Michael Ashburn (’95-’96) continues at the University of Pennsylvania. However, for the next two weeks, he is leading a medical team from Penn to Haiti. Despite the fact that he loves his day job, he declares that he would love to return to D.C. for another round of public service.
Kira Bacal (’04-’05) , who is the proud mom of one-year-old daughter Harper, has accepted (in addition to her partnership in a private healthcare consultancy) a part-time position with the University of Auckland as their Phase 2 Director, shepherding the medical students from didactics to clinics. University of Auckland is one of only 2 medical schools in New Zealand. She will also be addressing the (only) nurse practitioner program in the country later this year.
Ken Chance (’91-’92), current RWJF Advisory Board member, announced the arrival of his first grandson, Kenneth Bernard Chance III, born on 29 December 2009. His other son Christopher was accepted to Dental School, and he will be attending the University of Kentucky, College of Dentistry in the fall.
Louis Diamond (’90-’91) continues his work as Vice President and Medical Director, Thomson Reuters healthcare, now part time — and part time as President with Performance Excellence Associates. His volunteer activities include service as Chair, Quality, Measurement, Research and Improvement Council, NQF, elected for a second 2-year term; Chair, Policy Steering Committee, eHealth Initiative—appointed second 1-year term; Chair, Patient Safety, Quality and Outcomes Steering Committee, Health Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS); Co-Chair, Strategic Direction Subcommittee, Executive Committee, Physicians Consortium for Performance Improvement; and Chair, Board of Directors, ESRD Program Network 5.
Thomas Denny (’02-’03) has been promoted to full professor of medicine at Duke University effective 1 January 2010.
Sister Rosemary Donley (’77-’78) holds the Jacques Laval Chair for Justice for Vulnerable Populations at Duquesne University. She notes that it is very interesting to come back to her home town after 30 years. The transition has been “interesting,” but she likes being at Duquesne.
William Eaglstein (’86-’87) is now Vice President, External Research and New Product Assessment at Stiefel, a GSK Company, after Glaxo Smith Kline (GSK) purchased his company, Stiefel Laboratories, Inc.
Jean Pau Gagnon (’81-’82) has been promoted to Senior Director at sanofi-aventis.
Jay Gershen (’82-’83) has been named president of the Northeastern Ohio Universities Colleges of Medicine and Pharmacy (NEOUCOM). Read the full press release and view a picture of Jay with Steven P. Schmidt, Ph.D., chair of the Northeastern Ohio Universities Colleges of Medicine and Pharmacy’s Board of Trustees.
Jeffrey Geller (’93-’94) is currently serving a two-year term as vice president of the American Psychiatric Association. He notes that his time as an RWJF Fellow taught him all manner of useful lessons he employs in functioning in the leadership of a professional organization: 1) sideways is often the closest one can come to moving forward; 2) progress is not moving backwards; 3) moving up is full of moral hazards; 4) looking down at anyone is a fool's vision every time; 5) look around before you sing or sign; and 6) look outside the box for the most propitious solutions.
Philip Goodman (’89-’90) was recently voted 2009 “Health Care Hero” by Nevada Business Magazine for his research at the University of Nevada, Reno. Earlier this year he was elected Fellow of the Society of Hospital Medicine. At UNR, he splits his time between his role as Chair of Hospital Medicine at Renown Regional Medical Center, and the campus, as Director of the Brain Computation Laboratory. Read the full Nevada Business issue here.
Marc Hahn (’98-’99) is now Senior Vice President for Health Affairs and Dean at the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Nancy Hardt (’06-’07) at the University of Florida College of Medicine, was awarded a grant to open the Intimate Partner Violence Clinic, a collaboration between the College of Medicine and the College of Law, which will be working with Peaceful Paths and the area hospitals. The clinic is due to open in late May of 2010. Also, Mobile Outreach Clinic began working in the community in January of 2010. Eventually, it will be operational daily throughout the city and small rural towns within Alachua County. Finally, in January, 2010, she initiated the School Health Interdisciplinary Program targeting six elementary schools and two middle schools. Each team assigned to a school includes pediatric residents, medical, dental, public health and undergrad students along with a faculty member. They work directly with the schools’ after school program coordinators and principals to provide the schools’ needs, as determined by a needs assessment. Initially, they will work on nutrition, oral hygiene and science projects as approved by each school.
Karen Hein (’93-’94) joined her 1993-1994 cohort for a mini-reunion before the October 13 Alumni Gathering. They celebrated many things including nomination of David Michaels (’93-’94) to head the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Department of Labor (and his birthday)! View the mini-reunion picture.
