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HHS Secretary Appoints New AHCPR Administrator

Press Release Date: March 26, 1997

HHS Secretary Donna E. Shalala today announced the appointment of John M. Eisenberg, M.D., M.B.A., as Administrator of the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research (AHCPR).

Dr. Eisenberg, 50, was a founding Commissioner of the Congressional Physician Payment Review Commission from 1986 through 1995, serving as its Chairman from 1993-1995.

"John Eisenberg is one of the finest health leaders in this country. With his knowledge of the health care system and his breadth of experience, Dr. Eisenberg is uniquely qualified to lead AHCPR in its mission to conduct and support the critical research needed to improve the quality of health care services in this nation," said Secretary Shalala. "We are delighted that he will be joining President Clinton's team."

Dr. Eisenberg also will serve as the Senior Advisor to the Secretary on Quality, with AHCPR designated as the Department's lead agency for health care quality improvement issues. One of his initial projects will be to coordinate HHS's work on behalf of the Secretary regarding the National Advisory Commission on Consumer Protection and Quality in the Health Care Industry and to chair an interagency committee on quality.

A clinician and researcher, Dr. Eisenberg has held a number of key positions in both academic and clinical medicine. Most recently, he was Chairman of the Department of Medicine, Physician-in-Chief, and Anton and Margaret Fuisz Professor of Medicine at Georgetown University Medical Center. Previously, he served as Chief of the Division of General Internal Medicine and was Sol Katz Professor of General Internal Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.

In 1991-1992, Dr. Eisenberg was the first physician to be elected President of the Association for Health Services Research, and also was President of the Foundation for Health Services Research. He has been President of the Society for General Internal Medicine, and Vice President of the Society for Medical Decision Making. Dr. Eisenberg is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. He currently serves on the Board of Regents of the American College of Physicians and has been elected a Master of the College.

Dr. Eisenberg has published over 200 articles and book chapters on topics such as physicians' practices, test use and efficacy, medical education, and clinical economics. His book, Doctors' Decisions and the Cost of Medical Care, was published in 1986. He was co-author of Paying Physicians, published in 1992, and co-editor of The Physician's Practice, published in 1980.

He is a magna cum laude graduate of Princeton University (1968) and the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis (1972). After his residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, he was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar and earned a Master of Business Administration degree at the Wharton School with distinction.

Dr. Eisenberg replaces Clifton R. Gaus, who served as AHCPR Administrator from 1994 to 1997.

For additional information, contact AHCPR Public Affairs: Karen J. Migdail, (301) 427-1855 (KMigdail@ahrq.gov); Salina Prasad, (301) 427-1864 (SPrasad@ahrq.gov).

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