National Quality Forum Expert Panel
Center for Health Policy and Health Services Research
Henry Ford Health System
One Ford Place (3A)
Detroit, MI 48202
David Nerenz, PhD, is director of the Center for Health Policy and Health Services Research at Henry Ford Health System (HFHS). In this role, he is responsible for research on innovation in organization of health care services and for analysis of federal and state health reform initiatives. He is also director of outcomes research for the Neuroscience Institute and vice-chair for research of the Department of Neurosurgery at Henry Ford Hospital. In these roles, he is responsible for fostering clinical research in several specific areas (for example, spine surgery, stroke, traumatic brain injury), supporting translational research of novel approaches to treatment developed by HFHS bench researchers, and leading the development of a statewide quality improvement collaborative for spine surgery. He was appointed in May 2012 as a commissioner on the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC). He recently served as the co-chair of the National Quality Forum (NQF) Expert Panel on risk adjustment for socioeconomic factors, chair of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) Committee on Leading Health Indicators for Healthy People 2020, and chair of the IOM Subcommittee on Standardized Collection of Race/Ethnicity Data for Healthcare Quality Improvement. Dr. Nerenz received his PhD degree in social psychology from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, in 1979.