The Robert J. Margolis, MD, Center for Health Policy was established in January 2016 with a $16.5 million gift from Duke medical school alumnus Robert J. Margolis and his wife Lisa, through the Robert and Lisa Margolis Family Foundation. Duke-Margolis catalyzes Duke University's leading capabilities including interdisciplinary academic research and capacity for education and engagement, to inform policy making and implementation for better health and health care.

The Center's Mission is to improve health and the value of health care through practical, innovative, and evidence-based policy solutions.

To achieve this mission, the Center:

  • Leads problem-focused, interdisciplinary health policy research
  • Conducts timely and impactful policy analysis
  • Develops and supports innovative educational and training opportunities in health policy across the educational continuum
  • Fosters cross-campus collaborations
  • Partners and engages with diverse external stakeholders
  • Translates research and evidence into implementable policy guidance
  • Evaluates health policy solutions across local, national, and global settings
We prioritize work that:
  • Spurs innovation that improves health and enhances value
  • Transforms health care through innovative use of increasingly rich data and analytics
  • Develops and applies evidence-driven strategies to address behavioral and social determinants of health
  • Develops more effective policies to advance health care integration while avoiding the adverse consequences of consolidation
  • Informs and improves decision making for patients, providers, product makers, payers, and policymakers
  • Provides health policy education for the next generation leaders in medicine, nursing, business, public policy, law, engineering, and academic research
  • Educates current and emerging health care leaders on the most effective policies and methods to transform health care

Duke-Margolis partners with funders and experts in healthcare policy and practice from around the world and is advised by an accomplished board of healthcare leaders representing academia, patients, policy research, payers, and providers. The Center has offices and staff on Duke University’s campus in Durham, North Carolina and at the Duke in DC offices in the heart of the nation’s capital.