Consumer Reports' Medical Advisory Board

Published: June 2013

The Consumer Reports Medical Advisory Board works with our writers, editors, and in-house health experts to review medical research and develop health care advice for our readers.

The members of the Advisory Board meet the standards we set for all of the work we do here: Expertise and independence. Each is a recognized and respected expert in his or her field, and each underwent a detailed interview to ensure they were free of financial conflicts of interest. That way you can be sure that the advice they give is what’s best for you as a patient, not what is best for the bottom line of drug companies, medical device makers, physicians, or hospitals.

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Specialization: Attending physician and director of the Center for Health Policy and Outcomes at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.

Interests: Health care policy, particularly as relates to Medicare, racial disparities in cancer care quality, and lung cancer epidemiology. His health care policy analysis includes investigations into Medicare’s approaches to cancer payment and developing models of alternative reimbursement, payment systems, and coverage policies.

Other: Served as Senior Adviser to the Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. He serves on several national committees, including the Institute of Medicine’s National Cancer Policy Forum, and the Committee on Performance Measurement of the National Committee on Quality Assurance. He is chairman of the Technical Expert Panel that is developing measures of cancer care quality for CMS. In addition to his works that have appeared in medical publications, Dr. Bach’s opinion pieces have appeared in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Forbes Online, and National Public Radio.

Specialization: Instructor of clinical pediatrics at Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago.

Interests: Subspecialty in the field of newborn care.

Other: She is a spokeswoman for the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Specialization: Professor and chairman in the Department of Clinical Pharmacy, School of Pharmacy at the University of California San Francisco, associate director of Pharmaceutical Services at the UCSF Medical Center.

Interests: Safe, effective, and appropriate use of antimicrobials, and the pharmacoepidemiology and pharmacokinetics of anti-infective agents.

Other: He serves as long-term editor of "Applied Therapeutics: The Clinical Use of Drugs" and the "Handbook of Applied Therapeutics."

Specialization: Board-certified NYC dermatologist specializing in medical, cosmetic, and surgical dermatology.

Other: Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology, a diplomat of the American Board of Dermatology, and a member of the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS). She serves on the Medical Council of the Skin Cancer Foundation and has been their spokeswoman.

Specialization: Director of Medical Nutrition and Nutrition Support Services at New York- Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center.

Interests: Feeding difficulties and nutrition support. His current research is focused on ways to attenuate the impact of systemic inflammation in chronic disease, such as occurs in patients on renal replacement therapy.

Other: He formerly served as chairman for physician board certification in Nutrition Support; physician nutrition specialist for 20 years.

Specialization: Vice chairman of the Department of Psychiatry and Director of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center. He is also an adjunct professor at the Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health.

Interests: Tourette's syndrome, psychopharmacology, and community-based participatory research with American Indian communities.

Other: He serves as chairman of the Medical Advisory Board of the USA Tourette's Syndrome Association and serves on the Scientific Advisory boards of the Trichotillomania Learning Center and the Anxiety Disorder Association of America. Dr. Walkup is the author of articles and book chapters on mood and anxiety disorders.

Specialization: Henry A. Thiede professor and chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Rochester School of Medicine.

Interests: He has authored or co-authored more than 140 articles on maternal-fetal medicine, maternal drug addiction, complications of pregnancy, and clinical research.

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