Dr. Joseph West


Dr. Joseph West is an epidemiologist, population health and data analytics leader with over 15 years of experience in healthcare, research, and enterprise consulting. He’s received approximately $7 million as a Principal Investigator from NIH, CDC, WKKF, Blue Cross and Blue Shield and others. Dr. West is published in dozens of academic and industry journals and received several public health awards and is a recognized leader in the development of outcomes-based healthcare, value-based models and LEAN processes.

Dr. West is a co-founder and former Chief Population Health Officer for NextLevel Health Illinois, a full-risk Medicaid HMO. Prior to launching the HMO, he served as the lead-population health consultant to Altus Accountable Care Entity (ACE). He began his career as the lead epidemiologist and Co-Director for Mount Sinai Hospital -Sinai Urban Health Institute in Chicago. Dr. West has defined population health metrics for value-based contracts and HMO-contracting with the State of Illinois and has Co-Chaired Governor’s Office of Health Innovation and Transformation (GoHIT) and Population Health Subject Matter expert for 1115 Waiver.

He currently lectures on Epidemiology, Public Health, and Research Methodology. His research focus is Research Initiative on Community Trauma and Responsive Care.

Dr. West received his epidemiology training at the Harvard School of Public Health (Masters of Science and Doctorate of Science). He earned his undergraduate degree in Sociology (Medical Sociology; Methods) from University of Illinois – Urbana. He has received several awards and media recognition for his work.
Dr. Joseph West Curriculum Vitae