Gary Gaumer

Associate Professor; Faculty Leader, Accounting, Finance, and Economics Department

Phone: 617-521-2373
Office: M342



Dr. Gaumer is a health economist with program responsibility for courses in Economics and Business Performance Measurement. He has been a prominent health services researcher, leading the activities of Cambridge-based Abt Associates in this area for many years. An expert on incentive payment systems in health care, he has helped Medicare develop and test incentive systems and has established systems for Medicaid in states including Massachusetts, Maine, Connecticut, Montana, Alaska and New Mexico. He also has done research on international health, alternative medicine, telemedicine and healthcare labor markets. As a consultant, he designs and implements health financing and information systems reforms for clients, including the U.N., World Bank and the U.S. State Department, in such countries as Egypt, Jordan, China, Albania, Armenia, Kosovo, and Iraq. He serves on the Board of the VNA Care Network Hospice. He is a former faculty member and now Research Scholar at the Heller School at Brandeis University where he does research on international health topics for the Gates Foundation and other clients. Recent work for Gates has focused on quantitative papers dealing with improving the effectiveness of global malaria policy.


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Consulting Work

Dr. Gaumer does consulting for international donor organizations to advise governments about ways to improve the performance of their health system. Recent clients have included UNAIDS, USAID, DFID (British), World Bank, among others. For these clients he does incentive program design work, pilot program evaluation, workshops on international best practices, and design of simple primary care information systems. In the last couple of years, Dr. Gaumer has worked in Egypt, Iraq, Kuwait, Jordan, Lebanon, Kosovo, and China.