AAMC News and Leadership Announcements, 2013 January 15

The current issue of AAMC News and Leadership Announcements is now available:

Jeffrey S. Akman has been named vice president for health affairs and dean of the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS). He will lead the academic and research mission of SMHS and will be named the Walter A. Bloedorn Chair of Administrative Medicine. Since 2010, Dr. Akman has served as interim vice president for health affairs and dean. From 2000 to 2010, Dr. Akman served as the Leon M. Yochelson Professor and chair of the GW Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.

http://tinyurl.com/a9uchfm <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/19317178:21695007038:m:1:1612442508:233F67BACF36E0C7A3BBE58A05FB4EC1:r>

John C. Reed, M.D.,Ph.D., CEO of the Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute in La Jolla, California, on Monday was named Head of Roche Pharma Research and Early Development (pRED) and member of an enlarged Corporate Executive Committee. He will be based in Basel and assume his new role on April 2, 2013.

http://tinyurl.com/cyq2d2r <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/19317179:21695007038:m:1:1612442508:233F67BACF36E0C7A3BBE58A05FB4EC1:r>

On Monday, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a proposed rule implementing key Affordable Care Act provisions relating to Medicaid and the Exchanges. According to HHS, “This proposed rule codifies statutory eligibility provisions, lays out a structure and options for coordinating Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and Exchange eligibility notices and appeals. It also proposes to modify existing benchmark benefits regulations for low-income adults, and codify several of the provisions included in the Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act (CHIPRA).”

http://www.ofr.gov/OFRUpload/OFRData/2013-00659_PI.pdf <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/19317180:21695007038:m:1:1612442508:233F67BACF36E0C7A3BBE58A05FB4EC1:r>

http://tinyurl.com/bxfgswd <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/19317181:21695007038:m:1:1612442508:233F67BACF36E0C7A3BBE58A05FB4EC1:r>  (fact sheet)

Paul Taheri, M.D., M.B.A., has been named Deputy Dean at the Yale University School of Medicine and chief executive officer of Yale Medical Group (YMG). Dr. Taheri is currently the senior associate dean for clinical affairs and president and CEO of the University of Vermont Medical (UVM) Group, as well as a professor of surgery at UVM.

http://medicine.yale.edu/news/article.aspx?id=4633 <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/19317182:21695007038:m:1:1612442508:233F67BACF36E0C7A3BBE58A05FB4EC1:r>

The November 23 issue of Science featured an essay from Drs. Joe Goldstein and Mike Brown concerning, “A Golden Era of Nobel Laureates,” highlighting nine laureates who trained at NIH from 1964-1972. The new issue of Science features the perspective of Dr. Jeffry Flier, dean of the faculty of medicine at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Flier comments on Goldstein and Brown’s essay and the development of research consortia and ‘big data” approaches to discovery.

http://www.sciencemag.org/content/339/6116/140.full <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/19317183:21695007038:m:1:1612442508:233F67BACF36E0C7A3BBE58A05FB4EC1:r>

Tuesday’s Wall Street Journal reported, “UnitedHealth Group Inc. and Mayo Clinic are set to unveil a new research initiative that will draw on millions of health-insurance claims and in-depth clinical patient records, part of a broader effort in the health industry to glean insights about care from a growing flood of data.” According to the article, “The new effort, dubbed Optum Labs, will be part of UnitedHealth’s Optum health-services arm. UnitedHealth Group Chief Executive Stephen J. Hemsley said the company viewed it as a ‘dedicated research unit…not a profit-driven undertaking,’ and the goal was to create ‘a neutral place to conduct research’ with partners from around the health industry, with the findings to be made public. He compared it to the historic Bell Labs, where a number of important technology discoveries were made over decades.”

http://tinyurl.com/cmzgkvs <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/19317184:21695007038:m:1:1612442508:233F67BACF36E0C7A3BBE58A05FB4EC1:r>

The NIH National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) announced on Monday the appointment of Eddie Reed, M.D., as the clinical director for the NIMHD Intramural Research Program. Dr. Reed most recently served as professor of oncologic sciences and Abraham Mitchell Distinguished Investigator at the University of South Alabama’s Mitchell Cancer Institute. He previously served as a tenured scientist, chief of the Clinical Pharmacology Branch, and chief of the Ovarian Cancer and Metastatic Prostate Cancer Clinic in the Division of Clinical Science at the National Cancer Institute (NCI); director of the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center at West Virginia University, Morgantown; and director of the Division of Cancer Prevention and Control at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

http://tinyurl.com/cm86m3a <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/19317185:21695007038:m:1:1612442508:233F67BACF36E0C7A3BBE58A05FB4EC1:r>

An essay in Tuesday’s St. Louis Post Dispatch by Steven H. Lipstein, president and CEO of BJC HealthCare, discussed the realities of hospital pricing in an effort to help the public better understand “why medical charges and health insurance premiums appear high already and still growing.”

http://tinyurl.com/cu9zkm4 <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/19317186:21695007038:m:1:1612442508:233F67BACF36E0C7A3BBE58A05FB4EC1:r>

Northwestern Medicine, comprised of Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern Medical Faculty Foundation and Northwestern Memorial HealthCare, on Monday announced “they have made a transformational commitment of more than $1 billion toward creating a leading medical research enterprise on Northwestern’s campus in Chicago’s Streeterville neighborhood.” The centerpiece of the $1 billion investment is the construction of a new state-of-the-art research building on the site of the former Prentice Women’s Hospital http://tinyurl.com/c37w7mx <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/19317187:21695007038:m:1:1612442508:233F67BACF36E0C7A3BBE58A05FB4EC1:r>

Tony Mazzaschi

AAMC

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