John McKinlay, PhD

Co-Owner and Senior Vice President

Dr. McKinlay is an internationally respected health services researcher/social epidemiologist, with long-standing interests in professionalism, help-seeking behavior, primary care doctoring and clinical decision making. His interest in the help-seeking behavior of the poor spans over 30 years. He has authored, co-authored or edited over 400 professional papers and 17 books.


  • Ph.D. in Medical Sociology, Department of Sociology, King's College, Aberdeen University, Scotland
  • BA, University of Wellington, New Zealand 

Current Areas of Interest

  • Non-medical influences on clinical decision making
  • The social origins of health disparities, especially the influence of physician decision making
  • Social epidemiology and epidemiologic field methods
  • Urologic epidemiology, endocrinology and pre-diabetes/diabetes
  • Health services research and healthy public policy
  • The future of primary care

Awards, Honors, and Affiliations

  • NIH Merit Award (“for investigators whose research competence and productivity are distinctly superior”) 1987-1992, renewed 1992-1997
  • American Psychological Association (For Distinguished and Pioneering Contributions to Research on Women's Health), 1994
  • Leo G. Reeder Award (For Distinguished Contributions to Medical Sociology) American Sociological Association, 1995
  • Listed in American Men and Women of Science Citation Classics (Several papers among the most frequently referenced in the discipline)
  • Buckeye Lecturer, American Society of Andrology, Louisville Kentucky, 2000
  • NIH Matilda White Riley Lecture, 2008
  • American Sociological Association's Distinguished Career Award (For the Practice of Sociology), 2008
  • Consultant in Epidemiology, Division of Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital (Harvard Medical School), 1975-present
  • Formerly Professor of Sociology, Research Professor of Medicine and Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Boston University, 1971-1995