Commission on U.S. Federal Leadership in Health and Medicine: Charting Future Directions

Susan Blumenthal MD, MPA, Director and Co-Chair

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The Commission is a forum for identifying opportunities and framing strategic recommendations to help guide future directions for U.S. health and medicine. It focuses on the delivery system, public health, global health, and advancing research. The Commission’s membership is composed of leading experts from the health policy community, academia, research, and the private sector.

PUBLICATIONS:



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A 21st Century Roadmap for Advancing America’s Health: The Path from Peril to Progress
May 2010


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New Horizons for a Healthy America: Recommendations to the New Administration
April 2009

CO-CHAIRS:

Susan J. Blumenthal MD, MPA
Director, Health and Medicine Program, Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress;
Former U.S. Assistant Surgeon General and Rear Admiral, USPHS (ret.)
Former Deputy Assistant Secretary for Women’s Health
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Denis A. Cortese MD
Emeritus President and CEO, Mayo Clinic
Foundation Professor and Director, Healthcare Delivery and Policy Program
Arizona State University

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Commission Members:
Tenley E. Albright, MDDirector, Collaborative Initiatives, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Visiting Scientist, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Nancy Andrews, MD, PhDDean, Duke University School of Medicine; Professor of Pediatrics and of Pharmacology and Cancer Biology, Duke University School of Medicine; Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Duke University; President, American Society of Clinical Investigation; Former Dean for Basic Sciences and Graduate Studies, Harvard Medical School
Georges C. Benjamin, MD, FACP,
FACEP (Emeritus)
Executive Director, American Public Health Association
Jo Ivey Boufford, MDPresident, The New York Academy of Medicine; Foreign Secretary, Institute of Medicine; Professor of Public Service, Health Policy and Management, Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service; Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, New York University School of Medicine; Former Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health, U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services
David J. Brailer, MD, PhDChairman, Health Evolution Partners; First and Former National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, U.S Department of Health and Human Services; Founder and former Chairman and CEO, CareScience Inc.
Lawrence Brilliant, MD, MPHPresident, Skoll Urgent Threats Fund; Former Chief Philanthropy Evangelist, Google.org
William R. Brody, MDPresident, Salk Institute for Biological Studies; Former President, Johns Hopkins University; Former Provost, Academic Health Center at the University of Minnesota
Delos M. Cosgrove, MDPresident and CEO, Cleveland Clinic
Susan DentzerEditor-in-Chief, Health Affairs;  Health Correspondent, The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, Public Broadcasting Service
Nancy W. Dickey, MDPresident, Texas A&M Health Science Center; Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs, Texas A&M System; Former President, American Medical Association
Michael P. Dinneen, MD, PhDDirector, Office of Strategy Management, Military Health System, U.S. Department of Defense
Sir Richard Feachem, KBE, CBE, BSc, PhD, DSc(Med), FREngProfessor of Global Health, University of California, San Francisco, and University of California, Berkeley; Director of the Global Health Group, UCSF Global Health Sciences;  Former Founding Executive Director, Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria; Former Under Secretary General of the United Nations
Andrew Z. Fire, PhDProfessor of Pathology and Genetics, Stanford University School of Medicine; Nobel Laureate, Physiology or Medicine 2006
Lawrence O. Gostin, JDLinda D. and Timothy J. O’Neill Professor of Global Health Law; Faculty Director, O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law, The Georgetown University Law Center; Professor, The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health; Director, Center for Law and the Public’s Health (the WHO/CDC Collaborating Center)
Malik M. Hasan, MDChairman of the Board, President and CEO, HealthTrio; Founder and Former Chairman and CEO, Foundation Health Systems, Inc.
David Kessler, MD, JDProfessor, Department of Pediatrics; Professor, Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics; Former Dean; Former Vice-Chancellor; University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine; Former Commissioner, Food and Drug Administration
Darrell G. Kirch, MDPresident and CEO, Association of American Medical Colleges
Jim Yong Kim, MD, PhDPresident, Dartmouth College; Co-Founder, Partners in Health; Former Professor of Medicine and Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Former Chief, Division of Global Health Equity, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Philip R. Lee, MD, PhDFormer U.S. Assistant Secretary for Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; Professor of Human Biology, Stanford University (Emeritus)
Thomas H. Lee, MD, MScNetwork President, Partners HealthCare System; CEO, Partners Community HealthCare, Inc.; Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Len M. Nichols, PhDDirector, Center for Health Policy Research and Ethics, George Mason University; Former Director, Health Policy Program, New America Foundation
Michael P. O’Donnell, PhD, MBA, MPHFounder and Editor-in-Chief, American Journal of Health Promotion
The Honorable James B. Peake, MDFormer Secretary of U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs; Lieutenant General, U.S. Army (ret.)
Peter J. Pronovost, MD, PhDDirector, Division of Adult Critical Care Medicine; Director, Quality and Safety Research Group; Medical Director, Center for Innovations in Quality Patient Care; Professor, Departments of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine and Surgery, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine; Professor, Department of Health Policy and Management, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health; Professor, Johns Hopkins School of Nursing
Harrison C. Spencer, MD, MPH, DTM&HPresident and CEO, Association of Schools of Public Health; Former Dean, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine; Former Dean, Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
Elizabeth O. Teisberg, PhD, MS, MEAssociate Professor, Darden School of Business, University of Virginia
Kenneth E. Thorpe, PhDExecutive Director, Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease; Robert W. Woodruff Professor and Chair, Department of Health Policy and Management, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University; Former Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health Policy, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
Robert Tjian, PhDPresident, Howard Hughes Medical Institute; Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of California, Berkeley; Co-Founder, Tularik, Inc.
Walter C. Willett, MD, DrPHChair, Department of Nutrition, Fredrick John Stare Professor of Epidemiology and Nutrition, Harvard School of Public Health; Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Steven Woolf, MD, MPHDirector, Virginia Commonwealth University Center on Human Needs; Professor of Family Medicine, Virginia Commonwealth University; Associate Editor for Science, American Journal of Preventive Medicine
Working Group on Re-engineering America’s Health Care System

