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    Jay S Himmelstein MD, MPH

    TitleProfessor
    InstitutionUniversity of Massachusetts Medical School
    DepartmentFamily Medicine and Community Health
    AddressUniversity of Massachusetts Medical School
    333 South Street
    Shrewsbury MA 01545
    Phone508-856-3957
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      InstitutionUMMS - School of Medicine
      DepartmentMedicine

      InstitutionUMMS - School of Medicine
      DepartmentQuantitative Health Sciences

      InstitutionUMMS - Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
      DepartmentClinical Population Health Research

      InstitutionUMMS - Programs, Centers and Institutes
      DepartmentCenter for Health Policy and Research

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        Jay S. Himmelstein, M.D., M.P.H.

        Dr. Himmelstein is a Professor of Family Medicine and Community Health, Quantitative Health Sciences and Internal Medicine at UMass Medical School. He also serves as Chief Health Policy Strategist for UMass Medical School’s Center for Health Policy and Research, and Senior Fellow in Health Policy for NORC at the University of Chicago where he provides expertise in health information technology and health insurance exchange policy, public sector health delivery system reform, and state-based health care reform implementation. His professional career in research, policy development and service is dedicated to improving health care and health outcomes for those served by the public sector.

        Currently Dr. Himmelstein is the Principal Investigator for the CCIIO-funded New England States Collaborative for Health Insurance Exchange Systems (NESCIES). Also known as the Massachusetts Early Innovator Cooperative Agreement, NESCIES was established to support health care reform through the creation of health insurance exchange (HIX) information technology components for Massachusetts that are consumer-focused, cost-effective, and sustainable and that can be leveraged by New England and other states to operate Health Insurance Exchanges (HIX).

        Dr. Himmelstein serves as a Senior Advisor to the Disability Health and Employment Group for the Center for Health Policy and Research and was the founding Director of Work Without Limits, a Massachusetts Disability Employment initiative (www.workwithoutlimits.org).

        An elected member of the National Academy of Social Insurance, Dr. Himmelstein has served as an expert consultant to the Social Security Administration, and to the Institute of Medicine, most recently as a member of the IOM Committee on Medical Evaluation of Veterans for Disability Compensation. He served as a Health Policy Fellow on the health staff of Senator Edward M. Kennedy from 1991 to 1992. Dr. Himmelstein serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation and has served an ad hoc reviewer for several peer reviewed journals including Health Affairs, the Journal of the American Public Health Association, the Journal of the American Medical Association, and Health Care Finance and Review. He currently serves on several non-profit boards including the Massachusetts Health Policy Forum and the Health Foundation of Central Massachusetts.

        During his career at UMass, Dr. Himmelstein has held numerous positions in research and academic administration including Director of the Occupational and Environmental Health Program (1988-1996), Robert Wood Johnson Foundation National Health Policy Fellow (1991-1992), Director of the Robert Wood Johnson Workers Compensation Health Initiative (1994-2000), Director of the Center for Health Policy and Research (1997-2007), Director of the Center for MassHealth Evaluation and Research (1997-2002), Assistant Chancellor for Health Policy (1992-2007) and Director of the Center for Health Policy and Research's Public Sector Health Information Technology and Exchange Policy Group (2005 -2011).

        Dr. Himmelstein is board certified in internal medicine and occupational and environmental health/preventive medicine. He received his bachelor’s degree from Johns Hopkins University, his medical degree from the University of Maryland Medical School, and received Masters degrees in Public Health and Physiology from the Harvard School of Public Health.

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        Jay S. Himmelstein, MD, MPH
        (508) 856-3957
        Jay.Himmelstein@umassmed.edu



