Dora Hughes, M.D, M.P.H.

Chief Medical Officer
CMS Innovation Center

Dora Hughes, M.D., M.P.H., is Chief Medical Officer at the CMS Innovation Center at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. She leads the Center’s work on health equity, provides clinical input on models, liaises with stakeholder groups, and directs CMMI’s clinician community.

Previously, Dr. Hughes served as an Associate Research Professor of Health Policy & Management at George Washington University, where her work focused on the intersection of clinical and community health, health equity, healthcare quality and workforce. Prior to this role, Dr. Hughes was a Senior Policy Advisor at Sidley Austin, where she advised on regulatory and legislative matters in the life science industry. Additionally, Dr. Hughes served as the Counselor for Science & Public Health at the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services in the Obama Administration, helping to implement the Affordable Care Act and providing guidance to the Public Health Service Act authorized agencies and Food and Drug Administration.

Dr. Hughes began her career in health policy as Senior Program Officer at the Commonwealth Fund, and subsequently was Deputy Director for the HELP Committee for the late Senator Edward M. Kennedy and Health Policy Advisor to former Senator Barack Obama.

Dr. Hughes received a B.S. from Washington University, M.D. from Vanderbilt and M.P.H. from Harvard. She completed an internal medicine residency at Brigham & Women’s Hospital.

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