George Isham, M.D., M.S., is senior advisor, HealthPartners, Inc. in Minneapolis, Minnesota. As Senior Advisor, Dr. Isham is responsible for working with the board of directors and the senior management team of HealthPartners on health and quality of care improvement for patients, members and the community. Prior to his appointment as Senior Advisor in 2012, Dr. Isham served as HealthPartners' Medical Director and Chief Health Officer, a position he held since 1993. Dr. Isham is also Senior Fellow, HealthPartners Institute for Education and Research. As Senior Fellow, he is responsible for facilitating forward progress at the intersection of population health research and public policy.
Dr. Isham is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine and was designated as a National Associate of the Institute of Medicine in 2003 recognition of his contribution to its work. He is active in health policy nationally and currently co-chairs the National Academy of Medicine's Roundtable on Population Health Improvement. He is a former member of the CDC’s Task Force on Community Preventive Services, AHRQ’s United States Preventive Services Task Force, founding co-chair of NCQA’s committee on performance measurement as well as founding co-chair of the NQF’s Measurement Application Partnership and a founding member of the advisory board for the National Guideline Clearinghouse.
Dr. Isham completed his bachelor of arts in zoology and master of science in preventive medicine/administrative medicine for the University of Wisconsin Madison and his Doctor of Medicine from the University of Illinois following which he completed his internship and residency in internal medicine, University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, Madison, Wisconsin.