Charles Helms (’85-’86) and his wife, Lelia, were on sabbatical January-July of 2009 in Australia. He was a Fulbright Senior Scholar at the National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance in Sydney, and Lelia was a Visiting Professor at the University of Sydney. Chuck and Aussie colleagues carried out an implementation evaluation of a state-wide (New South Wales) policy for mandatory immunisation of health care workers. He has written a report for New South Wales Department of Health and is now working on papers on their observations. Thanks to his RWJF fellowship experiences and later experiences in US immunisation policy, Chuck was in a position to be useful and to learn a great deal about Australian immunisation policy and general Health Policy. Incidentally, Chuck had to sign up for Australia’s Medicare (their national health insurance) as a Fulbright Fellow to take advantage of their health insurance. It took him only 5 minutes waiting and 10 minutes filling out the paper at their local mall and he was able to shop for groceries afterward! Same process applies to all Aussies. He found the staff helpful, professional, and good humored. Happily, he reported no other experience with the system during their stay. He claims he will have an MI next time he visits to check out system quality! All in all, this sabbatical was an extraordinary experience with lots of professional benefits: papers, talks, etc. At a personal level, Chuck is currently in a phased retirement program at the UI, with hopes for continuing activity as an Emeritus Professor at the close of the phase. He and Lelia are recently grandparents for the first time. All three children are married now.
Jay Himmelstein (’91-’92) has been appointed Senior Fellow in Health Policy and Research at the University of Chicago National Opinion Research Center (NORC) to share his expertise and leadership in the areas of health information technology policy, Medicaid and SCHIP policy, and health reform and health care policy strategy. Jay continues his work as a Professor at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and is the founding Director of Work Without Limits, a Massachusetts Disability Employment initiative. Work Without Limits is funded by a four year, $21 million dollar grant through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The primary goal of the initiative is to improve employment outcomes for people with disabilities. The initiative was launched at the “Work Without Limits Disability Employment Summit” on 28 October 2009, which was highlighted with opening remarks by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick. Read the press release regarding the launch and the event.
Susan Hinck (’07-’08) notes that her fellowship experience in 2008 with Senator Max Baucus and the Committee on Finance health team shapes each day in her new position as a health care policy analyst with the Missouri Health Advocacy Alliance. The Alliance coordinates a united consumer voice for quality affordable health care choices in Missouri. Susan’s activities include communication of national legislative proposals and policy issues through presentations, briefings, and advising policy makers at the local, state, and federal levels and the constituents who influence them. In addition, as adjunct faculty at Saint Louis University School of Nursing, she has created and is teaching a course on cost and quality outcomes for the doctor of nursing practice program. The content of this course is derived from much of what she learned during the fellowship and helps prepare nurses for stronger leadership and clinical roles by introducing them to the policy world. On another note, Susan’s both daughters were married last fall, Amy in September and Beth in October.
Louis Kazal, Jr., (’01-’02) was installed as President of the New Hampshire Academy of Family Practice, which is a 2 and a half year commitment from November of 2009. Dr. Lori Heim, President of the AAFP, was part of the ceremony. He was also selected as one of the Top Docs in New Hampshire last year.
Arthur Kellermann (’06-’07) has been appointed to the RAND Corporation’s Paul O’Neill Alcoa Professorship in Policy Analysis. Art will be based in RAND’s Washington D.C. office and will spearhead the RAND Public Health Systems and Preparedness Initiative. He succeeds Dr. Nicole Lurie, who left RAND to become assistant secretary for preparedness and response in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Read the full press release.
Barbara Langner (’88-’89) is serving as Medicaid Director for Kansas, and this month her son and his wife are having a first child.
John LaRosa (’84-’85) is 1) still alive and well; 2) still the President of SUNY Downstate Medical Center in the center of Brooklyn, NY, which, with 2.5 M people, would be the 4th largest city in the country if it were a city; and 3) since coming to Downstate 10 years ago, has started a new School of Public health, built a Biotech incubator (now full) , acquired property in the Brooklyn Army terminal for 500,000 sq ft of additional biotech space (now in construction planning) and is in the process of acquiring an additional hospital (or two) to expand teaching and clinical space, recruited many new Deans and Chairs, added ~ 2000 new jobs to the Brooklyn economy, played with some of the best jazz musicians in Brooklyn, seen wonderful theater, opera and art, acquired 5 grandchildren and grown older, wiser but not fatter (-give or take a few pounds). In addition, he is saying goodbye to his research career, which climaxed with the publication in the NEJM of the "TNT" trial, a successful demonstration of the value of aggressive cholesterol lowering. His wife, Judie, is now the Vice-Dean of the School of Public Health (no nepotism there) and “is still a lot better looking” than he is.
