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October 29, 2003

Dr. Neil R. Powe Elected to Institute of Medicine

Neil R. Powe, MD, MPH, MBA, professor of Epidemiology and Health Policy and Management at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and director of the Welch Center for Prevention Epidemiology and Clinical Research, has been elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies. Dr. Powe is also professor of Medicine at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.

Candidates are elected to this prestigious position for their major contributions to health care, medical science, and public health. As members, they work with the Institute on committees and studies that address a broad range of health policy issues.

Dr. Powe brings the skills and perspectives of a clinician and epidemiologist whose research extends from the patient to the population. He has addressed the use and misuse of medical therapies and devices, health care outcomes, and disparities in patterns of care. Dr. Powe’s training and experience blend clinical epidemiology, clinical medicine, and skills in health services research. He has made landmark observations concerning delivery of health care that has influenced optimal allocation of health care resources by providers, payers, and the federal government. He is among the most influential researchers in kidney disease outcomes and his work has catalyzed the rigorous evaluation of chronic kidney disease. Dr. Powe is also principal investigator of a national study of patient outcomes in chronic kidney disease called the CHOICE study. The study examines the outcomes of end-stage renal disease patients and is funded by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

Dr. Powe directs a model center for interdisciplinary research and he and his colleagues have trained new investigators and academicians in both clinical and population-based research methods, the ability to translate research into relevant policy information, and the communication of their findings effectively with policymakers to help their understanding of the evidence base for decisions.

Dr. Powe trained in internal medicine, health services research, and epidemiology. He received his medical degree from Harvard Medical School; his received his master of public heath degree from Harvard School of Public Health, and master of business administration from the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Powe joined the Johns Hopkins faculty in 1986 after completing residency and the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program at the University of Pennsylvania.

Other members of the School faculty elected to the Institute of Medicine include: Alfred Sommer, MD, MHS, dean of School of Public Health; Robert Black, MD, MPH, Edgar Berman professor and chair of International Health; Ruth Faden, PhD, MPH, professor of Health Policy and Management; Manning Feinleib, MD, MPH, DrPH, professor of Epidemiology; Linda Fried, MD, professor of Epidemiology; Leon Gordis, DrPH, MPH, professor of Epidemiology; Bernard Guyer, MD, MPH, professor and chair of Population and Family Health Sciences; Robert Lawrence, MD, associate dean for Professional Education and Programs; Paul McHugh, MD, professor of Mental Health; Jonathan Samet, MD, professor and chair of Epidemiology; Barbara Starfield, MD, MPH, professor of Health Policy and Management; Donald Steinwachs, PhD, professor and chair of Health Policy and Management; Carl Taylor, MD, DrPH, MPH, professor of International Health; Henry Wagner, MD, professor of Environmental Health Sciences; and Edward Wallach, MD, professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

National Academies News Release

Public Affairs Media Contacts for the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health: Tim Parsons or Kenna Brigham at 410-955-6878 or paffairs@jhsph.edu. Photographs of Neil Powe are available upon request.