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Setting up programs with the help of benefactors


Interest in the global health program grows
Howard Hiatt Physician
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It's clear that the need for the kinds of people who are emerging from our training program in global health is enormous; we'll never satisfy it at the Brigham no matter how big the Residency in Global Health becomes. And so, when we've been approached by other universities and other teaching hospitals, we've been more than pleased to help in their launching similar programs. Duke University, to which the Chairman of our Department of Medicine who set up the Residency in Global Health, Victor Dzau, has gone as Chancellor, has the issue of global health and training therein high on his agenda and we're working with Duke to help in any way we can.

The University of Miami has a similar program that they are hoping to launch, and one of our colleagues from Boston, Paul Wise, a pediatrician, who's gone as Professor of Stanford in the Pediatrics Department, is developing a child health program, a child global health program, that is to say, global health program for pediatricians, and we're working closely with him. So, the more groups that we can join with, of course, the more this will become the movement that we hope it will be.

I spoke at the outset about the image that Americans have around the world, and I can't think of anything that will do more to restore the image that I think we once had in the presence of such people as Paul Farmer, Jim Kim and some of these younger individuals whom I've described.

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: Duke University, Victor Dzau, Paul Wise

Duration: 2 minutes, 23 seconds

Date story recorded: September 2006

Date story went live: 24 January 2008