Value in Health Care Initiative


The American Heart Association and the Robert J. Margolis, MD, Center for Health Policy have established an groundbreaking new collaboration called the Value in Healthcare Initiative that aims to transform cardiovascular care.

The Initiative will leverage the strengths of each organization to increase access and affordability while eliminating barriers to necessary care.  Together, the two organizations will model and test solutions in cardiovascular care and treatment, document impact and results, and develop a framework for system-wide reform that supports an equitable and affordable system of care. This bold alliance aims to bring enterprise-wide solutions and leadership to the urgent issues facing patients.

As the nation’s oldest voluntary organization devoted to building healthier lives free of cardiovascular disease and stroke, the American Heart Association has a unique role in amplifying the patients’ voice. Duke-Margolis is a preeminent thought leader focused on redesigning the healthcare delivery system to better drive health and value of care in support of patients and has significant experience on payment reforms for care delivery and medical products. The organizations are uniquely positioned to put the patient voice at the forefront and define value through legal, regulatory and policy barriers while translating research into practical policy options. The American Heart Association and Duke-Margolis will collaborate on this initiative to identify key barriers and obstacles in the current system and develop disruptive solutions for models of care.

Research Team

Mark McClellan, MD, PhD
Director, Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy, Professor of Business, Medicine and Health Policy

Robert Califf, MD MACC
Professor of Medicine and Donald F. Fortin, M.D. Professor of Cardiology, School of Medicine

Robert Saunders, PhD
Research Director, Payment and Delivery Reform, Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy

Marianne Hamilton Lopez, PhD, MPA
Research Director, Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy

Gillian Sanders Schmidler, PhD
Deputy Director, Duke-Margolis and Academics and Professor of Population Health Sciences, School of Medicine

Haider Warraich, MD
Fellow in Cardiovascular Disease, Duke University Health System

Jedrek Wosik, MD
Fellow in Cardiovascular Disease, Duke University Health System

Manesh Raman Patel, MD
Professor of Medicine and Chief, Division of Cardiology and Chief, Division of Clinical Pharmacology

Daniel Benjamin Mark, MD
Professor of Medicine, School of Medicine


Funding for this project is provided by the American Heart Association.