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Photo of James Mongan, founder of The Mongan Institute

James J. Mongan, MD


The Mongan Institute was named in honor of Dr. James J. and Jean H. Mongan. Dr. Mongan was President and CEO of Partners HealthCare from 2003-2009, President of MGH from 1996-2002, and was a professor of health care policy and social medicine at Harvard Medical School. Prior to his tenure at MGH he served as Dean of the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine. Dr. Mongan also spent 11 years in Washington, DC, where he worked on Medicare and Medicaid legislation as a staff member of the Senate Committee on Finance, served in the Carter administration as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health, and worked at the White House as associate director of the domestic policy staff. He served on the board of trustees of the American Hospital Association and the Kaiser Family Foundation and was a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. Dr. Mongan passed away May 3, 2011.


View of the main entrance to Massachuetts General Hospital

Mongan Institute for Health Policy founded


The Mongan Institute of today was launched in 2016, but the Institute has a history at MGH spanning over two decades.


The Mongan Institute for Health Policy was founded as a center for research dedicated to the study and advancement of health policy. The institute was co-sponsored by MGH and the Partners HealthCare System with the goal of improving the quality and efficiency of health care locally and nationally. David Blumenthal, MD, MPP, served as the founding Director of the Mongan Institute for Health Policy from 1998-2009, and Lisa Iezzoni, MD, MSc, served as Director from 2009-2018, when MIHP changed its name to the Health Policy Research Center.

Panel convened to determine future research directions


A blue ribbon panel was commissioned to make recommendations on future research directions in the domains of population and health care delivery science. The resulting report recommended that MGH launch a comprehensive health care and population science research strategy leveraging internal synergies and external partnerships to increase the scope, impact, and reach of research at MGH.

New Mongan Institute launched & name changed


A new entity, the Mongan Institute, was formally launched, with Joshua P. Metlay, MD, PhD, serving as Interim Director from 2016-2018. In September 2018, Stephen Bartels, MD, MS, joined as Director of the Mongan Institute. Supported by the Department of Medicine, in conjunction with clinical research leadership at MGH and Partners HealthCare, the Mongan Institute brings together research and training programs related to population and health care delivery research. Click here to learn about the Mongan Institute's research programs. 

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