Aaron Carroll, MD, MS

It exceeded our expectations! He was able to present a complex and potentially contentious topic in a non-biased, factual manner that engaged the audience and prompted numerous questions.

– Upsher-Smith Laboratories, Inc.

About Keynote Speaker Aaron Carroll

Aaron E. Carroll, MD, MS, 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. On campus, he was recently named IU director of surveillance and mitigation for the COVID pandemic. Dr. Carroll’s 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. He also serves as Regenstrief Institute’s vice president for faculty development where he leads Regenstrief’s faculty development strategy and implementation efforts.

Speech Topics


Listening to media coverage about the US health care system, it can seem impossible to get a real handle on what’s going on. Moreover, understanding what the future holds for health care reform, and how it will affect people, businesses, and the country doesn’t appear possible. Contrary to what many say, there are a number of replacement plans for the ACA that have Republican support. The problem is that these plans differ on critical issues, and resolving them may be difficult. This year may be the most critical since the law was first past. Dr. Carroll, a leading expert on health care reform, uses publicly available data and unbiased research to cut through the rhetoric and clearly explain potential changes, including:

  • Will the ACA be repealed? How might that happen? What about Repeal and Replace? Repeal and Delay? What’s going on right now, and what’s likely to happen next.
  • Medicaid: Will the expansion be repealed? Will Medicaid be reformed to a block grant program? What will happen in different states? What will it mean for individuals? For physicians? For hospitals? For the health care industry? Where are things moving?
  • Health Insurance Exchanges: Will these disappear? Will insurance companies continue to offer products? What will changes mean for businesses? For individuals?
  • New Regulations: The ACA brought with it new taxes, new fees, and new rules. How might plans for reform affect these? How will they affect your industry?

Dr. Carroll offers a Q/A, following this keynote, providing a lively discussion for attendees.


We have never been more exposed to news about health and health research, yet we feel totally confused. One day we hear that something is going to kill us; the next day we hear that it will make us live longer. We don’t know what to eat, what to do, or what we should worry about. As a researcher, journal editor, and New York Times columnist, few are as positioned as Dr. Carroll to discuss how the ways in which research is conducted, published, and reported on can both inform and confuse us. Using real-world examples “ripped from the headlines”, Dr. Carroll will explain how you can become a better consumer of health news, and – ultimately – live a happier and healthier life.


As we in the US continue to fight about how to fix our health care system, many are starting to look globally to see what other systems can teach us about reform. Contrary to what many in the media often portray, there are many, many different kinds of health care systems all over the world. Some do better in terms of quality, some do better in terms of access, and almost all of them do better in terms of costs.

There are trade-offs, though, to many of the approaches that other countries take, and merely focusing on one or a few aspects in particular fails to give the full understanding of the complexities involved in comparing other health care systems to our own.Dr. Carroll, a leading expert on health care policy, will walk audience members through the design of a number of countries’ health care systems, explain how they differ from ours in terms of cost, quality, innovation, technology, wait times, coverage, and flexibility. He will explain how many of them made the choices they did, and what that has meant for their past and future. Finally, he will show how adopting some of the ideas behind them, while leading to inevitable tradeoffs, could make the US health care system much more successful.

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