Christine K. Cassel
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Christine K. Cassel, MD, is President and CEO of the National Quality Forum. She is the immediate past President and CEO of the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) and ABIM Foundation. Prior to her decade at ABIM, Dr. Cassel previously served as President of the American Federation for Aging Research and the American College of Physicians. She also formerly served as Dean of the School of Medicine and Vice President for Medical Affairs at Oregon Health & Science University, Chair of the Department of Geriatrics and Adult Development at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. During her 10 years at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, she served as Chief of General Internal Medicine, Professor of Geriatrics and Medicine, Founding Director of the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program, and Founding Director of the Center for Health Policy Research. She is highly regarded in the fields of geriatric medicine, medical ethics and quality of care.
Dr. Cassel is one of 20 scientists chosen by U.S. President Barack Obama to serve on the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology and is co-Chair and Physician Leader of a PCAST working group that made recommendations to the President on issues relating to health information technology. She served on the Institute of Medicine(IOM)'s Comparative Effective Research (CER) Committee mandated by Congress to set priorities for the national CER effort. She also served on the IOM committee that wrote the influential report, "To Err Is Human" and "Crossing the Quality Chasm". In 2013, Modern Healthcare named Dr. Cassel the 9th most powerful physician in healthcare.
Among her many professional leadership positions, Dr. Cassel is past-Chair of the ABIM Board of Directors and ABIM Foundation, served as Chair of the Board of the Greenwall Foundation, which supports work in bioethics; is immediate past-President of the American Federation for Aging Research; and was a member of the Advisory Committee to the Director at the National Institutes of Health. She was elected to the Institute of Medicine in 1992, and was a member of the IOM Governing Council and has served on previous IOM committees responsible for influential reports on quality of care and medical errors, chaired a recent report on end-of-life care, and co-chaired a report on public health. In 1997-98, Dr. Cassel served on the President's Advisory Commission on Consumer Protection and Quality in the Health Care Industry. She is a fellow of the Hastings Center, a bioethics research institution.
Dr. Cassel was formerly Chair of the Department of Geriatrics and Adult Development and Professor of Geriatrics and Medicine at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City. During 10 years at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, Dr. Cassel was Chief of the Section of General Internal Medicine, Professor of Geriatrics and Medicine, Founding Director of the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program, and Founding Director of the Center for Health Policy Research.
Books and Articles
Dr. Cassel is the author or co-author of 14 books, including Medicare Matters: What Geriatric Medicine Can Teach American health Care (2005), Ethical Patient Care (2000), Geriatric Medicine (Fourth Edition), A Practical Guide to Aging (1997), Approaching Death (1997), Encyclopedia of Bioethics (1995), Ethical Dimensions in the Health Professions (1993), and Nuclear Weapons and Nuclear War: A Sourcebook for Health Professionals (1984); and more than 150 journal articles on geriatric medicine, aging, bioethics and health policy. She has edited and authored a number of books, including Medicare Matters: What Geriatric Medicine Can Teach American Health Care (2005), Ethical Patient Care (2000), Geriatric Medicine (Fourth Edition), A Practical Guide to Aging (1997), Approaching Death (1997), Encyclopedia of Bioethics (1995), Ethical Dimensions in the Health Professions (1993), and Nuclear Weapons and Nuclear War: A Sourcebook for Health Professionals (1984). Her recent JAMA commentary on physician motivation, co-authored with Sachin H. Jain, "Societal Perceptions of Physicians" has drawn significant interest.
A graduate of the University of Chicago, Dr. Cassel received her medical degree from the University of Massachusetts Medical School and completed a residency in internal medicine at the Children's Hospital of San Francisco and a fellowship in geriatrics at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Portland, Oregon. Additionally, she completed a bioethics health policy fellowship program at the University of California, San Francisco. She is the recipient of numerous honorary degrees and awards of distinction, including Fellowship in the Royal Colleges of Medicine in the United Kingdom and Canada, and Mastership in the American College of Physicians. Dr. Cassel is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in internal medicine and geriatric medicine.
- National Quality Forum Site
- American Board of Internal Medicine Site
- The ABIM Foundation Site
- Pritzker School of Medicine, University of Chicago