PwC US names former Washington Post Journalist Ceci Connolly as Managing Director of PwC’s Health Research Institute

NEW YORK, February 10, 2012 – PwC US announced today that it has named Ceci Connolly, a veteran journalist, author and speaker on healthcare and policy, as managing director of the PwC Health Research Institute, the in-house organization within PwC Health Industries that provides original research, insight and analysis on the issues, policies and trends important to health organizations and policymakers.

Connolly spent 25 years as a journalist, most recently with the Washington Post, where she had been chief national health policy correspondent since 2001. She left the Washington Post in 2010 to become a senior advisor to health organizations.

 “The health industries are in a period of transformation driven by such factors as demographics, economics, technology and regulatory reform, and the PwC Health Research Institute has been at the forefront of helping the industry navigate this change,” said Kelly Barnes, U.S. health industries practice leader, PwC. “Few people have had as good a vantage point on the change roiling the health industries as Ceci Connolly, first as a journalist and then as an advisor to the industry. She brings unparalleled experience, expertise and insight to her new role as managing director of the PwC Health Research Institute, and she will apply these qualities to translating complex subjects into compelling thought leadership.”

A nationally known advisor, author, speaker and television commentator on the health industries, Connolly worked for the Washington Post for 13 years, and led the paper’s healthcare policy reporting for a decade including the debate over passage of the Affordable Care Act.   She assumed this position after covering five presidential campaigns and subjects including national politics, healthcare, Latin America and natural disasters, such as Hurricane Katrina.

The co-author of “LANDMARK: The Inside Story of America's New Health Care Law and What It Means for Us All,” Connolly also is a contributing author to the forthcoming book, "Antidote: Strategies for Containing America's Runaway Health Care Costs." She also was a major contributor to the book "Deadlock: The Inside Story of America's Closest Election."

Connolly is a board member for the non-profit Whitman Walker Health, and is the first non-physician to receive the Mayo Clinic's prestigious Plummer Society Award for promoting deeper understanding of science and medicine. She also serves on the National Advisory Board of the Center for Sustainable Health Spending and was the recipient of a fellowship at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.

A graduate of Boston College, Connolly resides in Washington, D.C., where she will be based.

In her new role, Connolly succeeds Sandy Lutz, the founding managing director of the PwC Health Research Institute. Lutz moves to the role of managing editor of the PwC Health Research Institute.

About PwC’s Health Research Institute (HRI)

PwC's Health Research Institute ( provides new intelligence, perspectives, and analysis on trends affecting all health-related industries. The Health Research Institute helps executive decision makers navigate change through primary research and collaborative exchange. Our views are shaped by a network of professionals with executive and day-to-day experience in the health industry. HRI research is not sponsored by businesses, government, or other institutions.

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