Director, Program to Improve Eldercare

Joanne Lynn PortraitJoanne Lynn, MD, MA (philosophy and public policy), MS (evaluative clinical sciences), is a geriatrician, hospice physician, health services researcher, quality improvement advisor, and policy advocate who has focused upon shaping American health care so that every person can count on living comfortably and meaningfully through the period of serious illness and disability in the last years of life, at a sustainable cost to the community. She now leads Altarum's work on eldercare.

Before coming to Altarum, Dr. Lynn has been a consultant to the Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, a faculty member of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, and a clinical expert in improvement for the Care Transitions Project at the Colorado Foundation for Medical Care. She has also been a senior researcher at RAND and a professor of medicine and community health at Dartmouth Medical School and The George Washington University.

Dr. Lynn has published more than 250 professional articles, and her dozen books include MediCaring Communities, a guide for reforms, The Handbook for Mortals, a guide for the public; The Common Sense Guide to Improving Palliative Care, an instruction manual for clinicians and managers seeking to improve quality; and Sick to Death and Not Going to Take it Any More!, an action guide for policymakers and advocates. She has also authored amicus briefs for key appellate court cases and has been often interviewed by reporters.

Dr. Lynn is a member of the Institute of Medicine and the National Academy of Social Insurance, a fellow of the American Geriatrics Society and The Hastings Center, and a master of the American College of Physicians. Her areas of expertise include chronic disease management, community health, managed care, end of life care, and the continuum of care.

Altarum Events Attended

America CARES Forum

Mon, Nov 14, 2016

The Pew Charitable Trusts Conference Center

Dignity for All: Ensuring Economic Security as America Ages

Tue, Nov 15, 2016

Kaiser Family Foundation’s Barbara Jordan Conference Center


MD, Boston University
MS, Evaluative Clinical Science, Dartmouth College
MA, Philosophy and Social Policy, George Washington University
BS, Biology, Dickinson College