An internist, health services researcher, and ethicist, Dr. Pearson has served in many advisory and leadership roles in academia and government. In 2004 he was awarded an Atlantic Fellowship from the British Government and chose to serve as Senior Fellow at the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE). Returning to the United States in 2005 he was asked to serve during the George W. Bush Administration as Special Advisor, Technology and Coverage Policy, at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and also accepted an appointment as Visiting Scientist in the Department of Bioethics at the National Institutes of Health, a position he maintained from 2005-2019. In other roles, Dr. Pearson has also served as the Vice Chair of the Medicare Evidence Development and Coverage Advisory Committee (MedCAC).
Dr. Pearson’s publications include over 150 peer-reviewed articles and commentaries on the role of evidence in the health care system, and the book No Margin, No Mission: Health Care Organizations and the Quest for Ethical Excellence, published by Oxford University Press.