Christine K. Cassel, MD, MACP
President & CEO, ABIM Foundation and
American Board of Internal Medicine

"Medicare Matters: Healthcare, Aging and the Social Contract"

Thursday, April 7, 2005
2:00 - 3:30 PM
Austrian Auditorium
Clinical Research Building (415 Curie Boulevard)
Access to Clinical Research Building

(co sponsored by IOA 2nd Visiting Scholars Series & Rand/Hartford Center for Interdisciplinary Geriatric Health Care)

“The aging of the population creates many opportunities for modern bio-medical sciences to contribute to health, longevity, and quality of life. But our health care system reflects a model that is neither effective nor sustainable for the 21st century. Key principles of geriatric medicine provide a groundwork for a better approach.”

-- Dr. Christine Cassel
President, American Board of Internal Medicine

In July 2003, Dr. Cassel became the President and CEO of the ABIM and ABIM Foundation after recently serving as the Dean of the School of Medicine and Vice President for Medical Affairs at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, Oregon. She is a leading expert in geriatric medicine, medical ethics, and quality of care. Among her many professional associations, she is currently Chair of the Greenwall Foundation, which supports work in bioethics; President of the American Federation for Aging Research; and Co-Chair for the Committee on Assuring the Health of the Public in the 21st Century at the Institute of Medicine. Dr. Cassel is the chief editor of a seminal textbook, Geriatric Medicine, now in its fourth edition; and her new book, Older Americans and the Future of Medicare: The 21st Century. A member of the Institute of Medicine and the IOM Governing Council and the Association of American Physicians, Dr. Cassel was formerly Chair of the Department of Geriatrics and Adult Development, and professor of Geriatrics and Medicine at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City, 1995-2001. She received her medical degree from the University of Massachusetts and completed her residency in internal medicine at Children's Hospital and the University of California at San Francisco, with subsequent fellowships in bioethics and geriatrics at UCSF and the University of Oregon.

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