Kaiser Family Foundation named a new board chairwoman: Sheila Burke, deputy secretary at the Smithsonian Institution and once chief of staff for former Sen. Bob Dole. Burke, 54, replaces Gerald Rosberg, vice president for business development at The Washington Post. Rosberg is leaving the foundation's board after two four-year terms, the maximum allowed. Burke, an active member of the foundation's board since 2000, was trained as a registered nurse. She is a member of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission, an adjunct faculty member at Georgetown University's School of Nursing and former executive dean at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government. Clyde Behney, deputy director at the Institute of Medicine, said Burke is skilled at diplomacy and has successfully worked with a wide range of professionals. She is chairing an IOM committee charged with assessing how well the FDA tracks drug safety. "It's a highly controversial and highly sensitive subject," Behney said. -- by Matthew DoBias
Kaiser Family Foundation selects board chairwoman
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