Winter 2010
From the Director | Updates All Around
What's New | Fellowship Assignments of the Class of 2009, Recapping the 2009 Alumni Gathering, Lifetime Achievement Award
Job Notice | Current Opportunities
Where are they now? | Find out what your colleagues have been doing!

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James J. Mongan, MD

Dr. James Mongan is Board Co-Chair starting Jan. 2010.

 

 

 


 

Updates All Around
Health Reform has had more ups and downs, twists and turns, stops and starts than one of those high tech roller coasters where you are strapped in but your feet are hanging in mid air. But the really scary part has been the inability to figure out who’s in charge and where or when this ride ends. The situation seems even more complex than usual because of unprecedented dynamics in the White House and the Administration, the highly partisan and volatile Congress, and a strident but deeply divided populace. The policy making environment is unlike anything I’ve seen in two and a half decades in DC. On the positive side, it has been a spectacular time to be a part of the fellowship. During the orientation, virtually all the key players have been eager to talk to the fellows, and exceptionally engaged and well informed. However, in several ways, the placement process was more challenging this year. We found ourselves trying hard to be heard above the din of health reform lobbying and seeking interviews at a time when Hill offices and committees were under incredible pressure.

I couldn't help but feel the acute loss of Senator Edward M. Kennedy. His absence is palpable, and certainly a challenge, not only to the Senate but also the entire Congress. His strength and experience always provided a guiding source of structure and direction.  Without him, the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee shared leadership among its key members resulting in a transition that made it difficult to identify and secure traditional fellowship work assignments. And the minority in both houses declared that they would not/could not meet with us to discuss placements until after health reform was over! Nonetheless, our record size class of 10 fellows found 10 incredible placements.

As February 2010 opens, the Class of 2009 is eagerly putting their orientation learning and networking into practice. Since they hit town, the fellows have sat down with just about every key health and health care reform leader, often meeting with them just before they made headlines in the Washington Post or appeared on the Jim Lehrer (now the PBS) News Hour. Our access to all the big players was, once again, astounding and their willingness to be candid made the sessions truly exciting. From the Unions to the Association of Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) to AARP to the White House Office of Health Reform, and everyone in between, we were privileged to explore the inner workings of health policy making at the federal level. It has been quite a journey and an eye opener even for those of us who thought we knew a thing or two. Wherever this reform effort ends up, our fellows are intimately involved in the policy, politics, process and people that are shaping health reform. Interestingly, half of this year’s class of ten fellows elected to take assignments in the Administration, with four in the Department of Health and Human Services and one in the Office of the First Lady. Three took placements in the House and two in the Senate.

It has also been a very important and transitional year for the program’s Advisory Board. I am very pleased to report that Dr. James Mongan, Immediate Past President and Chief Executive Officer for Partners HealthCare System, Inc., began service as Board Co-Chair starting January 2010. Dr. Mongan will become our Chair in June 2010. It has also been a pleasure to welcome new Advisory Board members, Susan Dentzer and James Gavin. Ms. Dentzer is the Editor-in-Chief for Health Affairs and Dr. Gavin is Clinical Professor of Medicine at Emory University and CEO of Healing Our Village. However, amid this good news is the loss of our outgoing Chair, Dr. Robert Graham, who has done a remarkable job in leading the fellowship board these last seven years. Under his leadership, the program has flourished. He had personally led the process to rebrand the fellowship, including the brochure and award-winning website, spearheaded the development of a model applicant scoring and selection process, guided the program’s adoption of electronic applications and reviews, and also expanded and revised several components of the orientation, including the leadership training content.

Speaking of the new online application process, launched for the 2010-2011 Class, the large applicant pool suggests yet another outstanding and promising group. Please remember that those of you who recommended successful applicants are eligible to have your expenses paid to this year’s Alumni Retreat on Saturday-Sunday, October 9-10, 2010! And it is never too early to remind you that it is time to start recruiting for the 2011-2012 Class. Your efforts make a difference. Contact me if you would like assistance with brochures and/or presentation aides.

Our website has recently undergone a small makeover and the newly enhanced site is available for your use to network with others and take advantage of some helpful resources. We hope you enjoy the new features and layout. Your access to the website should not be affected at all, but if you experience any difficulties, please contact us at (202) 334-1506. We have made it even easier to update your profile. By the way, according to our website statistics, many people look up alumni profiles on the site so I urge you take this opportunity to update your contact information and biography. This fall I plan to consider updating my photo, although I would prefer using the one from 7 years ago. Oh well.

And keep sending us your updates! I know you will enjoy scrolling through all the news from the alums we have gathered for this edition. It is always wonderful to hear from you and to learn about all you do to make a difference. And, once again, don’t forget to update your profile by logging in at http://healthpolicyfellows.org/secure/account-login.php.

