Mayers Lecture Centers on Population Health

David Nash, the Dr. Raymond C. and Doris N. Grandon professor of health policy and medicine at Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, Pa., will be presenting this year's Mayers Lecture. His lecture, titled "Population Health and the Path to a Better Health System," will be given at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 13, 2010, in the Ballroom of The Nittany Lion Inn. The event, presented by the Department of Health Policy and Administration, the College of Health and Human Development and Penn State, in conjunction with Mount Nittany Medical Center, is free and open to the public. Registration is requested; details can be found at http://www.hhdev.psu.edu/news/2010/3_16_10_mayers.html.

Nash, a board-certified internist, continues to direct the Office of Health Policy and Clinical Outcomes at Jefferson University Hospital, which he founded in 1990. In 1996, he was named the first associate dean for health policy at Jefferson Medical College.

Internationally recognized for his work in outcomes management, medical staff development, and quality-of-care improvement, his publications have appeared in more than 60 articles in major journals and in a dozen edited books, including "A Systems Approach to Disease Management" by Jossey-Bass Publishers and "Connecting with the New Healthcare Consumer" by Aspen Publishers. In 1995, he was awarded the Latiolais Prize by the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy for his leadership in disease management and pharmacoeconomics. He also received the Philadelphia Business Journal Healthcare Heroes Award in October 1997 and was named an honorary distinguished fellow of the American College of Physician Executives in 1998.

Repeatedly named by Faulkner & Gray as one of the most influential policy makers in academic medicine, his national activities include appointment to the JCAHO Advisory Committee on Performance Measurement, the Foundation for Accountability (FACCT) Board, and the Disease Management Advisory Council of the NCQA -- three key national groups focusing on quality measurement and improvement. He continues as one of the principal faculty members for quality-of-care issues of the American College of Physician Executives (ACPE) in Tampa, Fla., and the developer of the ACPE Capstone Course on Quality. Nash is on the National Advisory Committee for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Partnerships in Quality Education program, bringing together managed care organizations and leading academic medical centers. Finally, he is a member of the board of trustees of Catholic Healthcare Partners in Cincinnati, Ohio, one of the nation’s largest integrated delivery systems and chairs the board committee on quality.

Nash is a consultant to organizations in both the public and private sectors including the Technical Advisory Group of the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council (a group he has chaired for the last three years), Medscape and numerous corporations within the pharmaceutical industry. He is on the board of directors and advisory board of six national firms involved in healthcare e-commerce. He is on the editorial board of six peer-reviewed journals. From 1984 to 1989, he was deputy editor of Annals of Internal Medicine at the American College of Physicians. Currently, he is editor-in-chief of both P&T and Disease Management. He is a member of the Medical Economics editorial board.

Nash received his bachelor of arts in economics (Phi Beta Kappa) from Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, New York; his doctor of medicine degree from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry; and his master of business administration in health administration (with honors) from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. While at Penn, he was a former Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar and Medical Director of a nine physician faculty group practice in general internal medicine.

About the Mayers Endowed Lecture Series

Stanley P. Mayers Jr., co-founder of Penn State’s undergraduate program in the Department of Health Policy and Administration (HPA), retired after a distinguished 26 year career with Penn State. During that time, Mayers served as HPA department head, associate dean for undergraduate studies, and associate dean for academic studies in the College of Health and Human Development. He brought extensive experience in public health and critical perspectives on the role of medicine in society to his students and colleagues.

The Stanley P. Mayers Jr. Health Policy and Administration Excellence Endowment is aimed at enhancing students’ education and increasing faculty expertise in areas that will continue to honor Mayers’ contributions as a professor, administrator and philanthropist. The Endowment was initiated by Mayers, and has been enlarged by contributions from alumni, faculty and staff.

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Last Updated November 18, 2010