Gary Young

Director, Center for Health Policy and Healthcare Research
  • Department of Health Sciences

Office: 137 RI
Phone: 617-373-2528


Gary Young is Director of the Northeastern University Center for Health Policy and Healthcare Research as well as Professor of Strategic Management and Healthcare Systems, Northeastern University.  He is also affiliated with the Health Services Research and Development Service of the Department of Veterans Affairs.  Before joining Northeastern University, he was chairman of the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Boston University School of Public Health.  He has also worked as a healthcare attorney and analyst within the federal government and for a national healthcare consulting firm. His expertise includes measurement and evaluation of health care outcomes, application of business analytics and intelligence to health care delivery, and the design of financial incentive programs to improve the quality and efficiency of patient care.  His published work has appeared in such journals as the New England Journal of Medicine, Journal of the American Medical Association, Health Affairs, Medical Care, Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law, and Academy of Management Journal.  In 1998, he received from the Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA) the John D. Thompson Prize in Health Services Research. In 2012, he was appointed by the US Secretary of the Treasury to the Internal Revenue Service’s Advisory Committee on Tax Exempt and Government Entities, one of several congressionally mandated committees that advise the IRS on policy and procedural issues. He received a law degree and Ph.D. in Management from the State University of New York.


Education:  J.D., Ph.D., State University of New York at Buffalo

Certification: Member of Connecticut Bar

Specializations: Healthcare management, measurement and evaluation of quality of care, health care policy

Research Interests: Strategic management of healthcare delivery organizations, quality of care, antitrust law, pay-for-performance

Selected Research/Scholarship Projects:

  • Design, implementation and impact of pay-for-performance programs for improving quality of care
  • Governance models for health care organizations
  • Organizational and management determinants of patient care quality 

Key Experiential Learning Opportunities for Students 

  • Opportunities for students to work on research projects pertaining to health policy and health care management

Public Service: 

  • Member of national task force on physician profiling, Veterans Health Administration, January – May 1998.
  • Member of Department of Veterans Affairs Scientific Review and Evaluation Board,1999 – 2002.
  • Member of study panel for National Academy of Social Insurance examining long-term strategies for restructuring Medicare, 2000 – 2003.
  • Member of review committee for letters of intent for research funding, Department of Veterans Affairs (pre-submission requirement for full grant proposals), 2003.
  • Member of Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Care Quality and Effectiveness Research Study Section, 2003- 2006.
  • Member of Department of Veterans Affairs Merit Review Entry Program (provides financial support for junior faculty), 2004 – 2006.
  • Institute of Medicine and Academy of Management (joint undertaking of the two professional organizations), Committee for Medicare Quality Improvement Program, 2006-2007.


  • University of Michigan
  • Boston University


  • Evaluation of quality of care
  • Strategic management of health care organizations


Daley, J., M. Forbes, G. Young, M. Charns, J. Gibbs, K. Hur, W. Henderson, S. Khuri, “Validating Risk-Adjusted Surgical Outcomes: Site Visit Assessment of Process and Structure” Journal of the American College of Surgeons, 1997; 185: 341-351.

Young, G., M. Charns, J. Daley, M. Forbes, W. Henderson, S. Khuri, “Best Practices for Managing Surgical Services: The Role of Coordination” Health Care Management Review, 1997; 22: 72 – 81.

Young, G., R. Beekun, and Y. Stedham, “Board Characteristics, Managerial Controls and Corporate Strategy: A Study of U.S. Hospitals” (authors contributed equally) Journal of Management, 1998; 24: 3-19.

Young, G., M. Charns, K. Desai, J. Daley, M. Forbes, W. Henderson, and S. Khuri, “Patterns of Coordination and Clinical Outcomes: A Study of Surgical Services“ Health Services Research, 1998; 35: 1211-1236.

Young, G., and K. Desai, “The Community Impact of Nonprofit Hospital Conversions: Evidence from Three States” Health Affairs, 1999; 18: 146-154.

Young, G., M. Meterko, and K. Desai, “Patient Satisfaction with Hospital Care: Effects of Demographic and Institutional Characteristics” Medical Care, 2000; 38: 325-334.

Young, G., Y. Stedham, and R. Beekun, “Board Composition and the Adoption of a CEO Performance Evaluation Process: Agency and Institutional Theory Perspectives” Journal of Management Studies, 2000; 37: 277-295.

Desai, K., C. VanDeusen Lukas, and G. Young, “Public Hospitals: Privatization and Uncompensated Care” Health Affairs, 2000; 19: 167-172.

Young, G., K. Desai, and F. Hellinger, “Community Control and the Pricing Patterns of Nonprofit Hospitals: An Antitrust Analysis” Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law, 2000; 25: 1051-1082.  

Berlowitz, D., G. Young, G. Brandeis, B. Kader, and J. Anderson, “Health Care Reorganization and Quality of Care: Unintended Effects on Pressure Ulcer Prevention” Medical Care, 2001; 39:138-146. 

Young, G., “Managing Organizational Transformations: The Case of the Veterans Health Administration” CaliforniaManagement Review, 2000; 43: 66-82.

