Gary Ko

About: Gary Ko

Gary K. Ko, CFA, is a Health Policy Research Fellow for The Source on Healthcare Price and Competition. His current research focuses on price transparency and competition within the U.S. healthcare system, with emphasis on economic incentives of stakeholders. He also headlines the column “Wall Street Perspective” on The Source Blog. Additionally, he is President of California Medical Billing Advocates (, a non-profit organization that aims to reduce or eliminate unjust medical bills before they become crippling debt. Prior to joining The Source, Gary spent nearly 20 years at Franklin Templeton Investments as Vice President/Equity Research Analyst and managed up to $130 billion in assets. During his career, he has founded two for-profit companies and specialized in analyzing healthcare equities, including publicly traded managed care organizations, healthcare supply chain (distributors, PBMs, pharmacies), hospitals and post acute facilities, mental health facilities, staffing companies, contract research organizations, contract development and manufacturing organizations, clinical laboratories, healthcare IT, and life sciences tools. He also analyzed and valued numerous mid to late stage private healthcare companies. Gary is a CFA charter holder and holds a M.S. in Health Policy and Law from UCSF / UC Hastings, and a B.A. in Molecular Cell Biology and Economics from UC Berkeley.