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Len Nichols

Director, Center for Health Policy Research and Ethics

Research Interests: Health economics and health services research for health system stakeholders and clinical leaders, elected and appointed policy officials, and journalists

Len NicholsLen Nichols has been the Director of the Center for Health Policy Research and Ethics (CHPRE) and a Professor of Health Policy at George Mason University since 2010, where he continues to bridge the worlds of  health policy, health politics, health economics, health services research, and to help interpret it all for policy makers, private sector leaders, and journalists.  Len is the PI of a 5 year evaluation study of the CareFirst Patient Centered Medical Home program.  He has testified frequently before Congress and state legislatures, and is or has been an advisor to the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation, the Patient Centered Primary Care Collaborative, and to the Pan American Health Organization.  Len has worked  with the Commonwealth's official Health Reform Initiative  and the new Virginia Center for Health Innovation as well as with Fairfax County on its own health reform implementation options.  Past positions include Senior Advisor for Health Policy at the Office of Management and Budget, Vice President of the Center for Studying Health System Change, Principal Research Associate  at the Urban Institute, and chair of the Department of Economics at Wellesley College.  He received his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois.


  • Ph.D., Economics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1980
  • M.S., Economics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1978
  • M.A., Economics, University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, 1976
  • B.A., Economics and Business, Hendrix College, Conway, 1975


Grants & Contracts

"Virginia Health Reform Initiative – Health Care Reform Task Force." County of Fairfax, 2011-2012, Nichols (PI), $225,000.

Contact Information
Robinson B378D

Mailing Address
Center for Health Policy Research and Ethics
MS: 2D7
4400 University Dr
Fairfax, VA 22030-4444