Institute of Medicine President to Lecture at Yale on Avian Flu

President of the Institute of Medicine Harvey V. Fineberg will present the keynote address for the 58th annual lecture sponsored by the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library Associates at Yale on April 19. 

The lecture “Preparing for Avian Influenza: Lessons from the Swine Flu Affair,” will begin at 4 p.m. in the Harkness Auditorium, Sterling Hall of Medicine, 333 Cedar Street.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony at 3 p.m. will mark the opening of a new exhibit “The Flu and You: Old and New Threats” produced by Martin E. Gordon, M.D., chair of the Board of Trustees of the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library Associates at Yale. A reception honoring Fineberg will be held at 5 p.m. following the lecture in the Medical Historical Library.

Fineberg has extensive experience in the fields of health policy and medical decision making. He helped found and served as president of the Society for Medical Decision Making. At the Institute of Medicine, he has chaired and served on a number of panels dealing with health policy.

Fineberg is the co-author of “Innovators in Physician Education, The Swine Flu Affair, and The Epidemic that Never Was,” an analysis of the controversial federal immunization program against swine flu in 1976. He has co-edited several books on topics such as AIDS prevention, vaccine safety, and understanding risk in society. He has also authored many professional journal articles. In 1988, he received the Joseph W. Mountain Prize from the Centers for Disease Control, and the Wade Hampton Frost Prize from the Epidemiology Section of the American Public Health Association.

Fineberg earned his bachelor’s and doctoral degrees from Harvard University. He served as Dean of the Harvard School of Public Health from 1984 to 1997 and more recently as Provost of Harvard University from 1997 to 2001.

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