Guy Clifton, MD

Senior Advisor

Guy Clifton, M.D. is Professor of Surgery at Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Maryland and Clinical Professor of Neurosurgery at The University of Texas Medical School at Houston, where he was founding chairman.

Dr. Clifton serves on the Defense Health Board, the committee providing independent authoritative advice to the Secretary of Defense to maximize the health, safety and effectiveness of the US Armed Forces.  He also serves on the Board of Trustees of the Vivian L. Smith Foundation for Neurologic Research.

Dr. Clifton was a 2006-2007 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellow where he completed a one-year stint in the office of Senator Orrin Hatch (Republican, Utah). During the years of his practice in Houston, Dr. Clifton was frequently listed among America's top doctors. He is internationally recognized for clinical research in the treatment of severe brain injury and has authored or coauthored of over 100 scientific publications.

Dr. Clifton authored Flatlined: Resuscitating American Medicine in 2009, which elevated him in the national and state debate on healthcare reform in Washington, DC and Austin. Dr. Clifton’s book proposes a path for healthcare reform that reduces cost and increases quality of care by shifting financial incentives of providers from volume-based fee-for-service models to outcomes-based models tied to quality, and the establishment of clear quality benchmarks to index payments.

Dr. Clifton earned degrees from Texas A&M University and The University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) in Galveston with internship at the University of Minnesota and neurosurgery residency at UTMB. He has held faculty positions at Baylor College of Medicine and the Medical College of Virginia and is a member of the Academy of Distinguished Former Students of the Texas A&M University College of Science.