Opening speech by Conference Chair Harvey Fineberg
President, Institute of Medecine of the National Academies, USA
Harvey V. Fineberg, MD, PhD, is President of the Institute of Medicine. He previously served Harvard University as Provost for 4 years and 13 years as Dean of the School of Public Health. He helped found and served as President of the Society for Medical Decision Making and has been a consultant to the World Health Organization. His research has included assessment of medical technology, evaluation of vaccines, and dissemination of medical innovations. At the Institute of Medicine, he has chaired and served on a number of panels dealing with health policy issues, ranging from AIDS to new medical technology. He currently chairs the boards of the Hewlett Foundation and the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He is the author or co-author of numerous books and articles on subjects including global health, prevention of disease, and increasing the quality, safety, and value obtained from health care.