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What does the future hold?


My marvellous family
Howard Hiatt Physician
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I ended my presentation to the medical students by talking about my family and how fortunate I've been. It's somewhat embarrassing to acknowledge that absent... the tremendous degree to which my wife put aside her own interests to promote my career, that I was able to do as much as I've done.

It is our great fortune, hers and mine, that we've had the marvellous children that we have, and our further great fortune that they, in turn, have picked spouses about whom we feel as strongly as we do about them, and that the third generation are... is proving to be every bit as important to us and, in our view, potentially contributing citizens, as our children have been. One of our granddaughters has just started teaching fourth grade and in a public school in Boston, inner city Boston, and when you have... and since I've already talked about how crucial I feel the whole area of our children and education is, you know how gratifying that is to me.

So, a marvellous life, one that has been full of extremely good friends, people whom I've been fortunate enough to be mentored by, and people whom I've been even more enriched by helping to mentor.

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: family, wife, children, granddaughter, education

Duration: 2 minutes, 13 seconds

Date story recorded: September 2006

Date story went live: 24 January 2008