Brian Biles, M.D., M.P.H.

Brian Biles, M.D., M.P.H.

Brian Biles is a Professor in the Department of Health Policy.

From his first professional job as a legislative assistant to a Kansas Congressman, to his position as Senior Vice President of the Commonwealth Foundation, Professor Biles has been helping to analyze and shape the nation's health care policy for more than three decades. He spent much of that time in government service. During his seven years as staff director of the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health, Dr. Biles helped to guide debate on Medicare and health financing legislation. Later, as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health at the Department of Health and Human Services in the Clinton Administration, he led policy development on health reform and public health issues. Dr. Biles also served as Deputy Secretary for Maryland's Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, where he was responsible for state programs in public health, Medicaid, health regulation and more. He joined the faculty of the School in 2000. Among other professional activities, Dr. Biles served as Director of the National Commission on Nursing Workforce for Long-Term Care, which issued its final report on worker retention and recruitment in April 2005. He also chairs the Medical Administrators Conference, and is a member of Delta Omega, a Fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine and an Invited Lecturer at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.


Bachelor of Arts (Honors in Political Science), University of Kansas, 1966
Doctor of Medicine, University of Kansas, 1971
Master of Public Health, School of Hygiene and Public Health, Johns Hopkins University, 1980


Role of Government in Health Policy, Department of Health Policy
Introduction to Health Services Delivery, Department of Health Services Management and Leadership


Dr. Biles's research focuses on key national health issues, including Medicare, managed care, health care cost-containment and long-term care.

Community Service

Professor Biles has served on the Institute of Medicine's Board on Health Care Services and on the New York Academy of Medicine's Committee on Medicine and Society. He has also served as a member of the Governing Council and Action Board of the American Public Health Association; a member of the Board of Directors of the Foundation for Health Services Research; and chair of the Board of Trustees of the American Medical Student Association Foundation.


  • Cancer Policy
  • Community Health Centers
  • Healthcare Cost Containment
  • Managed Care
  • Managed Care
  • Medicare
  • Medicare


Institutes & Centers

Selected Publications