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Lou Rossiter

LOU ROSSITER is Research Professor, Thomas Jefferson Program in Public Policy, The College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, VA. Dr. Rossiter is the author of 14 edited books, one sole-author book published in 2001 on Medicare reform, over 50 journal publications on health economics and policy, and a new monograph on rising healthcare costs.


Rossiter is formerly the Secretary of Health and Human Resources for the Commonwealth of Virginia. As Secretary, he directed the implementation of Virginia's new private health insurance program for children and families; ensured significant further improvement in the state's mental health system; created new policy initiatives in the emerging field of human genetics; and brought the major information technology projects in the Secretariat to national prominence. Rossiter is formerly a professor at the Medical College of Virginia (MCV) Campus of Virginia Commonwealth University from 1982 to 2000 where he was the first director of the Williamson Institute for Health Studies. He took a leave of absence from the university from 1989-1992 to serve as deputy for policy to the Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). As deputy, he created and directed a new payment system for U.S. hospitals under Medicare and formulated all agency policy initiatives through the federal legislative process.

He currently serves on the Board of Regents of the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health; the Board of Directors of AcademyHealth and its Finance Committee; and is the 2010 Chair of the Board of Directors of the Coalition for Health Services Research. He has served on numerous boards and advisory groups including the National Advisory Council of the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

Rossiter, 60, received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his bachelors degree from Lenoir-Rhyne University.