Everette James serves as Director of the University of Pittsburgh’s Health Policy Institute (HPI) and Executive Director of the Stern Center for Evidence-Based Policy. James manages the day to day operations of HPI and the Stern Center, and works with government, foundation and business funders to support the Institute’s research and programs. He is also Associate Vice Chancellor for Health Policy and Planning, Schools of the Health Sciences, and Professor of Health Policy and Management, Graduate School of Public Health. Before joining Pitt, he served as the 25th Pennsylvania Secretary of Health and oversaw the regulation of all of the hospitals, nursing homes and managed care plans in the Commonwealth. He was responsible for managing the Department of Health’s 1700 employees and nearly $1b annual budget, and chaired and served on many statewide boards and commissions including the Pennsylvania Health Policy Board, Health Research Advisory Committee and Health Care Cost Containment Council.


As Senior Advisor to the Governor of Pennsylvania for Health and Pensions and then Secretary of Health, he formulated policy, drafted and negotiated legislation and implemented laws and regulations including the state’s first smoking ban (Clean Indoor Air Act), healthcare-associated infection law (Act 52), regulations expanding health professionals’ scope of practice and new nutrition and physical activity standards for Pennsylvania school children aimed at reducing the prevalence of childhood obesity.


Prior to his service to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, James was a partner in the Washington, D.C office of the Dewey, LeBoeuf law firm with a practice centered on insurance and healthcare corporate and regulatory matters. He also served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Service Industries and Finance at the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Professor James’ research interests center around his state and federal public policy experience in health law and regulation, cost effectiveness and translational health services research.


Recent Posts by Everette James

In This Next Phase Of Health Reform, We Cannot Overlook Long Term Care

With the focus of Congress once again turning to health reform, we have an opportunity to fix the problems with the ACA, and find solutions to health care challenges that the ACA failed to address. One such challenge is the looming crisis of aging and long-term care.

Embracing The Role Of Family Caregivers In The U.S. Health System

As individuals age, their need for both medical and nonmedical services and supports increases. In a recent report, we review current policies addressing the needs of family caregivers, evaluate emerging evidence on the effectiveness of these policies, and suggest some potential new policy...