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        1. Henry AD, Long-Bellil L, Zhang J, Himmelstein J. Unmet need for disability-related health care services and employment status among adults with disabilities in the Massachusetts Medicaid program. Disabil Health J. 2011 Oct; 4(4):209-18.
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        2. Gettens J, Mitra M, Henry AD, Himmelstein J. Have working-age people with disabilities shared in the gains of Massachusetts health reform? Inquiry. 2011; 48(3):183-96.
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        3. Hashemi L, Henry AD, Ellison ML, Banks SM, Glazier RE, Himmelstein J. The relationship of personal assistance service utilization to other Medicaid payments among working-age adults with disabilities. Home Health Care Serv Q. 2008; 27(4):280-98.
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        4. Henry AD, Banks S, Clark R, Himmelstein J. Mobility limitations negatively impact work outcomes among Medicaid enrollees with disabilities. J Occup Rehabil. 2007 Sep; 17(3):355-69.
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        5. Himmelstein J. Bleeding-edge benefits. Health Aff (Millwood). 2006 Nov-Dec; 25(6):1656-63.
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        6. Alfreds ST, Tutty M, Savageau JA, Young S, Himmelstein J. Clinical health information technologies and the role of medicaid. Health Care Financ Rev. 2006; 28(2):11-20.
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        7. Coleman M, Schnapp W, Hurwitz D, Hedberg S, Cabral L, Laszlo A, Himmelstein J. Overview of publicly funded managed behavioral health care. Adm Policy Ment Health. 2005 Mar; 32(4):321-40.
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        8. Pransky G, Katz JN, Benjamin K, Himmelstein J. Improving the physician role in evaluating work ability and managing disability: a survey of primary care practitioners. Disabil Rehabil. 2002 Nov 10; 24(16):867-74.
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        9. Pransky G, Benjamin K, Hill-Fotouhi C, Fletcher KE, Himmelstein J. Occupational upper extremity conditions: a detailed analysis of work-related outcomes. J Occup Rehabil. 2002 Sep; 12(3):131-8.
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        10. Pransky G, Benjamin K, Hill-Fotouhi C, Fletcher KE, Himmelstein J, Katz JN. Work-related outcomes in occupational low back pain: a multidimensional analysis. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2002 Apr 15; 27(8):864-70.
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        11. Dembe AE, Fox SE, Himmelstein JS. The RWJF workers' compensation health initiative: findings and strategies. Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Health Aff (Millwood). 2002 Jan-Feb; 21(1):251-5.
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        12. Deitchman S, Dembe AE, Himmelstein J. Advent of occupational health services research. Am J Ind Med. 2001 Sep; 40(3):291-4.
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        13. Pransky G, Benjamin K, Hill-Fotouhi C, Himmelstein J, Fletcher KE, Katz JN, Johnson WG. Outcomes in work-related upper extremity and low back injuries: results of a retrospective study. Am J Ind Med. 2000 Apr; 37(4):400-9.
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        14. Pransky G, Benjamin K, Himmelstein J, Mundt K, Morgan W, Feuerstein M, Koyamatsu K, Hill-Fotouhi C. Work-related upper-extremity disorders: prospective evaluation of clinical and functional outcomes. J Occup Environ Med. 1999 Oct; 41(10):884-92.
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        15. Himmelstein J, Buchanan JL, Dembe AE, Stevens B. Health services research in workers' compensation medical care: policy issues and research opportunities. Health Serv Res. 1999 Apr; 34(1 Pt 2):427-37.
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        16. Pransky G, Snyder T, Dembe A, Himmelstein J. Under-reporting of work-related disorders in the workplace: a case study and review of the literature. Ergonomics. 1999 Jan; 42(1):171-82.
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        17. Sorensen G, Stoddard A, Hunt MK, Hebert JR, Ockene JK, Avrunin JS, Himmelstein J, Hammond SK. The effects of a health promotion-health protection intervention on behavior change: the WellWorks Study. Am J Public Health. 1998 Nov; 88(11):1685-90.
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        18. Pransky G, Feuerstein M, Himmelstein J, Katz JN, Vickers-Lahti M. Measuring functional outcomes in work-related upper extremity disorders. Development and validation of the Upper Extremity Function Scale. J Occup Environ Med. 1997 Dec; 39(12):1195-202.
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        19. Pransky G, Long R, Hammer K, Schulz LA, Himmelstein J, Fowke J. Screening for carpal tunnel syndrome in the workplace. An analysis of portable nerve conduction devices. J Occup Environ Med. 1997 Aug; 39(8):727-33.
