Executive Director of the American Public Health Association
Pro to the question "Is the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) Good for America?"
"The new law will guarantee millions of Americans access to quality, affordable care regardless of health status; decrease rates of the nation's leading chronic diseases; control soaring health spending; and strengthen our battered public health infrastructure...
Health reform and its historic investment in prevention will help us achieve the promise we made to give our children a higher quality of life than we have. There are those in public life today who would seek to undo these historic reforms, or at least delay their implementation. But we can't delay, and we can't turn our backs on the tens of millions of people in this country who will live longer, healthier lives because of health reform."
Experts Individuals with MDs, DOs, PhDs, JDs or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to health care; top-level federal government officials significantly involved in health care and related issues. [Note: Experts definition varies by site.]
Involvement and Affiliations:
Executive Director, American Public Health Association, 2002-present
Fellow, American College of Physicians
Fellow Emeritus, American College of Emergency Physicians
Publisher, The Nations's Health
Publisher, The American Journal of Public Health
Member, Institute of Medicine, National Academies of Science
Board Member: Research America, Partnership for Prevention, and the Reagan-Udall Foundation
Secretary, Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, 1999-2002
Deputy Secretary, Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, 1995-1999
Director, Emergency Ambulance Bureau, District of Columbia, 1990-1991, 1994-1995
Acting Commissioner for Public Health, District of Columbia, 1990-1991
Chair, Department of Community Health and Ambulatory Care, District of Columbia General Hospital, 1987-1990
Chief of emergency medicine, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, 1983-1987
Chief, Acute Illness Clinic, Madigan Army Medical Hospital, 1981-1983
MD, College of Medicine, University of Illinois, 1978
"Historical and Current Policy Efforts to Eliminate Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities in the United States: Future Opportunities for Public Health Education Research," Health Promotion Practice, July 2006
"Legal Preparedness for Bioterrorism," Journal of Legal Medicine & Ethics, 2002
Historical and Current Policy Efforts to Eliminate Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities in the United States: Future Opportunities for Public Health Education Research, Annals of Emergency Medicine, 1992