The president of the Institute of Medicine will speak this Friday about the U.S. health care system’s emphasis on disease management over health maintenance and how that orientation might be changed.
Harvey Fineberg will present his talk, “Why Prevention Is a Hard Sell,” Feb. 5 at 8:30 a.m. during a lecture hosted by The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Division of Cancer Prevention and Population Sciences.
An expert on health policy and medical decision-making, Fineberg’s research has focused on assessment of medical technology, evaluation and use of vaccines, and dissemination of medical innovations. He was provost of his alma mater, Harvard University, from 1997 to 2001.
Fineberg was co-founder and president of the Society for Medical Decision Making and has served as consultant to the World Health Organization. As president of the Institute of Medicine, he has chaired and served on panels involving health policy issues ranging from AIDS to new medical technology.
The Institute of Medicine is an independent, nonprofit organization that works outside of government to provide unbiased and authoritative advice to decision makers and the public. Established in 1970, the IOM is the health arm of the National Academy of Sciences.