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Heinz College Professor Appointed as Special Advisor to U.S. Department of Justice

Martin S. Gaynor, E.J. Barone University Professor of Economics and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University’s (CMU) Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy, has been appointed to serve as Special Advisor to Jonathan Kanter, Assistant Attorney General for the Antitrust Division at the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ).

“I’m honored to accept this appointment to serve at the DOJ,” said Gaynor. “I have dedicated my career to researching healthcare costs and spending in the United States with a focus on competition and antitrust policy in healthcare markets. I look forward to sharing my knowledge and experience with DOJ as it examines economics of antitrust issues.”

In his role as Special Advisor, Gaynor will advise the Antitrust Division of the DOJ on economic issues in antitrust enforcement while also working on a whole-government approach to competition policy with a particular focus on the health sector. Gaynor will continue to be based in Pittsburgh, Pa., as he serves in this part-time role, which is scheduled to last until the end of 2024 with the conclusion of the current presidential administration.

In addition to serving as a faculty member at CMU, Gaynor is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine and of the National Academy of Social Insurance, a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, and an International Research Fellow at the University of Bristol.

“We congratulate Marty on this important recognition and well-deserved appointment,” said Ramayya Krishnan, Dean of Heinz College. “We are grateful to have him as part of the Heinz College community and are confident his contributions will continue to be invaluable and lasting to the field.”

Prior to teaching at Carnegie Mellon, Gaynor held faculty appointments at Johns Hopkins University and several other higher education institutions. He has been an invited visitor at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in Budapest, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Northwestern University, and the Toulouse School of Economics.

Gaynor’s research focuses on competition and antitrust policy, particularly in health care markets. He has written extensively on this topic, testified before Congress, and advised the governments of the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and South Africa on competition issues in health care.

Gaynor is on the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council and co-chaired the state’s workgroup on shoppable care. He has won several awards for his research, including the American Economic Journal: Economic Policy Best Paper Award, the Victor R. Fuchs Research Award, the National Institute for Health Care Management Foundation Health Care Research Award, the Kenneth J. Arrow Award, the Jerry S. Cohen Award for Antitrust Scholarship (finalist), and a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Investigator Award in Health Policy Research.

Gaynor received his B.A. from the University of California, San Diego in 1977 and his Ph.D. from Northwestern University in 1983.


About Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy

The Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy is home to two internationally recognized graduate-level institutions at Carnegie Mellon University: the School of Information Systems and Management and the School of Public Policy and Management. This unique colocation combined with its expertise in analytics set Heinz College apart in the areas of cybersecurity, health care, the future of work, smart cities, and arts & entertainment. In 2016, INFORMS named Heinz College the #1 academic program for Analytics Education. For more information, please visit