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    • Public Health and General Preventive Medicine
    Director of the Harvard Injury Control Research Center
    • Professor of Health Policy at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

    David Hemenway, Ph.D., Professor of Health Policy, is Director of the Harvard Injury Control Research Center. He formerly spent a week each year at the University of Vermont as a James Marsh Visiting Professor-at-Large. Dr. Hemenway teaches classes on injury and on economics. He has won ten teaching awards at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Dr. Hemenway has written widely on injury prevention, including articles on firearms, violence, suicide, child abuse, motor vehicle crashes, fires, falls and fractures. He headed the pilot for the National Violent Death Reporting System, which provides detailed and comparable information on suicide and homicide. In 2012 he was recognized by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention as one of the “twenty most influential injury and violence professionals over the past twenty years.” In articles on insurance, Dr. Hemenway described a general reason why low-risk individuals often buy insurance, and coined the term “propitious selection.” Recent economic studies have focused on empirically determining which goods are more and less positional (e.g., bought largely to “keep up with the Joneses”). An early statistics article, Why Your Classes are Larger than Average, has been anthologized in various mathematical collections. Dr. Hemenway has written five books. Industrywide Voluntary Product Standards (1975) describes the role of voluntary standards and standardization in the U.S. economy. Monitoring and Compliance: the Political Economy of Inspection (1985) describes the importance of inspection processes in ensuring that regulations are followed, and the reasons the system often fails. Prices and Choices (3rd edition) (1993) is a collection of twenty-six of his original essays applying microeconomic theory to everyday life.

    • Pediatrics
    • Preventive Medicine
    Core faculty, Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center, University of Washington
    • Seattle Children’s Guild Endowed Chair in Pediatrics, Professor of Pediatrics at University of Washington
    Frederick P. Rivara, MD, MPH, is the holder of the Seattle Children’s Guild Endowed Chair in Pediatrics, Professor of Pediatrics and adjunct Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Washington. He is vice chair of the Department of Pediatrics in the School of Medicine. He is editor-in-chief of JAMA Pediatrics. He has devoted his career to injury prevention and control. Rivara was elected to the Institute of Medicine in 2005.
    • Internal Medicine
    • Nephrology
    • Quality Improvement
    Distinguished Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
    Jerome P. Kassirer, a native of Buffalo, NY, graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Buffalo School of Medicine in 1957. He trained in Internal Medicine at Buffalo General Hospital and in Nephrology at the New England Medical Center in Boston. He joined the faculty of Tufts University School of Medicine in 1961, was named Professor of Medicine in 1974, and was the Sara Murray Jordan Professor of Medicine from 1987 to 1991. For two decades he served as Vice Chairman of the Department of Medicine at Tufts. Between 1991 and 1999, Dr. Kassirer was Editor-in-Chief of the New England Journal of Medicine. He is currently Distinguished Professor and Senior Assistant to the Dean at Tufts University School of Medicine, and, since leaving the Journal, he has been an adjunct faculty member or consultant at Yale University, Case School of Medicine, and Stanford University. Dr. Kassirer has published numerous original research and clinical studies, textbook chapters and books on nephrology (in particular, acid-base equilibrium), medical decision making, and the diagnostic process. He was a co-founder and co-editor of Nephrology Forum in the journal Kidney International and of Clinical Problem Solving in Hospital Practice until 1991. Dr. Kassirer was elected to AOA as a student and was named the AOA Distinguished Clinical Teacher of the Year in 1989. He is a Master of the American College of Physicians and has received the College’s John Phillips Award. He was named Distinguished Alumnus by the School of Medicine at the University at Buffalo, has received the Distinguished Faculty Award from Tufts University School of Medicine, and the Distinguished Service Award of the Alumni Association of Tufts University. In 2009 he received the David E. Rogers Award from the Association of American Medical Colleges. He has several honorary degrees, including one from L'Universite Rene Descartes in Paris. He is an honorary member of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Innere Medizin. Dr. Kassirer has served on the American College of Physicians' Board of Governors and Board of Regents, chaired the National Library of Medicine's Board of Scientific Counselors, is a past Chairman of the American Board of Internal Medicine and a past Director of the National Committee on Quality Assurance. He has been elected to the Association of American Physicians, the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is a member of the Human Factors Subcommittee of the National Commission on Forensic Science. In editorials during his tenure at the New England Journal of Medicine and in multiple publications since, he has promoted professionalism, ethical scientific conduct, patient involvement in decision making, appropriate use of firearms, and reliable approaches to the assessment of the quality of health care. He was been highly critical of for-profit medicine, the abuses of managed care, political intrusions into medical decisions, and physicians’ financial conflicts of interest. His 2005 Oxford University Press book, “On The Take: How Medicine’s Complicity With Big Business Endangers Your Health,” concerned financial conflict of interest in medicine. His 2009 book, published by Lippincott, is entitled, “Learning Clinical Reasoning.”
    • Internal Medicine
    • Medical Oncology
    Professor of Health Sciences and Epidemiology, Northeastern University
    Dr. Miller, Professor of Health Sciences and Epidemiology, is Director of the Undergraduate Health Sciences Program at Northeastern University. He is also Adjunct Professor of Epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and Co-Director of the Harvard Injury Control Research Center (HICRC). Dr. Miller, a physician with training in Internal Medicine and Medical Oncology, is an expert in injury and violence prevention, with a special interest in firearm related violence and public health approaches to preventing suicide. Dr. Miller’s suicide scholarship underscores the importance of efforts that reduce not only suffering that leads people to attempt suicide, but also ready access to highly lethal methods used in suicidal acts, such as firearms. Dr. Miller’s work has contributed to the empirical evidence supporting the observation that suicide risk for individuals and suicide rates for populations can be greatly reduced by reducing access to firearms and other highly lethal suicide methods, even in the absence changes in underlying psychiatric illness or even suicidal behavior. In addition to empirical work in injury prevention, Dr. Miller’s scholarship includes work that focuses on the fundamental and often unrecognized tension between research and therapy in clinical trials. Dr. Miller is Assistant Editor of the journal Injury Epidemiology and a recipient of the Excellence in Science Award from the American Public Health Association.
    • Public Health and General Preventive Medicine
    Center Director, Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy & Research
    • Professor of Health Policy and Management at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
    Daniel W. Webster, ScD, MPH, is a Professor of Health Policy and Management at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, where he serves as Director of the Center for Gun Policy and Research, Deputy Director of Research for the Center for the Prevention of Youth Violence, and core faculty of the Center for Injury Research and Policy. Dr. Webster is one of the nation’s leading experts on firearm policy and the prevention of gun violence. He is co-editor of Reducing Gun Violence in America: Informing Policy with Evidence and Analysis (JHU Press, 2013). He has published numerous articles on the prevention of gun violence, firearm policy, youth gun acquisition and carrying, intimate partner violence, and the prevention of youth violence. Dr. Webster is currently leading studies evaluating state gun policies, policing strategies focused on deterring gun violence, street outreach and violence interruption, policies to regulate prescribing and dispensing of prescription opioids, and Maryland’s Lethality Assessment Program for reducing the recurrence of intimate partner violence. He directs Baltimore's Homicide Review Commission and is initiating a study of Baltimore's underground gun market. Dr. Webster teaches courses in violence prevention and research methods for health policy at Johns Hopkins.
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