Lauren Hughes

Lauren S. Hughes, MD, MPH, MSc, FAAFP

Dr. Hughes is the State Policy Director of the Farley Health Policy Center at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus and Associate Professor of Family Medicine in the University of Colorado Department of Family Medicine. In these roles, she leads efforts to generate and translate evidence to inform the design and implementation of evidence-based health policy at the state, national, and federal levels and educates the next generation of primary care clinicians to be the leaders the future health care system needs. She previously served as the Deputy Secretary for Health Innovation in the Pennsylvania Department of Health, where she created and led statewide strategies to improve the health and health care delivery for all Pennsylvanians, with a special emphasis on strengthening rural health care delivery systems and combatting the opioid and heroin epidemic. In this role, she co-designed and launched the Pennsylvania Rural Health Model, a new payment and delivery model that transitions rural hospitals from fee-for-service to multi-payer global budgets and transforms how they deliver care to better meet community health needs.

Dr. Hughes is a former Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar at the University of Michigan, where she earned an MSc in health services research. She also holds degrees in zoology and Spanish from Iowa State University, an MPH in health policy from The George Washington University, and a medical degree from the University of Iowa. She is currently working toward a master's degree in health care delivery science from Dartmouth College.

Dr. Hughes served as the national president of the American Medical Student Association for one year prior to completing her residency in urban, underserved family medicine at the University of Washington in Seattle. She has volunteered through AmeriCorps in a federally qualified health center, worked for Iowa Senator Tom Harkin, and studied medicine and health systems in Brazil, Sweden, Tanzania, and Botswana. She has also been a visiting scholar at the Robert Graham Center, the ABC News Medical Unit in New York City, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation, and The Commonwealth Fund. In 2016, she received the Women Leaders in Medicine Award from the American Medical Student Association and the Early Career Achievement Award from the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine. In 2018, Dr. Hughes was selected by Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush as a Presidential Leadership Scholar. In 2021, she was appointed as a member of the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine Board on Health Care Services. She currently serves on the boards of directors of the Rural Health Redesign Center Organization and the American Medical Student Association Foundation.

Outside of medicine, Dr. Hughes enjoys traveling and photography, creative writing, camping and hiking, quilting, volunteering, and watching live theatre.

Dr. Hughes serves the ABFM on the Professionalism Committee, the Finance Committee, and the Executive Committee as its Chair.  She serves as an ex-officio member of the Certification Committee, the Engagement & Communications Committee, the Knowledge Assessment Committee, and the Research & Development Committee.