Murray Ross is vice president, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc. and leads the Kaiser Permanente Institute for Health Policy
in Oakland, California. The Institute seeks to leverage evidence and experience from Kaiser Permanente's operations to shape public policy and private practice. The Institute supports research, expert roundtables, and conferences, all intended to increase understanding of policy issues and help identify solutions.
Murray brings the valuable ability to absorb and synthesize complex health care issues and to explain the practical implications of market developments and public policies to health care decision makers. He speaks frequently to domestic and international audiences on a wide range of health care topics and serves on the boards of a number of academic and non-profit organizations. His current work focuses on how American health care can make better use of new medical technology and how public policy can support better alignment of clinical and financial decision-making to improve the quality and affordability of health care.
Before joining Kaiser Permanente in 2002, Murray was a policy advisor to the United States Congress. He served five years as the executive director of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission, an influential nonpartisan agency that makes recommendations on Medicare policy to the Congress. Previously, he spent nine years at the Congressional Budget Office, ultimately leading the group charged with assessing the budgetary impact of legislative proposals affecting Medicare and Medicaid.
Murray earned his doctorate in economics from the University of Maryland, College Park, and completed his undergraduate work in economics at Arizona State University. He enjoys distance running, writing, and traveling (often together).