Michael Anderson

Senior Advisor

US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

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Michael Anderson

Dr. Anderson received his Bachelor’s degree from John Carroll University, his MD from Case Western Reserve, and his MBA in Health Care from Kent State University.

He spent the majority of his career as a Pediatric Intensivist and Health Care Administrator at Case Western Reserve and UH/Rainbow Babies and Children’s in Cleveland, serving as Chief Medical Officer for the 15-hospital UH system from 2008 to 2016.

Dr. Anderson served as the inaugural President of UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals from 2016 to 2020, where he focused on program integration, leadership recruitment, and novel program development.

He currently serves as a Senior Advisor at HHS/ASPR in Washington DC, focused on COVID therapeutics and helping drive a pediatric-focused response agenda. Dr. Anderson has also taken on the role of Senior Advisor at Children’s National Hospital in DC, focused on pandemic response, leadership development, and strategic planning.

Dr. Anderson’s advocacy career has been served primarily in assuring children have adequate focus and resources when disasters strike. As President George W. Bush’s appointee, he served as Vice-Chair of the National Commission on Children and Disasters. In 2014, Dr. Anderson was appointed by the Obama Administration to chair the National Advisory Committee on Children and Disasters at HHS. In addition, he has chaired an IOM task force on pediatric readiness and published on critical care and disaster topics.

Dr. Anderson has been a regular contributor on MSNBC, focused primarily on pediatric issues.

Dr. Anderson has served on several nonprofit boards, including the Marian K. Shaughnessy Nurse Leadership Academy at CWRU, the FBI Citizens Academy Foundation, the Cuyahoga Health Alliance Program, the Children’s Museum of Cleveland, John Carroll University Board of Directors, the Community Advisory Board for Cleveland State University’s Urban Health Program, the American Heart Association Heart Ball and the Jesuit Friends and Alumni Network.

He is proudly Jesuit-educated and has received several awards from John Carroll University, including the Alumni Medal and an Honorary Degree.

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