Working Group Co-Chairs:

Denis A. Cortese, MDEmeritus President and CEO, Mayo Clinic; Foundation Professor and Director, Healthcare Delivery and Policy Program, Arizona State University
Thomas H. Lee, MD, MScNetwork President, Partners HealthCare System; CEO, Partners Community HealthCare, Inc.; Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Working Group Members:
Tenley E. Albright, MDDirector, Collaborative Initiatives, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Visiting Scientist, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Katherine Baicker, PhDProfessor of Health Economics, Department of Health Policy and Management, Harvard School of Public Health
Joanne M. Conroy, MDChief Health Care Officer, Association of American Medical Colleges
Delos M. Cosgrove, MDPresident and CEO, Cleveland Clinic
David Cutler, PhDOtto Eckstein Professor of Applied Economics, Harvard University
Nancy W. Dickey, MDPresident, Texas A&M Health Science Center; Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs, Texas A&M System; Former President, American Medical Association
Malik M. Hasan, MDChairman of the Board, President and CEO, HealthTrio; Founder and Former Chairman and CEO, Foundation Health Systems, Inc.
Darrell G. Kirch, MDPresident and CEO, Association of American Medical Colleges
Len M. Nichols, PhDDirector, Center for Health Policy Research and Ethics, George Mason University; Former Director, Health Policy Program, New America Foundation
The Honorable James B. Peake, MDFormer Secretary of U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs; Lieutenant General, U.S. Army (ret.)
Elizabeth O. Teisberg, PhD, MS, MEAssociate Professor, Darden School of Business, University of Virginia
Gail Wilensky, PhDSenior Fellow, Project HOPE; President, Defense Health Board
Working Group on Advancing Public Health in the United States

Working Group Co-Chairs:

Susan Blumenthal MD, MPADirector, Health and Medicine Program, Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress; Former U.S. Assistant Surgeon General and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Women’s Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Walter C. Willett, MD, DrPH Chair, Department of Nutrition, Fredrick John Stare Professor of Epidemiology and Nutrition, Harvard School of Public Health; Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Working Group Members:

Georges Benjamin, MD, FACP,
FACEP (Emeritus)
Executive Director, American Public Health Association
Lilian Cheung, DSc, RDLecturer, Director of Health Promotion and Communication, Department of Nutrition, Harvard School of Public Health
Susan DentzerEditor-in-Chief, Health Affairs; Health Correspondent, The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, Public Broadcasting Service
Michael Dinneen, MD, PhDDirector, Office of Strategy Management, Military Health System, U.S. Department of Defense
Susan Foerster, MPHChief, Cancer Prevention and Nutrition Section, Network for a Healthy California, California Department of Public Health
Michael F. Jacobson, PhDExecutive Director, Center for Science in the Public Interest
Philip Lee, MD, PhDFormer U.S. Assistant Secretary for Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; Professor of Human Biology, Stanford University (Emeritus)
Marion Nestle, PhD, MPHPaulette Goddard Professor of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health, New York University
Michael O’Donnell, PhD, MBA, MPHFounder and Editor-in-Chief, American Journal of Health Promotion
Harrison Spencer, MD, MPH, DTM&HPresident and CEO, Association of Schools of Public Health; Former Dean, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine; Former Dean, Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
Louis Sullivan, MDFounding Dean and President Emeritus, Morehouse School of Medicine; Former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services
Steven Woolf, MD, MPHDirector, Virginia Commonwealth University Center on Human Needs; Professor of Family Medicine, Virginia Commonwealth University; Associate Editor for Science, American Journal of Preventive Medicine
Working Group on Promoting Global Health and Health Diplomacy

Working Group Co-Chairs:

