Noted Public Health Expert Arthur Kellermann Joins RAND; Will Lead RAND'S Public Health Research Program

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Wednesday
January 13, 2010

Dr. Arthur Kellermann, one of the nation's leading public health and emergency medicine researchers, has been appointed to the RAND Corporation's Paul O'Neill Alcoa Professorship in Policy Analysis, RAND President and CEO James A. Thomson announced today.

Kellermann will be based in RAND's Washington D.C. office and will spearhead the RAND RAND Public Health Systems and Preparedness initiative, which has played a leading role in helping state and federal agencies improve the nation's preparedness for public health emergencies and bolster other aspects the nation's public health system.

"We are excited and honored to have Art Kellermann join our staff to further RAND's important work in improving the nation's public health systems," Thomson said. "He is one of the nation's leading public health researchers and we expect that under his leadership our involvement in this important area will continue to grow."

Kellermann is professor and founding chairman of the department of emergency medicine at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta and founding director of the Center for Injury Control at Emory's Rollins School of Public Health, a collaborating center for injury and violence prevention of the World Health Organization. He also is the medical school's first associate dean for health policy.

He has published research articles on various aspects of emergency cardiac care, health services research, injury prevention and the role of emergency departments in the provision of health care to the poor. Kellermann also has conducted important research on the epidemiology and prevention of firearm-related violence.

A member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies, Kellermann co-chaired the Institute's Committee on the Consequences of Uninsurance, which issued six reports on this topic. He played key roles on the Institute's Committee on the Future of Emergency Care in the U.S. Health System and the Institute's Committee on the Effectiveness of National Biosurveillance Systems: BioWatch and the Public Health System.

Kellermann holds career achievement awards for excellence in science from the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine, and the Injury Control and Emergency Health Services Section of the American Public Health Association. As a 2006-2007 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellow, he joined the professional staff of the United States House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform in Washington, D.C. In 2007, he was presented with the John G. Wiegenstein Leadership Award by the American College of Emergency Physicians, the group's highest award.

Kellermann succeeds Dr. Nicole Lurie, who left RAND to become assistant secretary for preparedness and response in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The Paul O'Neill Alcoa Professorship in Policy Analysis was established in December 2000 as O'Neill was completing his services as chairman of the board of Alcoa and as chairman of the RAND board of trustees. Alcoa is the world's leading producer of primary aluminum. The Alcoa Foundation, working in 26 countries, is a global resource actively investing in improving the quality of life in Alcoa communities worldwide.

RAND Health, a division of the RAND Corporation, is the nation's largest independent health policy research program, with a broad research portfolio that focuses on quality, costs and health services delivery, among other topics. RAND Health is the developer of COMPARE (Comprehensive Assessment of Reform Efforts), a one-of-a-kind online resource that provides objective analysis about national health care reform proposals. Visit www.randcompare.org to learn more.

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