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Biography

Biographical/Historical Note

Wennberg is the founder and director emeritus of The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice and the Peggy Y. Thomson Professor in the Evaluative Clinical Sciences Emeritus at the Geisel School of Medicine. Wennberg's breakthrough insights are most notably represented in the Dartmouth Atlas of Health Care, which examines the patterns of medical resource intensity and utilization in the United States. Since its founding by Wennberg in 1996, the Atlas project has reported on patterns of end-of-life care, inequities in the Medicare reimbursement system, and the underuse of preventative medicine, among other topic areas. Using Vermont's population as a research microcosm for his seminal small area study analyses, he coined the term "unwarranted variation" in the context of health care delivery and outcomes research. He is known as a health care delivery reformer and important critic of traditional medical delivery and insurance reimbursement practices, a proponent for evaluative science in biomedical research and health services research at a national scale.