Jo Ivey Boufford, MDPresident, The New York Academy of Medicine; Foreign Secretary, Institute of Medicine; Professor of Public Service, Health Policy and Management, Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service; Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, New York University School of Medicine; Former Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health, U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services
Lawrence O. Gostin, JDLinda D. and Timothy J. O’Neill Professor of Global Health Law; Faculty Director, O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law, The Georgetown University Law Center; Professor, The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health; Director, Center for Law and the Public’s Health
Working Group Members:
Michele Barry, MD, FACPSenior Associate Dean of Global Health, Stanford University; Director, Global Health Programs in Medicine, Stanford University; Director, Yale/Stanford Global Health Scholars’ Program, Stanford University Site; Health Consultant Overseas Programs, Ford Foundation
Susan J. Blumenthal, MD, MPADirector, Health and Medicine Program, Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress; Former U.S. Assistant Surgeon General; Rear Admiral, USPHS (ret.)
Sir Richard Feachem, KBE, CBE, BSc, PhD, DSc(Med)Professor of Global Health, University of California, San Francisco and University of California, Berkeley; Director of the Global Health Group, UCSF Global Health Sciences;  Former Founding Executive Director, Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria; Former Under Secretary General of the United Nations
Maria C. Freire, PhDPresident, Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation; Former President and CEO, Global Alliance for TB Drug Development
Adrienne Germain, PhDPresident, International Women’s Health Coalition; Member, Council on Foreign Relations; Editorial Board, Reproductive Health Matters
Robert Nap Hosang, MD, MPH, MBAChair, Interdisciplinary MPH Program, Lecturer, Maternal and Child Health Program, and Faculty Sponsor, Health Environment and Development Program and International Health Specialty Area, School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley;  Founding member of the Center for Entrepreneurship in International Health and Development (CEIHD)
Thomas Novotny, MD, MPHProfessor and Co-Director, Joint Degree Program (PhD) in Global Health, Graduate School of Public Health, San Diego State University; Former Medical Epidemiologist, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC); Former Deputy Assistant Secretary for International and Refugee Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Working Group on Strengthening U.S. Medical and Public Health Research

Working Group Co-Chairs:

Andrew Z. Fire, PhDProfessor of Pathology and Genetics, Stanford University School of Medicine; Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine 2006
Elias A. Zerhouni, MDFormer Director, National Institutes of Health; Senior Advisor, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine; Senior Fellow, Global Health Program, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Working Group Members:

Peter Agre, MDDirector, Johns Hopkins Malaria Research Institute, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health; President, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS); Nobel Laureate in Chemistry 2003
Nancy Andrews, MD, PhDDean, Duke University School of Medicine; Professor of Pediatrics and of Pharmacology and Cancer Biology, Duke University School of Medicine; Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Duke University; President, American Society of Clinical Investigation; Former Dean for Basic Sciences and Graduate Studies, Harvard Medical School
Susan J. Blumenthal, MD, MPADirector, Health and Medicine Program, Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress; Former U.S. Assistant Surgeon General; Rear Admiral, USPHS (ret.)
William R. Brody, MDPresident, Salk Institute for Biological Studies; Former President, Johns Hopkins University; Former Provost, Academic Health Center at the University of Minnesota
Bernadine Healy, MDHealth Editor, U.S. News and World Report; Former Director, National Institutes of Health; Former President and CEO, American Red Cross
David Kessler, MD, JDProfessor, Department of Pediatrics; Professor, Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics; Former Dean; Former Vice-Chancellor; University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine; Former Commissioner, Food and Drug Administration
Eric Leuthardt, MDDirector, Center for Innovation in Neurosciences and Technology, and Assistant Professor, Neurological Surgery and Biomedical Engineering, Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis; Inventor, Intellectual Ventures
Adel Mahmoud, MD, PhDProfessor, Department of Molecular Biology, and Senior Policy Analyst and Professor, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University; Former President, Merck Vaccines, Merck & Co., Inc.
Peter J. Pronovost, MD, PhDDirector, Division of Adult Critical Care Medicine; Director, Quality and Safety Research Group; Medical Director, Center for Innovations in Quality Patient Care; Professor, Departments of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine and Surgery; Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine; Professor, Department of Health Policy and Management, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Randy Schekman, PhDEditor-in-Chief, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences; Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology, Department of Molecular and Cell Biology, University of California, Berkeley; Adjunct Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics, University of California, San Francisco; Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Robert Tjian, PhDPresident, Howard Hughes Medical Institute; Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of California, Berkeley; Co-Founder, Tularik, Inc.


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Project Director: Susan J. Blumenthal, MD, MPA, Director, Health and Medicine Program, Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress; Former U.S. Assistant Surgeon General

Project Coordinator: Sophie Turrell, Special Assistant and Research Associate for Health Policy, Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress

Former Project Coordinators: Anita Verma, Justin B. Mutter, MSc, and Alissa C. Clarke, Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress

Health Policy Interns and Fellows: Esther Agbaje, Sumaira Arastu, Julianne Brown, Laura Dean, Timothy Dempsey, Marisa Dowling, Beth Hoffman, Deirdre Horvath, Brigitte Hurtubise, Ali Khan, Julia Liebner, Youssra Marjoua, Joshua Oppenheimer, Kathryn Pitts, Pamela Savitz, Alyson Shogan, and Chrystan Skefos; Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress