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David Brailer, MD, PhD

Executive Chairman
Health Evolution

David J. Brailer, MD, PhD, has served as a member of the Walgreen Co. board of directors since 2010. He is Managing Partner & CEO of Health Evolution Partners.

David J. Brailer, M.D., Ph.D. is widely known as the health care industry’s champion of innovation. Over the past two decades, he has shaped the evolution of health care through his work as a physician, researcher, educator, entrepreneur, policymaker and investor. He is known around the world as the father of the health information technology movement in the US.

Brailer has tirelessly sought ways to make health care consumer focused, information rich and highly efficient. He is currently Chairman of Health Evolution Partners, a health care investment firm that supports rapidly growing and innovative companies in the health care industry. Through his work at HEP, he is building the companies that will drive major change in health care services, information technology and life sciences. He founded CareScience in 1994 and served as its chairman and CEO for eight years. Under his leadership, the company pioneered quality measurement, pay-for-performance, and health information exchange. In 2004, Brailer was appointed by President George W. Bush as the first National Coordinator for Health Information Technology. In this role as “health information czar,” Brailer developed and led the nation’s strategy for ushering health care into the digital era.

Brailer completed his residency at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and is board certified in internal medicine. He earned his Ph.D. in health economics at The Wharton School, where he taught health management for a decade.

Brailer serves on the board of directors for American Optical Services, CenseoHealth, Halcyon Healthcare, Optimal Radiology, Walgreen Co. and is a member of the Health Care Policy Advisory Council at Harvard Medical School.

University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and The Wharton School of Business: David founded the health information technology program at The Wharton School Health Management Program, taught health management and economics in the Wharton MBA program and lectured in The Wharton Executive Education program. David was an active patient-care physician in general medicine and in immune deficiency at the University of Pennsylvania.

Education:
Bachelor’s degree, science and political science, West Virginia University
MD, West Virginia University School of Medicine
Charles A. Dana Fellow, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Internal Medicine residency, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
General Medicine Fellow, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
PhD, health economics, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania