Aaron E. Carroll, MD

2019, San Francisco, California

Aaron E. Carroll, MD, MS, is a Professor of Pediatrics, Associate Dean for Research Mentoring, and the Director of the Center for Health Policy and Professionalism Research at the Indiana University School of Medicine. His research focuses on health care financing reform; the study of information technology to improve pediatric care; and areas of health policy including physician malpractice and the pharmaceutical industry/physician relationship. Dr. Carroll also serves as Regenstrief Institute’s vice president for faculty development where he leads Regenstrief’s faculty development strategy and implementation efforts.

He was one of the first to study the use of mobile devices, such as Palm Pilots, in actual care and has written numerous publications on the subject. Dr. Carroll has held millions of dollars in various government agency grants to explore the use of information technology in health care and is one of the leading pediatric informaticists in the US. He has also served in this capacity in committees for the American Academy of Pediatrics and is the co-founder of Medical Data Solutions, one of the first software companies to create programs for health professionals for mobile devices.

Dr. Carroll is the Web and Social Media Editor at JAMA Pediatrics, co-editor of The Incidental Economist—the popular health services research blog—and host of “Healthcare Triage,“ a YouTube channel that received the National Institute of Health Care Management Digital Media Award. He is a regular contributor to The New York Times–The Upshot, as well as other media outlets, and he has appeared on Good Morning America, the CBS Evening News, ABC News, and The Colbert Report. Dr. Carroll’s latest book: Bad Food Bible joins the three books he co-authored on medical myths, including the popular Don’t Swallow Your Gum: Myths, Half-Truths, and Outright Lies About Your Body and Health.

Dr. Carroll earned a BA in chemistry from Amherst College, an MD from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, and an MS in health services research from the University of Washington, where he was also a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar.