Marion Everett Couch, M.D., Ph.D., M.B.A., is currently the Senior Medical Advisor in the Office of the Administrator at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in Washington, D.C. In this cross-cutting role within the agency, she works on policy creation, quality, and promoting transformation with value–based care. Dr. Couch is also involved in developing value-based payment and service delivery models in the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation Center, with special emphasis on longitudinal care for chronic conditions that are often treated with surgery.
Prior to joining CMS, Dr. Couch held senior leadership roles at several large medical centers. She has previously served as the Chair of the Indiana University Health Physician Board and was on the medical group’s Quality Committee. She has been a physician executive (Physician Executive of Surgical Services and Vice President of Finance) in two large medical groups. She has also been the Chair of two surgical departments and was Surgeon-in-Chief at a medical center, and she has worked across a large system to increase staff engagement. Dr. Couch has also served as President of two professional medical societies.
Dr. Couch is a head and neck surgeon with microvascular training. Her residency training was at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Her M.B.A. is from Duke University Fuqua Business School with a Concentration in Healthcare Management.