Dr. Arlene Bierman, MD, MS, is a general internist, geriatrician, and inaugural holder of the Ontario Women's Health Council Chair in Women's Health; Professor in the Lawrence F. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing; and the Dalla Lana School of Public Health; and of Health Policy, Evaluation, and Management; and Medicine at the University of Toronto; and a Senior Scientist in the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute at St. Michael's Hospital. The principal investigator for the POWER Study (Project for an Ontario Women's Health Evidence-Based Report Card), she led the collaboration of an interdisciplinary group of investigators to provide actionable data to help policymakers and health care providers to improve health and reduce health inequities in Ontario. The POWER Study developed a model for integrating gender and equity analysis into performance measurement and reporting, bridging population health and clinical practice, and using a community engaged research model in the context of a quantitative study.
A 2012-13 Atlantic Philanthropies Health and Aging Policy Fellow/American Political Science Foundation Congressional Fellow, she worked in the US HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary of Health on implementation of the multiple chronic condition strategy. Previously, she was a Senior Research Physician in the Center for Outcomes and Effectiveness Research at the US Agency for Health Care Research and Quality. She was director of the Primary Care Internal Medicine Residency Program and director of the Primary Care Internal Medicine residency program and Department of Ambulatory Care, at Elmhurst Hospital Center in New York where she served on the faculty of the departments of Internal Medicine and Community and Preventive Medicine at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. She received her MD degree from the University of North Carolina, School of Medicine in Chapel Hill where she was a Morehead Fellow. She completed fellowships in Outcomes Research at Dartmouth Medical School, and Community and Preventive Medicine at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Her research is directed at examining the impact of models service delivery and finance on access, quality, and health outcomes among older adults, with a focus on low income populations, and the unique needs of older women. Her work addresses the interface between health policy, access to care, primary care practice and health outcomes.