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Important extra-departmental activities


The Center for the Analysis of Health Practises: Milton Weinstein
Howard Hiatt Physician
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The Center for the Analysis of Health Practices, which was established outside of the departmental structure of the school, examined a range of... of medical practices and medical problems including some concern with the quality of medical care, and the results of that enterprise were really profound. Don Berwick, who came to the school, subsequently became one of the leaders, perhaps the leader, on quality of medical care issues in the country, in the world. Milt Weinstein, who was initially in that center, ultimately became a member of the Department of Health Policy and Management. Milt's background was rather interesting. Shortly after I took the deanship, I was approached by Howard Raiffa who is widely considered to be the, perhaps, the father of decision science. Howard said to me, you know, I think that the whole field of medicine and health could profit greatly from a person or people whose interest and experience is in the area of decision science, and it was Howard who recommended one of his students, Milton Weinstein, who had just finished his doctoral work with him, as a candidate. Milt came to the school because there was no ready home for him in a department early on, he was based in the Center, but ultimately became a very important man of... member of the Department of Health Policy and Management, and trained a whole group of people who had followed in his footsteps.

Another of the people who came to the school early and who created new areas for enquiry was Harvey Fineberg who subsequently became the dean of the school and is now President of the Institute of Medicine.

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: Center for the Analysis of Health Practises, Don Berwick, Milton Weinstein, Harvey Fineberg

Duration: 2 minutes, 47 seconds

Date story recorded: September 2006

Date story went live: 24 January 2008