Finally, in recognition of Senator Kennedy’s significant and central role to the fellows of this program, eight alumni have compiled and shared their most memorable experiences while working for the late Senator during their fellowship years, which spans 30 years of his distinguished career from 1976 to 2005. I invite you to share in their wonderful recollections and maybe even add a few of your own, if you feel so inclined. Read the Kennedy reflections by eight alumni.

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2010 Alumni Retreat is on Sat.-Sun., October 9-10, 2010!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kathleen Klink, MD

Kathleen Klink ('07-'08) will chair this year's Lifetime Achievement Award process.


Assignments of the 2009 - 2010 RWJF Health Policy Fellows
The Class of 2009-2010 RWJF Health Policy Fellows is now in their fellowship assignments. Find out where the ten fellows are placed.

 

2009 Alumni Gathering
We had yet another successful Alumni Gathering on Tuesday, October 13, 2009. Hosted by the Class of 2007, the alumni and the fellows had the privilege of having Wendell Primus, Senior Policy Advisor to the Speaker of the House, and Dan Hawkins, Senior Vice President of Policy and Research at the National Association of Community Health Centers. Updates on health care reform and the role of community health centers sparked stimulating discussions during this half-day meeting. Although the Class of 2008 fellows’ report of their fellowship experiences was intriguing, the highlight of the Alumni Gathering must have been the skit from the new fellows, Class of 2009. With a “Fiddler on the Roof” theme, the new fellows showed off their vocal talents and made the crowd laugh with a plentiful array of one-liners. A copy of the script for the skit is available upon request.

Don’t forget to mark your calendar for the 2010 Alumni Retreat on Saturday-Sunday, October 9-10, 2010 in Washington, DC. The Retreat will be in conjunction with the IOM Annual Meeting on Monday, October 11, 2010. You are welcome to all events.

 

RWJF Health Policy Fellows Lifetime Achievement Award
Call for Volunteers to Select the 2010 Awardee

Established in 2008, the RWJF Health Policy Fellows Lifetime Achievement Award honors and recognizes outstanding alumni for notable and sustained accomplishments in health policy as well as demonstrable commitment to service to others in their public and personal lives. The award will be conferred this year at the 2010 Alumni Retreat, to be held October 9-10, 2010. Alumni of the fellowship are being asked to nominate those who best demonstrate excellence in their dedication to advancing and promoting health and health policy while enhancing the careers of other RWJF Health Policy Fellows and Alumni. For a complete description of the Award and Selection process, visit the program website at http://healthpolicyfellows.org/profiles_lifetimeachievement.php. The call for nominees will go out to all alumni in an email this March.

This year, the award process will be organized and chaired by Kathleen Klink (‘07-‘08) and four additional alumni volunteers who are representative of the long history of the program. Hurdis Griffith (’86-87) and Andrew Balas (‘97-’98) have agreed to represent their decades. We now need two additional volunteers, one from the 1970’s and another from the 2000-2005 classes. Please contact Kathleen Klink if you wish to serve on this committee. Note that if you serve on the committee, you may not also sponsor a nominee.

Job Notice

Volunteer for the AARP National Policy Council
The AARP National Policy Council (NPC) Nominating Committee is accepting applications for the volunteer NPC. The NPC, composed of a diverse cross-section of AARP members with a proven record of public policy experience and accomplishments, serves as an advisory body to the AARP Board of Directors. This year, the Nominating Committee is recruiting to replace nine members whose terms are concluding. You must be a member of AARP. Get more information.

 

Michael Ashburn, MD, MBA, MPH

 

 

 

 

 

Kenneth Chance, DDS

 

Louis Diamond, MBChB

 

 

  

 

 

Sister Rosemary Donley, PhD

 

 

 

 

  

Jay Gershen, DDS, PhD

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nancy Hardt, MD

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

Jay Himmelstein, MD, MPH

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Arthur Kellermann, MD, MPH

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

David Michaels, PhD, MPH

 

Jay Noren, MD, MPH

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Eugene Rich, MD

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Deborah Trautman, PhD, RN

Justina Trott, MD

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Steffie Woolhandler, MD, MPH

 

 

 

Leonard Zwelling, MD

 

 

 

Michael Ashburn
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
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
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
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
Thomas Denny (’02-’03) has been promoted to full professor of medicine at Duke University effective 1 January 2010.

 

Sister Rosemary Donley
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
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 Paul Gagnon
Jean Pau Gagnon (’81-’82) has been promoted to Senior Director at sanofi-aventis.

 

Jay Gershen
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
Jay Noren (’81-’82) is now the President of Wayne State University. Read the full press release.

 

 

Greg Pawlson
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
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.

 

Richard Rieselbach
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
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
Kenneth Roozen (’83-‘84) , though supposedly retired, is consulting and doing volunteer work for health-related groups.”

 

Carl Schramm
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.

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