Alabama Policy Institute President and CEO Caleb Crosby has announced the addition of Dr. Chad Mathis, a board-certified orthopedic surgeon and former senior advisor in the Trump Administration at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, to the API Team as distinguished fellow.
“As a practicing surgeon, Dr. Mathis saw first-hand many of the obstacles in our healthcare system to efficient and effective care,” Crosby said. “In his role at API, Dr. Mathis will advocate for common-sense policy solutions to these obstacles and ways Alabama can promote high-quality health care well into the future.”
During the COVID-19 global pandemic, Mathis joined the Trump Administration and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as a senior advisor to aid in the prevention of COVID-19 spread in nursing homes and to ensure high-quality care through regulatory reform.
“Though the worst of the pandemic is behind us, Alabama’s healthcare system continues to face challenges,” Mathis said. “I am convinced that conservative policy solutions give us the best chance at overcoming these challenges and enabling our healthcare system to meet our state’s ever-changing needs. I am excited to join API as we work to make Alabama the best state for healthcare in the nation.”
In recent years, Mathis served in leadership roles for multiple organizations fighting for conservative healthcare policies. Mathis ran for Congress in 2014 for the Republican nomination in the then open 6th Congressional District. API co-founder Gary Palmer ultimately won that race.
Mathis joins API’s growing list of distinguished fellows including political cartoonist Scott Stantis, former state Sen. Bill Hightower, professor John Hill, Bishop Jim Lowe, professor Adam Macleod, former Chief Justice Drayton Nabers, and former State Sen. Bryan Taylor. Former state Sen. Phil Williams is API’s chief policy officer and legal counsel.
The Alabama Policy Institute was founded in 1989 by Palmer and Tom Parker, who is today the chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court. API is an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit research and educational organization dedicated to strengthening free enterprise, defending limited government and championing strong families.