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        20. Dembe AE, Himmelstein JS, Stevens BA, Beachler MP. Improving workers' compensation health care. Health Aff (Millwood). 1997 Jul-Aug; 16(4):253-7.
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        21. Pransky G, Himmelstein J. Outcomes research: implications for occupational health. Am J Ind Med. 1996 Jun; 29(6):573-83.
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        22. Beavers JD, Himmelstein JS, Hammond SK, Smith TJ, Kenyon EM, Sweet CP. Exposure in a household using gasoline-contaminated water. J Occup Environ Med. 1996 Jan; 38(1):35-8.
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        23. Himmelstein J, Rest K. Working on reform. How workers' compensation medical care is affected by health care reform. Public Health Rep. 1996 Jan-Feb; 111(1):12-24; discussion 25.
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        24. Himmelstein JS, Feuerstein M, Stanek EJ, Koyamatsu K, Pransky GS, Morgan W, Anderson KO. Work-related upper-extremity disorders and work disability: clinical and psychosocial presentation. J Occup Environ Med. 1995 Nov; 37(11):1278-86.
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        25. Sorensen G, Himmelstein JS, Hunt MK, Youngstrom R, Hebert JR, Hammond SK, Palombo R, Stoddard A, Ockene JK. A model for worksite cancer prevention: integration of health protection and health promotion in the WellWorks Project. Am J Health Promot. 1995 Sep-Oct; 10(1):55-62.
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        26. Himmelstein J, Droney T, Pransky G, Morgan W, Feuerstein M. Development of a multidisciplinary research clinic for patients with work-related upper extremity disorders. J Ambul Care Manage. 1994 Apr; 17(2):34-43.
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        27. Himmelstein JS, Pransky GS. The ADA and you. Implications for the occupational health professional. J Occup Med. 1992 May; 34(5):501-2.
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        28. Snyder TB, Himmelstein J, Pransky G, Beavers JD. Business analysis in occupational health and safety consultations. J Occup Med. 1991 Oct; 33(10):1040-5.
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        29. Bartter T, Irwin RS, Abraham JL, Dascal A, Nash G, Himmelstein JS, Jederlinic PJ. Zirconium compound-induced pulmonary fibrosis. Arch Intern Med. 1991 Jun; 151(6):1197-201.
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        30. Kelsey KT, Christiani DC, Wegman DH, Himmelstein JS, Kern DG. Benzene and Hodgkin's disease. J Occup Med. 1991 Mar; 33(3):257.
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        31. Jederlinic PJ, Abraham JL, Churg A, Himmelstein JS, Epler GR, Gaensler EA. Pulmonary fibrosis in aluminum oxide workers. Investigation of nine workers, with pathologic examination and microanalysis in three of them. Am Rev Respir Dis. 1990 Nov; 142(5):1179-84.
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        32. Heimendinger J, Thompson B, Ockene J, Sorensen G, Abrams D, Emmons K, Varnes J, Eriksen MP, Probart C, Himmelstein J. Reducing the risk of cancer through worksite intervention. Occup Med. 1990 Oct-Dec; 5(4):707-23.
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        33. Paul M, Himmelstein J, Weinstein S, Pransky G, McDougal C, Brogie B, Legendre S. Ocular infections and the industrial use of microscopes. J Occup Med. 1989 Sep; 31(9):763-6.
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        34. Paul M, Himmelstein J. Reproductive hazards in the workplace: what the practitioner needs to know about chemical exposures. Obstet Gynecol. 1988 Jun; 71(6 Pt 1):921-38.
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        35. Pransky GS, Frumkin H, Himmelstein JS. Decision-making in worker fitness and risk evaluation. Occup Med. 1988 Apr-Jun; 3(2):179-91.
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        36. Himmelstein JS, Andersson GB. Low back pain: risk evaluation and preplacement screening. Occup Med. 1988 Apr-Jun; 3(2):255-69.
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        37. Himmelstein JS. Worker fitness and risk evaluations in context. Occup Med. 1988 Apr-Jun; 3(2):169-78.
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        38. Himmelstein JS, Levy BS. Environmental health aspects of the microelectronics industry. Occup Med. 1986 Jan-Mar; 1(1):175-94.
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        39. Frumkin H, Egilman D, Kelly M, Christiani D, Pepper L, Cone J, Sprince N, Himmelstein J. Asbestos-related diseases. JAMA. 1985 Sep 13; 254(10):1307-9.
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        40. Himmelstein JS, Frumkin H. The right to know about toxic exposures. Implications for physicians. N Engl J Med. 1985 Mar 14; 312(11):687-90.
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        41. Landrigan PJ, Baker EL, Himmelstein JS, Stein GF, Weddig JP, Straub WE. Exposure to lead from the Mystic River Bridge: the dilemma of deleading. N Engl J Med. 1982 Mar 18; 306(11):673-6.
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