Douglas McCarthy, president of Issues Research, has 30 years of experience in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. He has consulted on projects for corporations, foundations, and universities. He currently serves as a senior research director to the Commonwealth Fund, where he oversees a series of Scorecards measuring health system performance and case study research examining performance improvement.
Before founding Issues Research, Doug was director of public policy at UnitedHealth Group and a research director in its Center for Health Care Policy and Evaluation, where he implemented quality evaluation tools in health plans. He began his career as an internal consultant for a local government, where he supported quality improvement through operations research.
Doug graduated with honors from Yale College and holds a master’s degree in health care management from the University of Connecticut. He was a public policy fellow at the University of Minnesota's Humphrey School of Public Affairs and a leadership fellow of the Regional Institute for Health and Environmental Leadership. He serves on the board of Colorado's Center for Improving Value in Health Care.