rooms. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of California, Los Angeles, and has taught at Brown University and the University of California, Berkeley.

Marie A. Bernard, M.D., is the Donald W. Reynolds Chair in Geriatric Medicine, and Professor and Chairman of the Reynolds Department of Geriatrics at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. She also serves as the Associate Chief of Staff for Geriatrics and Extended Care at the Oklahoma City Veterans Affairs Medical Center. She is President of the Association of Directors of Geriatric Academic Programs, President of the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education, and Past-Chair of the Clinical Medicine Section of the Gerontological Society of America. Dr. Bernard’s research interests include nutrition and function in aging populations, with particular emphasis upon ethnic minorities. She serves on the following national committees: Chair, National Research Advisory Council, Department of Veterans Affairs; Board of Directors, American Geriatrics Society; Board of Directors, Alliance for Aging Research; Board of Directors, International Longevity Center; Editorial Board, Journal of Gerontology—Medical Sciences; Editorial Board, Geriatrics. She recently completed a 4-year term on the National Advisory Council on Aging of the National Institute of Aging (2001-2005), during which time she chaired the Minority Task Force (2004-2005).

David Blumenthal, M.D., M.P.P., is Director, Institute for Health Policy and Physician at Massachusetts General Hospital/Partners HealthCare System in Boston, Massachusetts. He is also Samuel O. Thier Professor of Medicine and Professor of Health Care Policy at Harvard Medical School. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine, a National Associate of the National Academy of Sciences, and serves on several editorial boards, including the American Journal of Medicine and the Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law. He is also a National Correspondent for the New England Journal of Medicine. Dr. Blumenthal was the founding chairman of Academy-Health. He is also Director of the Harvard University Interfaculty Program for Health Systems Improvement. From 1995 to 2002 Dr. Blumenthal served as Executive Director for the Commonwealth Fund Task Force on Academic Health Centers. He has served as a trustee of the University of Chicago Health System and currently serves as a trustee of the University of Pennsylvania Health System (Penn Medicine). His research interests include the dissemination of health information technology, quality and safety management in health care, the determinants of physician behavior, access to health services, and the extent and consequences of academic-industrial relationships in the health sciences.

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