David Michaels (’93-’94) was nominated by President Obama in August of 2009 to be the Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health, and, without a hearing, was confirmed unanimously by the Senate in December. He has taken a leave of absence from The George Washington University School of Public Health to try to implement some of the changes in OSHA policy and practice that he has been advocating from his perch in the ivory tower.
Jay Noren (’81-’82) is now the President of Wayne State University. Read the full press release.
To Greg Pawlson (’86-’87), it seems like “health care reform is the Charlie Brown of policy (with Luci holding the football). But as with other past efforts, most of their work will come around again someday since the problems have not gone anywhere.” Greg is still at National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) and the group he leads, in addition to all their work on HEDIS, has active research grants focusing on a) measurement of appropriateness and overuse, b) a new approach to child health measures, c) regional HIT extension centers, care coordination, d) cultural and linguistically appropriate health services, f) revising approaches to evaluation of the patient centered medical home, g) determining the interaction between cost and quality in health care using the HEDIS quality and resource use measures.
Rita Redberg (’03-’04) became Editor of the Archives of Internal Medicine in January of 2009. Otherwise, she is still at UCSF doing cardiology and research in technology assessment, and most recently published an article looking at cardiovascular device approval in JAMA. She went to New Zealand over winter holidays, which, she happily reports, was great fun.
Now that Richard Rieselbach (’85-’86) is "retired", this has given him the opportunity to pursue major areas of health policy interest. In addition to being a career development mentor for medical students and teaching Renal Physiology, he is a health policy consultant for the Wisconsin Medical Society. Dick is currently developing a major policy initiative relating to the role of Academic Medical Centers (AMCs) in health care reform. They have proposed the development of Innovative Healthcare Efficiency Consortia (IHECs), which involve AMCs partnering with community physicians and organizations to develop efficiencies which will facilitate healthcare reform. Areas of IHEC emphasis will include primary care resident, student and continuing medical education, cost containment, prevention, community health services research and quality improvement. They will be pursuing support for pilot IHECs from HRSA Title VII funds. Dick has found that his RWJF/IOM experience has been invaluable in providing the perspective and expertise to pursue the aforementioned health policy initiatives, which have resulted in a very gratifying phase of his career. See a list of Dick’s recent publications.
Eugene Rich (’06-’07) concluded his full-time position as a professor at Creighton University School of Medicine at the end of 2009 after nearly 14 highly rewarding years. Focusing the next phase of his career on DC-based health policy work, in January of 2010 he became a Senior Fellow at Mathematica Policy Research where he will also be Director of a new center (name TBD) related to the policy and practical implementation of “Comparative Effectiveness Research.”
Kenneth Roozen (’83-‘84) , though supposedly retired, is consulting and doing volunteer work for health-related groups.”
The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, for which Carl Schramm (’76-’77) is president and CEO, has emerged as likely the largest private funder of academic economic research in the nation. This work is aimed at increasing the level of social welfare through increasing new business starts and promoting entrepreneurial activity in all sectors. Personally, Carl’s research focuses on economic theory relating to new firms. His most recent book, coauthored with William Baumol and Robert Litan, Good Capitalism/Bad Capitalism, is now available in nine languages. The foundation has a policy proposal related to health reform that is rooted in how policy might be shaped to increase the number of new firms. Carl reports that nearly all the net new jobs creation in the U.S. economy is in firms less than five years old, pointing out that entrepreneurs hold the welfare of the general economy in their hands. One of the most productive areas of entrepreneurial activity is in the health sector. It is particularly important because it is responsible for a very large portion of new therapeutic approaches as well as innovations in care. For Carl, the last year saw two honorary degrees, the publication of several articles, and one monograph. He is currently working on two books. This fall he will deliver the Thomas Fogarty, M.D. Lecture on Innovation in Medicine at Stanford.
