Thomas P. Stossel

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Thomas P. Stossel (born c. 1941) is the Director of the Translational Medicine Division and Senior Physician in Hematology at Brigham & Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School in Boston.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Stossel was born in Chicago to Jewish parents who left Germany before the rise of Hitler but was raised Protestant. His younger brother, John Stossel, is a prominent television news personality who characterizes Tom as "the superstar of the family" and commented, "While I partied and played poker, he studied hard, got top grades, and went to Harvard Medical School."[2] He has 11 patents, was once a trustee for the American Council on Science and Health,[3] and is a Senior Fellow with Manhattan Institute. He was a recipient of the American Society of Hematology's E. Donnall Thomas Prize in 1993. In 2012, he was honored with the Humanitarian Award by Brigham and Women's Hospital.[4] His wife is Kerry Maguire, a public health dentist, and his children, Sage and Scott Stossel, work for The Atlantic magazine. He graduated from Princeton University and Harvard Medical School.[5]


Stossel is the author of almost 300 publications,[6] including co-authoring two textbooks, Haematology: A Pathophysiological Approach (1984) and Blood: Principles and Practice of Hematology (1997) and the consumer book Pharmaphobia: How the Conflict of Interest Myth Undermines American Medical Innovation (2015).[7]


Stossel has been supportive of industry ethics since 1987, when he joined the scientific advisory board of Biogen: "These business people were really honest compared to some of my academic colleagues, who'd run their grandmothers over. About this time, this outpouring of anti-industry activism began to impose barriers between researcher-industry collaboration, and I got obsessed with it."[8]

He was also critical of the Affordable Care Act rule known as the Physician Payments Sunshine Act, requiring all companies that sell medical products to the government to disclose on a public website anything they give to physicians that is valued above $10.[9]

Charity work[edit]

Stossel is a cofounder of Options for Children in Zambia, which provides dental and medical preventive care and other services to the country's major teaching hospital, an orphanage and remote rural villages. He also established Lusaka Zambia, a sickle cell disease clinical and research center in collaboration with physicians at University Teaching Hospital, University of Zambia, Lusaka, Zambia.


  1. ^ "Harvard Medical School". Archived from the original on July 19, 2012. Retrieved July 12, 2015.
  2. ^ Stossel, John (2006). Myths, Lies, and Downright Stupidity. Hyperion Books p. 56
  3. ^ "American Council on Science and Health". Archived from the original on February 24, 2012. Retrieved July 11, 2015.
  4. ^ "Policy and Medicine". Retrieved July 11, 2015.
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  6. ^ "Brigham and Women's Hospital". Retrieved July 11, 2015.
  7. ^ "Amazon author page". Retrieved July 12, 2015.
  8. ^ "Medical Marketing & Media". Retrieved July 12, 2015.
  9. ^ "Wall Street Journal". Retrieved July 12, 2015.