William Crown, PhD

Chief Scientific Officer


William Crown, PhD, is chief scientific officer of OptumLabs.

Prior to his current role, Crown held a number of leadership roles at Optum®. Most recently, he served as president of the Health Economics, Late Phase Research Business Unit at Optum Life Sciences.

From 1994 to 2004, Crown was vice president of Outcomes Research and Econometrics at Thomson Reuters Medstat. He has also taught graduate courses in statistics and conducted research on the economics of aging and long-term care policy at Brandeis University.

Crown received his doctorate degree in urban and regional studies from MIT, and an MA in economics from Boston University. The author of two books, and co-author of two others, he has published over 165 journal articles, book chapters and other scholarly papers. 

Crown is currently affiliate faculty, Mongon Institute for Health Policy, at Harvard University.