February 17, 2009
The RAND Corporation, a nonprofit research organization, has opened an office in Boston as part of a strategic effort to expand and strengthen its portfolio of health-related work and to foster collaborative opportunities with scientists affiliated with universities, private research groups and government in Eastern Massachusetts.
"We believe that having an office in Boston will help us attract researchers who can contribute to the broad research portfolio pursued by RAND Health and our other research units, as well," said James A. Thomson, president and CEO of RAND.
Dr. Eric Schneider, an expert in methods used to measure and improve quality and safety in health care, will lead the new RAND office. Schneider is an experienced researcher and physician, and has collaborated with RAND investigators for more than a decade. He is an associate professor of medicine in the Division of General Medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital and in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard School of Public Health.
The new office is located at 20 Park Plaza in the Back Bay area of Boston, adjacent to many of RAND Health's existing and potential collaborative partners. The location is RAND's sixth domestic office.
"With Eric Schneider spearheading the RAND Boston office, we look forward to attracting talent of the highest caliber," said Dr. Robert H. Brook, vice president and director of RAND Health. "Massachusetts has been a proving ground for innovations in insurance coverage expansion, delivery system improvement and investment in health information technology. We look forward to contributing to research that can accelerate broad adoption of such innovative practices."
When many universities and companies are freezing or scaling back recruitment efforts, RAND Health is actively recruiting junior and senior level researchers in all of its offices.
"The health-related challenges of the 21st century increasingly demand the creativity of multidisciplinary teams of scientists," Schneider said. "I look forward to bringing together talented investigators to work on these challenges."
RAND Health, a division of the RAND Corporation, is the nation's largest independent health policy research program, with a broad research portfolio that focuses on quality, costs and health services delivery, among other topics.