Nancy Short (’04-’05) was selected as a Arnold D. Kaluzny, PhD, Distinguished Alumni Award of the Public Health Leadership Program at the University of North Carolina School of Public Health and received the award last spring. She was also honored to be selected to speak about her experiences as a RWJF Health Policy Fellow to the RWJF Board of Trustees at their site visit in Chapel Hill, NC last fall. Finally, Nancy provided consultation to the GWU Department of Nursing Education for the development and implementation of a national Nursing Quality and Safety Alliance(NQSA). The eight major nursing organizations in the U.S. joined in a consensus agreement to implement the NQSA with the goal to gain a greater presence in policy affecting health care quality and safety. RWJF is funding the start-up of the NQSA.
Deborah Trautman (’07-’08) concluded her time as the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellow in the Speaker’s Office on 30 November 2009. Deb returned to Hopkins to assume new responsibilities as the Executive Director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Policy. In this new role, she leads the Center toward fulfilling the Johns Hopkins Medical Institution’s mission and long standing commitment to developing solutions that improve health and health care in the city, region and the world.
Justina Trott (’08-’09) is Director of Policy, Research and Education at Women’s Health Services. She has been invited to do a presentation to the NM chapter of the American Academy of Family Practice on February 6 on health care reform. Justina has also been invited to do a presentation before the Health and Human Services committee of the NM legislature on health care reform –medical homes and ACO’s in October and to do another presentation on health care reform for the NM Health Law Symposium in October in Albuquerque.
Peter Tuteur (’81-’82) continues to enjoy the life of an academic pulmonologist. His major administrative responsibility is directing the Pulmonary Function Laboratory where they now have over 10,000 visits per year. For the last several years, he has led an Art and Medicine selective for first year medical student. They visit several different art venues with a primary goal of improving powers of observation and translating that skill to the bedside. Peter has followed the renewed health policy (care, financing, political) debates; he says, “it is amazing how the Mass senatorial election has been the single most important force of the year. So much for substance.” Peter has also been quite active photographically with exhibitions in both group and solo shows. Some of the images can be found at http://www.petertuteur.com/.
Danny Wedding (’89-’90) recently completed a year as a Fulbright Distinguished Scholar at Yonsei University in Seoul, Korea, and his most recent book, POSITIVE PSYCHOLOGY AT THE MOVIES, is being translated into Korean. During his Fulbright year, Danny lectured at almost all the major universities and medical schools in Korea, and he was able to give a series of lectures on suicide prevention for the U. S. State Department in Hong Kong, Tokyo, Osaka and Okinawa. He also made side trips to visit Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia with his two sons.
Patience White (’00-’01) has been the lead on two major Arthritis Foundation projects coming to fruition on 4 February 2010 for a Capitol briefing where the Arthritis Foundation with the CDC and 75 partners will launch the National Public Health Agenda for Osteoarthritis and the AF/AD Council/American College of Rheumatology will announce a nationwide fight arthritis pain awareness campaign. Read the press release and see an invitation.
Edward T. “Terry” Wimberley (’89-’90) is a Professor of Ecological Studies at Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers, FL, and have just published a new book on ecological philosophy and ethics with Johns Hopkins University Press entitled Nested Ecology: The Place of Humans in the Ecological Hierarchy (2010).
Steffie Woolhandler (’90-’91) has recently been promoted to full Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School Cambridge Hospital. She is also a recipient of the 2008-2009 A. Clifford Barger Excellence in Mentoring Award. Read the full article in the HarvardScience.
Leonard Zwelling (’08-’09) has been the Faculty Administrator at M. D. Anderson’s Science Park Research Division since returning from Washington. He has been overseeing the operations of the Department of Carcinogenesis, which consists of a free-standing campus 120 miles from Houston and about 260 employees including 27 faculty members. Len has also been working for the Executive Vice Chancellor of Health Affairs for the University of Texas, former IOM President Dr. Kenneth Shine assisting Dr. Shine with developing initiatives in comparative effectiveness research. Len will begin hosting a series of presentations at M. D. Anderson’s Cancer Prevention Grand Rounds featuring prominent members of the Washington community who are influential in health policy, including: current IOM President Dr. Harvey Fineberg, former RWJF Fellow Dr. Guy Clifton, former RWJF Fellow Dr. Robert Ratner, NPR’s Joanne Silberner and the CEO of Safeway, Steve Burd. Len is completing his stay in Smithville at the end of February and becoming the Executive Director of M. D. Anderson’s Pharmaceutical Development Center where new anticancer drugs are being tested and will also be the liaison to M. D. Anderson’s new affiliate in Phoenix, the Banner Health Care System, where he will assist their development of a cancer clinical trials infrastructure. He published an op-ed piece in the Houston Chronicle on 4 October 2009 about his experiences in Washington.