Alan M. Garber, MD, PhD is Provost of Harvard University and the Mallinckrodt Professor of Health Care Policy at Harvard Medical School, a Professor of Economics in the Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Professor of Public Policy in the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management in the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
As Provost, Dr. Garber serves as Harvard’s chief academic officer. He oversees academic activities throughout the university, with direct responsibility for inter-school initiatives, faculty development, research policy, international affairs, and advances in learning. Additionally, the Provost’s Office includes the Harvard Art Museums, the Harvard Library, HarvardX, the American Repertory Theater, and the Arnold Arboretum.
Before becoming the Provost at Harvard, Dr. Garber was the Henry J. Kaiser Jr. Professor and a Professor of Medicine, as well as a Professor of Economics, Health Research and Policy, and Economics in the Graduate School of Business (by courtesy) at Stanford University. From 1997 to 2011, Dr. Garber was Director of the Center for Primary Care and Outcomes Research in the Stanford University School of Medicine and Director of the Center for Health Policy at Stanford. From 1986 to 2011, he served as a Staff Physician at the Department of Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System.
Dr. Garber is an Elected Member of the Association of American Physicians, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, and an Elected Fellow of the American College of Physicians and the Royal College of Physicians. He is a member of the Board on Science, Technology, and Economic Policy of the National Academies.
Dr. Garber graduated summa cum laude from Harvard College with an AB in Economics in 1976. He earned an AM in Economics in 1977 and a PhD in Economics in 1982, both from Harvard University. In 1983, he received his MD with research honors from the Stanford University School of Medicine.