John W Rowe, MD

  • Julius B. Richmond Professor of Health Policy and Aging
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Academic Appointments

  • Julius B. Richmond Professor of Health Policy and Aging


  • Male

Credentials & Experience

Education & Training

  • BS, 1966 Canisius College
  • MD, 1970 University of Rochester, School of Medicine and Dentistry

Honors & Awards

American Geriatrics Society, Milo Leavitt Award, 1985

Gerontological Society of America, Joseph Freeman Award, 1987

Business Week, Manager of the Year, 2005

Smithsonian Institution. Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Corporate Citizenship Award, 2006

American Federation for Aging Research, Honorary Leadership Award, 2008


Research Interests

  • Aging
  • Healthcare Policy

Selected Publications

Chapel J, Tysinger B, Goldman D, Rowe JW and the Research Network on an Aging Society. (2023) The Forgotten Middle: Worsening trends in health and economic well-being extend well beyond the poor for Americans nearing retirement. Health Affairs; August 23, 2023. 42; 9:1230-1240. DOI: 10.1377/hlthaff.2023.00134

Fried LP, Rowe JW. (2020) Health in Aging – Past,  Present, and Future. New England Journal of Medicine. v 383:14 pp1293-1296  doi: 10.1056/NEJMp2016814

Rehkopf DH, Furstenberg FF, Rowe JW. (2019) Trends in Mental and physical Health-Related Quality of Life in Low-Income Older Persons in the United States, 2003-2017. JAMA Open Network, 2019;2 (12):e1917868; doi:10:1001/jamanetworkopen.2019,17868

Goldman, DP, Chen, C., Zissimopoulos, J., Rowe, JW et al. Measuring the adaptation of countries to societal aging. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences ( PNAS) 2018 January, 115 (3) 435-437.

Cynthia, C., Goldman, D., Zissimopoulos, J., Rowe, J. W. & Research Network on an Aging Society (2018) Multi-dimensional comparison of countries' adaptation to society aging. PNAS, 115(37), 9169-9174. DOI:

Julie M. Zissimopoulos, Dana P. Goldman, S. Jay Olshansky, John Rother & John W. Rowe. Individual and Social Strategies to Mitigate the Risks & Expand Opportunities of an Aging America. Daedalus. Spring 2015, pp 93-102. ( doi:10.1162/DAED-a-00333)

Rowe, J.W. and the Network on an Aging Society (2019) Challenges for Middle Income Elders in an Aging Society. Health Affairs, 38(5), 865-867. doi: 10.1377/hlthaff.2019.00095

Rowe, J.W. (Study Chair), Institute of Medicine ,. 2008. Retooling for an Aging America: Building the Health Care Workforce. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press.

Rowe J.W. Successful Aging of Societies. Daedalus, Spring 2015: pp 5-12 (doi:10.1162/DAED_a_00325)

Rowe, J.W. and Kahn, R.L. (2015) Successful Aging 2.0: Conceptual Expansions for the 21st Century. Journal of Gerontology Series B Psychological and Social Sciences, 70(4), 593-596. DOI: 10.1093/geronb/gbv025

Rowe J.W., Kahn RL: Successful Aging.  New York, Pantheon Books, 1998.

Rowe J.W., Kahn RL:  Human aging:  Usual versus successful.  Science, 1987; 237:143 149.