Dr. Wright is an Associate Professor and the Director of Health Services and Outcomes Research in the Department of Family Medicine. He also serves as the Co-Director of the Program on Healthcare Economics and Finance at the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research. He received his PhD in health policy and management from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and completed an AHRQ-funded postdoctoral fellowship in health services research at Brown University. Before returning to Carolina, he served on the faculty of the Department of Health Management and Policy at the University of Iowa, where he also held an appointment in the Public Policy Center and taught graduate-level courses in the U.S. health care system, health policy, and policy analysis.
Dr. Wright’s research has been funded by the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, the National Institute on Aging, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the Retirement Research Foundation, and the Iowa Department of Human Services. He has published more than 50 peer-reviewed articles in journals including the New England Journal of Medicine, Health Affairs, Medical Care, Health Services Research, the Annals of Emergency Medicine, the Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law, and the American Journal of Public Health. He is a very active member of AcademyHealth and served as Chair of their Disparities Interest Group from 2018 – 2019. In recognition of his contributions to the field of health services research, Dr. Wright received the John D. Thompson Prize for Young Investigators from AUPHA in 2016.
Areas of Interest
Dr. Wright’s research focuses on understanding the causes and consequences of disparities in health care delivery, with an emphasis on publicly insured populations (i.e., Medicare and Medicaid), primary care, and emergency medicine. He is one of the nation’s leading experts on both federally qualified health centers and hospital observation stays. His additional research interests include health politics and policy, health reform, and patient and public involvement in health care.