Affairs. He obtained his bachelor’s degree from Yale College and a master’s degree in health care management from the University of Connecticut. His training has included Cooper's Interaction Design course.
Doug lives with his family in southwestern Colorado, where he participates on the La Plata County Citizens Health Action Coalition and the San Juan Basin Health Department’s community health needs assessment steering committee. He enjoys riding his bike to work, hiking in the mountains, and improving his speaking skills with the local Toastmasters Club. He serves as vice-chair of the board of Colorado's Center for Improving Value in Health Care.