Carol Simon, PhD

Carol J. Simon, PhD, is a senior vice president and director for the Optum Institute of Sustainable Health.  She has more than 20 years experience in health care consulting and economic policy research. Simon is responsible for driving the Optum Institute’s research agenda, including surveys, white papers and indices highlighting the key enablers of sustainable health care.

Prior to her role with the Optum Institute, Simon served as vice president in the Health and Human Services Policy practice of The Lewin Group, a healthcare policy and consulting firm owned by Optum.  Before joining The Lewin Group, Carol was principal associate and fellow at Abt Associates, and associate professor and director of the health economics program at Boston University.

Carol has broad-based experience directing financial and economic studies for clients in the public and private sector. She has researched and published widely on payment policy, health care organization, regulation, cost-effectiveness and the causes and consequences of disparities in health care.