Paul D. Cleary

Dean, Yale School of Public Health and the Anna M.R. Lauder Professor of Public Health, Yale University School of Medicine


Paul D. Cleary, Ph.D., is the Dean of the Yale School of Public Health and the Anna M.R. Lauder Professor of Public Health at the Yale University School of Medicine.

Dr. Cleary received his Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Wisconsin. He is a health services researcher who has focused on assessing the quality of health care and physician and organizational characteristics that affect care quality. He has studied the quality of care for many diseases and conditions and the relationships between clinician and organizational characteristics and the quality of medical care, and factors related to organizational change. Dr. Cleary has been a member of the U.S. Institute of Medicine (IOM) since 1994 and a member of the Connecticut Academy for Science and Engineering since 2007. In 1996, he was selected as a distinguished fellow of the Association for Health Services Research, and in 2002, received the Distinguished Investigator Award from the Academy for Health Services Research and Health Policy. In 2010, he was awarded the Picker Award for Excellence in the Advancement of Patient-Centered Care by the Picker Institute.

Dr. Cleary is Principal Investigator of one of the Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS) projects funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to develop information gathering surveys for consumers regarding their health plans and services. He also is Principal Investigator and Director of the Yale Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS (CIRA). He has published more than 300 journal articles and book chapters describing his research.