John A. Graves is Assistant Professor at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, where he holds appointments in the Department of Health Policy and the Department of Medicine. His interdisciplinary research focuses on the development, implementation and evaluation of health care reforms at the state and federal level. John’s research on the dynamics of health insurance has played a particularly important role in recent policy debates: his research was cited in the U.S. Supreme Court’s arguments over the Affordable Care Act; has been featured prominently in the national media and in state debates over the impact of Medicaid expansion on hospital finances; and was a key catalyst for regulatory changes affecting the way patients pay for insurance plans in the state insurance marketplaces created by the Affordable Care Act.
Since joining the Vanderbilt faculty, John has expanded his research portfolio to include NIH-funded research on the returns to health care spending and on the appropriate use of hospital quality measures to guide delivery system reforms. In addition, he served as Principal Investigator on a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation-funded national initiative to identify local gaps in primary care capacity under the Affordable Care Act’s public and private coverage expansions. In 2013 he was awarded (as Co-Principal Investigator) a collaborative research grant through the NIH Common Fund’s Health Economics program to develop methodologies that will assess the value and appropriate use of personalized genomic medicine interventions in clinical decision-making and insurance program design.
Graves is a graduate of The University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. He holds a Ph.D. in Health Policy from Harvard University and is the recipient of fellowships and awards from the Agency for Health Care Research and Quality, the National Institute on Aging, the National Bureau of Economic Research, the American Statistical Association, and the National Academy of Social Insurance.