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Becoming dean of the Harvard School of Public Health


Benefits of interdepartmental relationships
Howard Hiatt Physician
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We were surely the first Harvard teaching hospital to have a program in primary care, to have active community associations and it was then, as well, that we developed programs in computer technology and their... its application to, to medical care. Warner Slack and Howard Bleich were pioneers in that area. Herb Sherman and Barney Reifen, two engineers from Lincoln Laboratory became interested in what we were doing and joined us, initially, temporarily and then decided to stay.

I found then and this will... I'll mention this further when I talk about the next chapter in my career, I found then, that the relationships that I had developed over the years with people in other parts of Harvard University, not only in the biological sciences and chemistry, but throughout the social sciences as well, really played an important role in both my insights and in my... and the, the ideas that they helped generate for what we might do and what might contribute to the effectiveness of a hospital and of a medical active... and of medical activities.

Born in 1925, American Howard Hiatt set up one of the first medical oncology research and training units in the US and has headed up some of America's most prestigious medical institutions. Hiatt attended Harvard College and received his MD from the Harvard Medical School in 1948. He was a member of the team at the Pasteur Institute, Paris, that first identified and described mRNA, and he was among the first to demonstrate mRNA in mammalian cells. From 1991 to 1997, he was Secretary of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, where he began and directs the Academy's Initiatives For Children program. He is also committed to helping disadvantaged people access decent health care.

Listeners: Milton C. Weinstein

Milton C. Weinstein, Ph.D., is the Henry J. Kaiser Professor of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard School of Public Health and Professor of Medicine at the Harvard Medical School. At the Harvard School of Public Health he is Academic Director of the Program in Health Decision Science, and Director of the Program on Economic Evaluation of Medical Technology . He is best known for his research on cost-effectiveness of medical practices and for developing methods of economic evaluation and decision analysis in health care. He is a co-developer of the CEPAC (Cost-Effectiveness of Preventing AIDS Complications) computer simulation model, and has conducted studies on prevention and treatment of HIV infections. He is the co-developer of the Coronary Heart Disease Policy Model, which has been used to evaluate the cost-effectiveness of cardiovascular prevention and treatment. He is an author of four books: Decision Making in Health and Medicine: Integrating Evidence and Values; Cost-Effectiveness in Health and Medicine,the report of the Panel of Cost Effectiveness in Health and Medicine; Clinical Decision Analysis; and Hypertension: A Policy Perspective.He has also published more than 200 papers in peer-reviewed medical, public health, and economics journals. He is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, and a recipient of the Award for Career Achievement from the Society for Medical Decision Making. Dr. Weinstein received his A.B. and A.M. in Applied Mathematics (1970), his M.P.P. (1972), and his Ph.D. in Public Policy (1973) from Harvard University.

Tags: Harvard University

Duration: 1 minute, 45 seconds

Date story recorded: September 2006

Date story went live: 24 January 2008