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Lisa Simpson Named AHCPR Deputy Administrator

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Media Advisory Date: September 9, 1996

Administrator Clifton R. Gaus, Sc.D., today announced that Lisa Simpson, M.B., B.Ch., has been appointed as Deputy Administrator of the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research (AHCPR). Dr. Simpson, a pediatrician and public health administrator, has been serving as Acting Deputy Administrator since August of 1995, and previously was a senior advisor to the Administrator.

As Deputy Administrator, Dr. Simpson will share with the Administrator the responsibility for the leadership, direction, and management of the programs of AHCPR, and help ensure that the activities of the Agency are coordinated with other Federal agencies and private-sector organizations. During her tenure at AHCPR, Dr. Simpson has promoted research that helps physicians improve the quality and effectiveness of medical practice, fosters partnerships between patients and clinicians in medical decision making, and focuses on issues related to children.

"Dr. Simpson's understanding of the role of health services research in improving health care quality as well as her knowledge of medical and public health issues make her eminently qualified to serve in this capacity," said Dr. Gaus. "Throughout her career, she has displayed the vision, knowledge, and skills needed to design, implement, and direct programs responsive to the constantly changing health care system."

Prior to her service at AHCPR, Dr. Simpson was a senior policy analyst in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health. She was fellow at the Institute for Health Policy Studies, University of California, San Francisco, and was the director of Maternal and Child Health for the State of Hawaii. Dr. Simpson also is an adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health.

Dr. Simpson is board certified in pediatrics. She received a doctorate of medicine (M.B., B.Ch.) from Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland.

For additional information, contact AHCPR Public Affairs: Karen Migdail, (301) 427-1855 or Salina Prasad, (301) 427-1864.

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