NEWS | December 15, 2017

Integrity in medicine: Former New England Journal of Medicine editor to speak in Sacramento

(SACRAMENTO, Calif.)

Jerome Kassirer, an influential physician and advocate for separating commerce and medicine, will speak in Sacramento as the UC Davis Health Snively Visiting Professor in Family and Community Medicine.

Jerome Kassirer of Tufts and Stanford universities will speak in Sacramento on January 9. <em>(Photo credit: Tufts University.)</em> Jerome Kassirer of Tufts and Stanford universities will speak in Sacramento on January 9. (Photo credit: Tufts University.)

His presentation, titled “Three Personal Stories, their Unanticipated Outcomes and their Revelations for Academic Medicine,” is Tuesday, Jan. 9, at 5:30 p.m., with a reception at 5 p.m. Both events are in Betty Irene Moore Hall, Room 1000, located at 2570 48th Street in Sacramento. Parking is available in Lot 17 at 48th Street and 2nd Avenue. The lecture and reception are free and open to the public, and reservations are requested via Eventbrite.

About the speaker

Kassirer, an acclaimed nephrologist, clinical researcher and voice for highest ethical standards in medical practice, is a professor at Tufts University School of Medicine and visiting professor at Stanford University.

For most of the 1990s, Kassirer was editor-in-chief of the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine, where he added features to increase reader engagement and authored editorials on topics such as restricting firearms, assessing quality in health care, the risks of for-profit medicine and involving patients in medical decisions. His ouster from that post continues to be a source of controversy and discussion in medicine.

In addition to his most recent book, "Unanticipated Outcomes: A Medical Memoir," Kassirer has published three others, including "On The Take: How Medicine’s Complicity With Big Business can Endanger Your Health."

“As an editor, Dr. Kassirer raised unsettling questions about the ethical grounds of many clinical and research practices,” said Joshua Fenton, the UC Davis professor of family and community medicine who invited Kassirer to Sacramento. “He will share vital insights regarding current challenges facing the American health system and academic medicine.”

Kassirer graduated from the University of Buffalo School of Medicine and trained in internal medicine at Buffalo General Hospital and in nephrology at the New England Medical Center in Boston. He also has several honorary degrees, including one from L’Université Rene Descartes in Paris.

About the Snively Visiting Professorship

George Snively was chair of the UC Davis Department of Family and Community Medicine during the formative years of the family medicine discipline. The visiting professorship was established following his death to honor his outstanding leadership, passion for training the next generation of primary care clinicians, and dedication to providing the community with opportunities to hear from leading minds in health care.

More information about UC Davis Health and its Department of Family and Community Medicine is at health.ucdavis.edu.