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DOUG KAMEROW - preventive medicine PDF Print E-mail

 DOUG KAMEROW is a family physician and specialist in preventive medicine. He served for twenty years in the Commissioned Corps of the US Public Health Service, working as a general practitioner in the National Health Service Corps, as a researcher at the National Institute of Mental Health, and in health policy and leadership positions in both the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. 

Among the activities he led were a research program on mental disorders in primary care, the (very controversial) US Preventive Services Task Force, and the National Guidelines Clearinghouse. He retired from the PHS in 2001 with the rank of assistant surgeon general. Since then, Doug has been a chief scientist at the nonpartisan research institute RTI International, an editor of the international medical journal BMJ, and a professor of clinical family medicine at Georgetown University. He also writes frequent health policy commentaries for medical journals, blogs, and NPR, many of which have been collected in a book, Dissecting American Health Care, published late in 2011.

Doug lives in his hometown of Washington, DC, with his wife, Celia Shapiro, and their almost-grown children. He really likes traveling a lot.

Preventive medicine is surprisingly important, almost completely misunderstood, and poorly implemented.
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