Dr. Coulam has been an academic and researcher for 35 years. He was formerly a Principal at Abt Associates, where he managed large-scale research and evaluation projects on Medicare and Medicaid policy issues. He has been active in research efforts supporting recent federal initiatives to reform the Medicare program and an advisor to federal agencies on health reform initiatives. He led the technical support team for Medicare’s demonstration of competitive pricing for health plans in the late 1990s. He has been active in research efforts supporting recent federal initiatives to reform the Medicaid and Medicare programs, to develop and evaluate quality measures for physician services, and to evaluate markets for individual and small group health insurance under federal health reform. His most recent publications focus on the technical, legal, and political problems of applying competitive pricing to Medicare. Dr. Coulam's work has been published in Health Services Research, Health Affairs, Health Care Financing Review, Journal of Health Policy Politics and Law, and other health services research journals. At Simmons, his primary responsibilities are to enhance the Health Care MBA program's research activities and funding and to teach courses in health policy, health law, and the health system. He also does work on international human rights, focused on issues of interrogation, morality, and terrorism.