The Archives: FEST 2012

Alan Bernstein Distinguished Lecture Recipient

About Dr. Harvey Fineberg

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 also served as a member of the Public Health Council of Massachusetts (1976-1979), as Chairman of the Health Care Technology Study Section of the National Center for Health Services Research (1982-1985), and as President of the Association of Schools of Public Health (1995-1996). He is the author or co-author of numerous books and articles on subjects ranging from AIDS prevention to medical education. Dr. Fineberg holds four degrees from Harvard, including the MD and PhD in Public Policy.

Lecture Abstract

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) serves as an adviser on policy and practice to improve health. Different studies conducted by the IOM vary greatly in their impact. Analytical excellence alone is no guarantee that a study will be influential. This presentation reviews the experience of the IOM with the aim of extracting lessons about ways to make evidence-based, analytic studies both excellent and influential on policy.