Wade Michael Aubry, MD

Associate Clinical Professor, Department of Medicine

Wade M. Aubry, M.D. is Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine at the Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies at UCSF, where his research focuses on technology assessment, evidence-based medicine, health insurance coverage, and health care quality. He is also Associate Director of the Center for Medical Technology Policy, a new nonprofit organization which identifies evidence gaps on important medical technologies and facilitates real world studies to provide needed information to various decision makers in the private and public sectors. He teaches medical students at UCSF in clinical medicine and health policy.

Dr. Aubry has extensive experience with the Blue Cross Blue Shield system and Medicare and is currently Senior Medical Advisor to the Blue Shield of California Foundation’s California Technology Assessment Forum, a public process of technology assessment using evidence-based criteria. Previously, he was Vice President of the Lewin Group, a health care consulting firm, Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer for Blue Shield of California, Medicare Part B Medical Director for Northern California, and National Medical Consultant for the BCBSA, where he chaired its Technology Evaluation Center’s national technology (TEC) assessment panel for 6 years and represented the Association in a variety of national roles related to technology assessment, clinical research, and health care quality.

Dr. Aubry received his B.S. degree Phi Beta Kappa from Stanford University, his M.D. degree from the UCLA School of Medicine, and his postgraduate training in internal medicine and endocrinology from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. He has served on numerous national committees and health care advisory groups, including two terms on the CMS Medicare Coverage Advisory Committee and current memberships on the AHRQ Effective Health Care Program Stakeholder Group, the American College of Radiology Imaging Network (ACRIN) Advisory Panel, and the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) Geriatrics Measurement Advisory Panel. He has also served on a strategic advisory panel for the National Library of Medicine and has had ongoing contributions to the IOM Roundtable on Evidence-Based Medicine. Dr. Aubry has authored many articles on medical technology and managed care and is co-author of a comprehensive case study on bone marrow transplants for breast cancer which was published in January 2007 by Oxford University Press entitled False Hope: Bone Marrow Transplantation for Breast Cancer. Recent reviews of this book can be found in the September 6, 2007 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine and the Nov/Dec 2007 issue of Health Affairs.

Selected Projects: 

California Health Benefits Review Program (http://www.chbrp.org), AHRQ Effective Health Care Program Stakeholder Group, IOM Roundtable on Evidence-Based Medicine, NCQA Geriatrics Measurement Advisory Panel, Center for Medical Technology Policy (http://www.cmtpnet.org), and California Technology Assessment Forum (http://www.ctaf.org)

Teaching:  Clinical Ambulatory Medicine and Health Policy Intercessions (medical technology assessment and coverage, health care organization and finance, and health care quality) for 3rd and 4th year UCSF medical students.