Notes on Contributors

David Altman is associate vice president for education policy at the Association of American Medical Colleges in Washington, DC. As director of the AAMC’s Office of Generalist Physician Programs, Dr. Altman is developing an information resource on generalist physician training and is constructing training programs in the generalist disciplines for medical schools.

Sherry R. Arnstein is executive director of the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine. She is interested in health care reform and its impact on osteopathic and allopathic medical schools. Ms. Arnstein is the coauthor of Perspectives on Technology Assessment as well as numerous monographs and articles on health policy and citizen participation.

John Z. Ayanian is an assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and associate physician in the Division of General Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He is also a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Generalist Physician Faculty Scholar. Dr. Ayanian’s research interests include physicians’ practice patterns and the relation between patients’ sociodemographic characteristics and the quality of medical care.

Carol A. Boyer is a research associate at the Institute for Health, Health Care Policy, and Aging Research, Rutgers University. Her research focuses primarily on the organization and financing of mental health care and their impact on utilization and patient outcomes.

Eric J. Cassell is clinical professor of public health at Cornell University Medical College in New York City. Dr. Cassell has written widely about ethics, the care of the dying, and the nature of suffering. His major research interest is the theory of clinical medicine.

Robin E. Clark is assistant professor of community and family medicine and of psychiatry at Dartmouth Medical School and a research associate at the New Hampshire-Dartmouth Psychiatric Research Center. Mr. Clark is conducting research on the family economic burden, the financing of and payment for mental health services, and the cost effectiveness of interventions for people with severe mental illness.

Jordan J. Cohen is president of the Association of American Medical Colleges in Washington, DC. Among his current interests are health policy, the physician workforce, and sustaining academic values in the midst of health care reform.

Robert A. Dorwart is associate professor of psychiatry and of public health at Harvard University and chairman of the Mental Health Policy Working Group at the John F. Kennedy School of Government. Dr. Dorwart has participated in several national studies of the financing and organization of mental health and substance abuse services. His most recent book, which he coauthored with Sherrie Epstein, is Privatization and Mental Health Care: A Fragile Balance.

Sherrie S. Epstein is a research associate at the John F Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. Ms. Epstein has contributed to many research studies on health and mental health policy and has coauthored a book, with Robert A. Dorwart, on the privatization of mental health care.

Howard A. Fishbein is senior epidemiologist at the Gallup Organization in Rockville, Maryland. He is interested in medical effectiveness research as it relates to improved patient outcomes. Among his research interests are chronic diseases, particularly diabetes. His survey research explores the relation between variables in search of better ways to deliver effective health care.

Sheldon Greenfield is professor of medicine at Tufts University, adjunct professor at the Harvard School of Public Health, and director of the Primary Care Outcomes Research Institute, New England Medical Center, Boston. Dr. Greenfield is interested in the costs, quality, and effectiveness of primary care, and his current research focuses on outcomes in primary care.

Lawrence U. Haspel is executive vice president of the Chicago Osteopathic Health Systems/Midwestern University in Chicago. Among his interests are physician workforce policy, the development of a Medicaid managed care program, and medical care to the underserved.

Sherrie H. Kaplan is senior scientist and codirector of the Primary Care Outcomes Research Institute at the New England Medical Center in Boston. Her recent work has focused on patient-reported health outcomes and the impact of interventions designed to increase patient decision making on interpersonal care and health.

Patricia P. Katz is assistant adjunct professor of medicine and health policy at the University of California in San Francisco. Her current research explores the impact of chronic disease on functioning and psychological well-being.

David Mechanic is Rene Dubos Professor of Behavioral Sciences and director of the Institute for Health, Health Care Policy, and Aging Research at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey. He is currently examining national health care policy, the organization and financing of mental health care, and the behavioral aspects of health. Mr. Mechanic is a frequent contributor to the Milbank Quarterly.

Anne A. Scitovsky is senior staff scientist, emeritus, at the Research Institute of the Palo Alto Medical Foundation in California. Over the past 30 years, she has focused her research on the costs of treating specific diseases, the effects of changes in medical technology on costs, the economic costs of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, and medical care costs at the end of life. Recently, Ms. Scitovsky has been studying the current literature on high-cost illness.

Mary E. Stuart is director of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Policy and Health Statistics Administration, Baltimore. She has recently been involved in health care reform at the state level, the development of a statewide, all-payer medical claims database, and the exploration of ways to use Maryland Medicaid’s financial authority to create integrated care systems for the sickest and costliest subgroups.

Edward H. Yelin is professor of medicine and health policy at the University of California in San Francisco. Mr. Yelin’s research emphasizes the impact of the changing economy on the well-being of persons with chronic disease. He is also director of the Arthritis Research Group at the university, which examines health policy issues affecting persons with arthritis.

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Volume 72, Issue 4 (pages 735–736)
Published in 1994