Young, G., M. Charns, and S. Shortell, “Top Manager and Network Effects on the Adoption of Innovative Management Practices: A Study of TQM in a Public Hospital System” Strategic Management Journal, 2001; 22: 935-951.

Hellinger, F. and G. Young. “Physician Antitrust Exemption Legislation: Adjusting the Balance of Power” Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), 2001; 286:83-88.

Young, G., J. Burgess, and D. Valley, “Competition Among Hospitals for the Business of HMOs: Effect of Price and Non-Price Attributes” Health Services Research, 2002; 37:1267-1290.

Berlowitz, D., G. Young, E. Hickey, D. Saliba, B. Mittman, E. Czarnoski, B. Simon, J. Anderson, A. Ash, L. Rubenstein, and M. Moscowitz, “Quality Improvement Implementation in the Nursing Home” Health Services Research, 2003; 38: 65-83.

Young, G., M. Charns, and T. Hereen, “Product Line Management in Professional Organizations: An Empirical Test of Competing Theoretical Perspectives” Academyof ManagementJournal, 2004; 47: 723-734.

Young, G., M. Meterko, D. Mohr (authors contributed equally) “Teamwork Culture and Patient Satisfaction in Hospitals” Medical Care, 2004; 42: 492-502.

Hellinger, F., and G. Young, “Health Plan Liability and Managed Care: The Expanding Scope of State Legislation” American Journal of Public Health, 2005; 95: 217-222.

Burgess, J. K. Carey, and G. Young, “The Effect of Network Arrangements on Hospital Pricing Behavior” Journal of Health Economics, 2005; 24: 391-405.

Young, G., B. White, J. Burgess, D. Berlowitz, M. Meterko, M. Guldin, and B. Bokhour. “Conceptual Issues in the Design and Implementation of Pay-for-Quality Programs” American Journal of Medical Quality, 2005; 20: 144-150.

Young, G., D. Mohr. M. Meterko, M. Nealon-Seibert and G. McGlynn, “Physician Self-Reported Adherence to Evidence-Based Prescribing Practices in the Treatment of Schizophrenia” Psychiatric Services, 2006;57: 130-132.

Meterko, M., Young, G., B. White, J. Burgess, D. Berlowitz, M. Meterko, M. Guldin, and B. Bokhour,. “Physician Attitudes Toward Pay-for-Performance Programs: Development and Validation of a Measurement Instrument” Health Services Research, 2006; 41: 1959- 1978.

Young, G. and D. Conrad, “Practical Issues in the Design and Implementation of Pay-for-Quality Programs” Journal of Healthcare Management, 2007; 52: 10-19.

Young,G., M. Meterko, B. White, B. Bokhour, K. Sautter, D. Berlowitz, and J. Burgess, Jr.,  “Physician Attitudes Toward Pay-for-Quality Programs: Perspectives from the Front Line” Medical Care Research and Review, 2007; 64: 331-343.

Young, G., M. Meterko, H. Beckman, E. Baker, B. White, K. Sautter, R. Greene, K. Curtin,B. Bokhour, D. Berlowitz, and J. Burgess, Jr.,  “Effects of Paying Physicians Based on Their Relative Performance for Quality” Journal of General internal Medicine, 2007; 22: 872- 876.

Young, G., J. Burgess and B. White, “Pioneering Pay-for-Performance: Lessons from Rewarding Results” Health Care Financing Review, 2007; 29: 59-70.

Alexander, J., G. Young, B. Weiner and Larry Hearld, “Governance and Community Benefit: Are Nonprofit Hospitals Good Candidates for Sarbanes-Oxley Reforms?” Journal of  Health Politics, Policy and Law, 2008; 33: 199-224.

Carey, K., J. Burgess, and G. Young, “Specialty and Full-Service Hospitals: A Comparative Cost Analysis” Health Services Research, 2008; 43: 1869-1887.

Young, G., M. Meterko, D. Mohr, M Shwartz, and H. Lin, “Congruence in the Assessment of Service Quality Between Employees and Customers: A Study of a Public Health Care Delivery System” Journal of Business Research, 2009; 62: 1127-1135.

Carey, K. J. Burgess, and G. Young, “Specialty Hospitals and Nurse Staffing Patterns” Medical Care Research and Review, 2009, 66: 307-319.

Alexander, J., G. Young, B. Weiner, and L. Hearld. “How Do System-Affiliated Hospitals Fare in Providing Community Benefit?” Inquiry, 2009, 46: 72-91.

Carey, K. J. Burgess, and G. Young, “Single Specialty Hospitals and Service Competition” Inquiry, 2009, 46: 162-171.

Young G., M. Meterko, B. White, B. Bokhour, and J. Silver.  “Pay-for-Performance in Safety-Net Settings: Issues, Opportunities, and Challenges for the Future” Journal of Healthcare Management, 2010, 55; 132-141.

Stolzmann, K., M.  Meterko, M. Shwartz, G. Young, E. Pekoz, J. Benzer, K. Osatuke,  B. White, D. Mohr.  “Accounting for Variation in Technical Quality and Patient Satisfaction: The Contribution of Patient, Provider, Team and Medical Center” Medical Care, 2010, 48: 676-682.