Aaron Carroll, MD, MS
It can seem impossible to get a real handle on what's going on in U.S. healthcare, moreover, understand what the future holds for healthcare reform, and how it will affect people and businesses. Director of the Center for Health Policy and Professionalism Research at Indiana University School of Medicine and a leading expert on healthcare reform, Dr. Carroll uses publicly available data and unbiased research and continues to be a sought after speaker on cost, quality and access. On another equally important topic, myth-busting is nothing new for Dr. Carroll as he continues to distinguish medical truths from myths as co-Author of the popular book: Don't Swallow Your Gum: Myths, Half-Truths, and Outright Lies About Your Body and Health.
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Aaron E. Carroll is a Professor of Pediatrics, Associate Dean for Research Mentoring, and the Director of the Center for Health Policy and Professionalism Research at the Indiana University School of Medicine. He earned a BA in chemistry from Amherst College, an MD from the University Of Pennsylvania School Of Medicine, and an MS in health services research from the University of Washington, where he was also a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar. His research focuses on health care financing reform; the study of information technology to improve pediatric care; and areas of health policy including physician malpractice and the pharmaceutical industry/physician relationship.
Dr. Carroll was one of the first to study the use of mobile devices, such as Palm Pilots, in actual care and has written numerous publications on the subject. He has held millions of dollars in various government agency grants to explore the use of information technology in health care and is one of the leading pediatric informaticists in the U.S. Dr. Carroll has also served in this capacity in committees for the American Academy of Pediatrics and is the co-founder of Medical Data Solutions, one of the first software companies to create programs for health professionals for mobile devices.
He is a regular contributor to the New York Times, as well as other media outlets, and he is the co-author of three books on medical myths, including the popular Don't Swallow Your Gum: Myths, Half-Truths, and Outright Lies About Your Body and Health. Dr. Carroll says people have more access to medical information than ever before, and yet we still believe "facts" about our bodies and health that are just plain wrong. Myth-busting is nothing new for Dr. Carroll who is not just a compelling speaker and extremely well-informed researcher and policy expert, but he has a great ability to spot the important issues and, to point out the disconnects, and the myths in health and wellness. His blog, The Incidental Economist, is one of the most well-read health policy blogs in the world. His work has been featured nearly all major international print magazines and newspapers, and he has appeared on Good Morning America, the CBS Evening News, ABC News, and The Colbert Report.