Martha “Meg” Gaines, JD, LLM
Meg Gaines founded the interdisciplinary Center for Patient Partnerships at the University of Wisconsin and served as director for 20 years. The Center’s mission is to disrupt dysfunctional health care by restoring people to the core of care. Professor Gaines’ work focuses on consumer engagement and empowerment in healthcare reform, health professionals’ education, and access to high-quality, effective health care.
She has collaborated with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Kaiser Family Foundation, the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation, the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation, and the National Cancer Institute, among others. She currently serves on the Board of the National Quality Forum and previously served on the National Cancer Research Advocates of the NCI and the Board of the Academy on Communication in Healthcare. She co-chaired the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation annual conference, “Partnering with Patients, Families, and Communities to Link Interprofessional Practice and Education.” Recent publications include the NASEM’s Vital Directions for Health and Healthcare and the Making Medicines Affordable: A National Imperative Committee reports, the Charter on Organizational Professionalism for Healthcare Organizations as a companion to the Charter on Medical Professionalism of the Choosing Wisely Campaign, and JAMA Viewpoints: How HIPAA Harms Care, and How to Stop It, and Changing the Game of Prior Authorization: The Patient Perspective with Dr. Don Berwick, MD.
She is a graduate of Vassar College (A.B.) and the University of Wisconsin Law School (JD, LLM) and a “durable survivor” of metastatic ovarian cancer.