John Michael O’Brien is Advisor to the Secretary and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health Policy. Dr. O’Brien joined HHS 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.