Rudy picks Bay Area brains on health care

Three of the five health care policy advisors named today by Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani are from the Bay Area.

kessler.jpgDaniel Kessler is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and a professor at the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University, where he teaches courses on economics, public policy, and the health care industry. Among his recent publications are, with Mark McClellan, “The Effect of Hospital Ownership on Medical Productivity” and “Designing Hospital Antitrust Policy to Promote Social Welfare.” He is also a co-author of “Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise: Five Steps to a Better Health Care System.” He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a J.D. from Stanford Law School.

atlas.jpgDr. Scott Atlas is a senior fellow by courtesy at the Hoover Institution and a professor of radiology and chief of neuroradiology at Stanford University Medical School. His research includes free market solutions to health care and looking at the effects of technology-based innovations in medicine. Earlier, Atlas was on the faculty of the University of California at San Francisco, the University of Pennsylvania, and Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City. Among his recent publications are “Relationship between HMO Market Share and the Diffusion and Use of Advanced MRI Technologies,” and “Power to the Patient: Selected Health Care Issues and Policy Solutions.” Atlas has been named by his peers in The Best Doctors in America every year since its initial publication, The Best Doctors in New York, Silicon Valley’s Best Doctors, and Top 500 Doctors in the Bay Area. He holds a B.S. in biology from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign and an M.D. from the University of Chicago School of Medicine.

pipes.jpgSally Pipes is president and CEO of the Pacific Research Institute, a conservative San Francisco-based think tank founded in 1979. Prior to becoming president in 1991, she was assistant director of the Fraser Institute in Vancouver, Canada. She writes, speaks, and gives invited testimony on health care issues; Hillsdale College published her essay on health care reform in the 2006 edition of Champions of Freedom, part of a volume on “Entrepreneurship and the Spirit of America.” Pipes serves on the Medical Advisory Council of Genworth Capital’s Long-term Care Insurance Division and on the board of advisors of the San Francisco Lawyers Chapter of the Federalist Society. She was a member of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s transition team in 2003-04. In 2005, Pipes was named one of the Top 10 Women in the Conservative Movement in America as published by Human Events.

The other advisers named today are Dr. David Gratzer, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute and author of “The Cure: How Capitalism Can Save American Health Care;” and Donald Moran of The Moran Company health care research and consulting firm, a former U.S. Office of Management & Budget official under President Ronald Reagan.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.