Atul Grover is a physician, health services researcher, and a nationally recognized expert in health policy with a deep commitment to improving the health of all Americans.
In his role as executive vice president at the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), Dr. Grover provides strategic leadership for an organization of 650 full-time staff with an operating budget of over $200 million a year. He guides the association’s progress in policy and advocacy, medical education, clinical affairs, science and research, including health services research. The AAMC membership includes 151 accredited U.S. and 17 accredited Canadian medical schools; nearly 400 major teaching hospitals and health systems, including 51 Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers; and more than 80 academic societies.
Dr. Grover engages with the leadership at these institutions, including medical school deans and health system chief executive officers (CEOs), as well as with their faculty and learners to strengthen and advance the health care system through innovations in medical education, research, and clinical care at the local and national level. From 2009-2016, Dr. Grover was the main architect and strategist for AAMC’s policy agenda as the Chief Public Policy Officer and led AAMC’s advocacy activities as Chief Advocacy Officer, effectively mobilizing the organization’s government relations, policy, and communications teams. He is adept at synthesizing and translating clinical and scientific knowledge into practical policy solutions and communicating such information with a diverse array of audiences, including policymakers, clinicians, health care leaders, and other stakeholders.
He also has worked closely with the health services research community to advance the goal of sustained, dedicated funding for the broad spectrum of health services research. Under his leadership, the AAMC has advocated in partnership with AcademyHealth and other stakeholders for the unique role health services research plays in promoting efficiency in public and private health care delivery systems through federal and non-federal agencies including AHRQ, the VA, NIH, and PCORI.
He holds a PhD in health and public policy from Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health and an MD with distinction from the George Washington University School of Medicine, and has faculty appointments at both institutions. He is a member of both the Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health and of Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society and currently serves on its Board of Directors. Dr. Grover also serves on the Board of Directors of Physicians for Peace and is a Fellow of both the American College of Physicians and the American College of Chest Physicians. In 2013, he received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the Wayne State University for advancing policies that will lead to better education for students while protecting and improving the health of the public.
Prior to his service at AAMC, Dr. Grover worked as a senior consultant for health care finance and applied economics at The Lewin Group, Inc. where he partnered with AHRQ’s Evidence-Based Practice Centers Coordinating Center to analyze clinical effectiveness, assessment of new technologies, and knowledge in health. Dr. Grover also had the honor of serving the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) as a member of the U.S. Public Health Service Corps, where he led the National Center for Health Workforce Analysis as chief medical officer and the Children’s Hospital Graduate Medical Education Program as its medical officer. He is a former AHRQ National Research Service Award Fellow and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in health services research at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
National media outlets regularly seek Dr. Grover’s expertise on a wide range of timely health care issues such as the US health care workforce, impacts of immigration policies on patient access and science, health care coverage, and hospital payment issues. His television appearances include NBC Nightly News, C-SPAN Washington Journal, and CNN. He is quoted in a wide range of print publications including the New York Times, Washington Post/Washington Post Online, and the Wall Street Journal. He is also an author for the Wall Street Journal’s blog, The Experts, and is active on Twitter @AtulGroverMD.