Learn more about Robert Kocher

Robert Kocher is a partner at Venrock and focuses on healthcare IT and services investments. He currently serves on the board of Castlight Health and the advisory boards of Harvard Medical School Health Care Policy Department, USC Leonard D. Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics, National Institute of Healthcare Management, and ChildObesity180. He is also a Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution Engleberg Center for Health Reform and Co-Chair of the Health Data initiative, a joint effort of HHS and the Institute of Medicine, to release healthcare data to spur private sector innovation to improve healthcare cost and quality, and the board of the Hope Street Group.


Prior to Venrock, Bob served in the Obama Administration as Special Assistant to the President for Healthcare and Economic Policy and a member of the National Economic Council. In the Obama Administration, Bob was one of the shapers of the healthcare reform legislation focusing on cost, quality, and delivery system reform. He was one of the leaders of the First Lady’s “Let’s Move” childhood obesity initiative, led the formation of the Partnership for a Healthier America and served on the Federal Advisory Panel charged with developing a national obesity strategy. Prior to the White House, he was a Partner at McKinsey & Company where he led McKinsey Global Institute’s healthcare economics work and Center for U.S. Health Reform as well as worked with the various constituencies in the healthcare ecosystem to improve health policy, productivity, clinical outcomes, and patient experience.


Bob received undergraduate degrees from the University of Washington and a medical degree from George Washington University. He completed a research fellowship with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the National Institutes of Health, and went on to complete his internal medicine residency training at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and the Harvard Medical School.


Recent Posts by Robert Kocher

Doctors Without State Borders: Practicing Across State Lines

Note: In addition to Robert Kocher (photo and bio above), this post is authored, by Topher Spiro, Vice President, Health Policy, Center for American Progress ; Emily Oshima Lee, Policy Analyst, Center for American Progress; Gabriel Scheffler, Yale Law School student and former Ford Foundation...

Will The Readmission Rate Penalties Drive Hospital Behavior Changes?

Since the development of the metric in 1984 by Anderson and Steinberg, inpatient hospital readmission rates have been used as a marker for hospital quality. A good deal of attention is now being paid to the new readmission rate penalties in the Affordable Care Act (ACA). While the penalties...

Creating Outcome-Driven Health Care Markets

America’s health care market does not work well. It is inefficient, asymmetric, and in most cases not particularly competitive. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) legislated a myriad of changes to reform and improve insurance markets with exchanges as a centerpiece. While exchanges and reforms...

Meaningful Use Of Health IT Stage 2: The Broader Meaning

On February 24, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) issued the proposed “stage 2” rules for the meaningful use of electronic health records.   Stage 2 unequivocally lays out three bold...

March 15, 2012Health IT, Payment Policy, Quality