John O'BrienDeputy Assistant Secretary
John Michael O’Brien is the Deputy Assistant Secretary (Health Policy) for Planning and Evaluation. He leads a team of interdisciplinary experts who bridge Departmental programs, public and private sector activities, and the research community to develop, analyze, coordinate and provide leadership on health policy issues for the Secretary. The Office of Health Policy conducts policy, economic and budget analyses, assists in the development and review of regulations, budgets, and legislation and publishes research, evaluations and analysis of key health policy priorities.
Dr. O’Brien joined ASPE from CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield. As Vice President of Public Policy, he represented CareFirst and advised its leadership on federal and state policy, led internal research and external program evaluations, and served as an internal expert on payment policy and delivery system reform. He has also worked at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the Notre Dame of Maryland University College of Pharmacy, and pharmacy and pharmaceutical organizations.
John has a master’s degree in public health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, a doctor of pharmacy degree from Nova Southeastern University, and studied pharmacy and public policy at the University of Florida.