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McBride Named Bernard Becker Professor

On November 5th, Tim McBride was installed as the Bernard Becker Professor at Washington University in St. Louis.

Dr. McBride is an influential health policy analyst and leading health economists who has helped to shape the national agenda on various health related issues. He currently studies the effects of health reform at the state and national levels related to the uninsured, diabetes policy, and long-term entitlement reform. He has several publications and the book “Transdisciplinary Public Health: Education, Research, and Practice” to his name.  

In addition to these scholarly accomplishments, McBride serves on many rural and national committees and boards including the Rural Policy Research Institute Health Panel, Methods Council for Academy Health, the St. Louis City Board of Health, and the state of Missouri’s MOHealthNET Oversight Committee for the Medicaid program.

In his keynote address “Bridging the Divide of Health and Economic Disparities in Rural America: Reflections from Research and Policy,” McBride focused on health-insurance disparities in rural America and urged researchers and policymakers to “concentrate on what connects us and not what divides us.”

McBride succeeds Dr. Ross Brownson in the Becker professorship, which is shared by the Brown School and the School of Medicine. He is co-director of the Center for Health Economics and Policy at the Institute for Public Health (CHEP) and the co-director for the Policy & Systems Science Core at the Center for Diabetes Translation Research.

About Bernard Becker
The late Bernard Becker, M.D., emeritus professor and former chair of the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, provided a gift to Washington University in 2013 which led to the establishment of this professorship.

As chair of the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences from 1953 to 1988, Dr. Becker led the department to international recognition for exceptional teaching, clinical care, and research, especially in the management of retinal detachment and glaucoma.

This post is an excerpt from the Brown School news story (published 11/09/2018)