Josh Rising, M.D., is Pew’s director of health care programs, overseeing the health information technology project and the substance use prevention and treatment initiative. For the health information technology project, Rising and his team conduct research on problems such as the inability of electronic health care record systems to easily share information with each other. In managing the substance use prevention and treatment initiative, he focuses on reducing inappropriate use of prescription drugs and expanding access to effective treatments for substance use disorders.
Before joining Pew, Rising helped establish the Office of Policy in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Tobacco Products. He also served as health policy analyst for the Connecticut legislature, focusing on health care access and quality, Medicaid policy, and health information technology.
Rising received his bachelor’s degree in history from Carleton College, and both his master’s in public health and medical degree from Boston University. He completed his pediatric residency at the University of California, San Francisco.