The federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality today named six physician leaders to a panel on preventive medicine and primary care.
Bruce Nedrow (Ned) Calonge, M.D., chief medical officer of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and the state epidemiologist, was reappointed to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force and will serve as chairman. Calonge, an associate professor of family medicine and of preventive medicine and biometrics at the University of Colorado in Denver, has served on the task force for two years.
"We are very pleased to have Dr. Calonge assume the leadership of the Task Force," says AHRQ Director Carolyn Clancy, M.D., in a statement announcing the appointments. "He brings formidable expertise in public health at the state and national levels and a unique perspective in preventive medicine."
Calonge replaces as chairman Alfred Berg, M.D., professor and chair of the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Washington in Seattle, who is stepping down after leading the task force since 1996. Berg will continue as a member of the group for an additional year.
"Under Dr. Berg's expert eye and with his guidance, the panel has gained tremendous national and international recognition as the gold standard for clinical preventive services," Clancy says.
Other committee appointees are:
- Leon Gordis, M.D., an expert in epidemiology and pediatrics and a professor in the epidemiology and pediatrics departments at the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. He is co-director of the Center for Epidemiology and Policy in the Department of Epidemiology of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Gordis directs the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program at Johns Hopkins.
- Kimberly Gregory, M.D., the director of Maternal-Fetal Medicine and director of Women's Health Services Research at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. She is an associate professor at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA's Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology and at the UCLA School of Public Health's Department of Community Health Sciences.
- Diana Petitti, M.D., an expert in preventive medicine and director of research and evaluation at Kaiser Permanente of Southern California in Pasadena. She is a member the Institute of Medicine, New Approaches to Early Detection of Breast Cancer; the California Office of Statewide Planning on Health's Technical Advisory Committee; and the Kaiser Permanente National Research Council.
- Barbara Yawn, M.D., director of research at Olmsted Medical Center in Rochester, Minn., and an adjunct professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at the University of Minnesota. Yawn has served on numerous national and international panels, including co-chair of the 2003 NIH National Asthma Summit, as a member of the World Health Organization Primary Care Asthma Guidelines Committee, and as a member of the National Institutes of Health Think Tank.
The task force has made recommendations on a range of preventive services, including screening for obesity, prostate cancer and cervical cancer, as well as the use of aspirin to prevent heart disease, vitamins to prevent cancer and heart disease, and hormone therapy.
Upcoming recommendations are expected on screening for dental caries and coronary heart disease, among others.