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|Rosemary A. Stevens, Ph.D., M.P.H.|
Social Medicine and Public Policy Program
Dewitt Wallace Distinguished Scholar
Department of Psychiatry
Weill Cornell Medical College
|Discipline: History; Public Health|
|Expertise: Organization of CarePhysician Practice Arrangements|
Specialization in American MedicineAward Year: 1997Dr. Stevens examines specialization in American medicine during the past 25 years in order to shed light on recent trends and choices for the future. She looks at the structure of the medical profession and its response to significant change by examining the evolving roles of the 24 specialty-certifying boards. The project focuses on several contexts of specialty practice and how they have changed. These include: the science base and conceptions of disease; the emergence of new specialist fields; the treatment of chronic illness and disabilities that cut across traditional specialty domains; rapid changes in the job market for physicians and reductions in payment for services under managed care; and the changing roles of generalists and specialists and the resulting tensions between them. Dr. Stevens hypothesizes that the boards are quietly changing their role in American medicine. Her work provides insights about the ways in which the medical profession is and might be structured.
Rosemary A. Stevens is a Dewitt Wallace Distinguished Scholar in the department of psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical College and a member of the National Advisory Committee of the Investigator Awards in Health Policy Research program. A health policy historian, Dr. Stevens has examined specialization in American medicine during the past 25 years, as well as the organization of care in the U.S., and physician practice arrangements.
Previously she was the Stanley I. Sheerr Professor in Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania, where she was a member of the department of history and sociology of science and a senior fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics. She was also chair of history and sociology of science and the first woman dean of the School of Arts and Sciences at Penn.
Dr. Stevens has an M.P.H. in health services administration and policy and a Ph.D. in epidemiology, both from Yale. She has held professorial positions at the Yale University Medical School and at Tulane University, where she served as chair of the department of health systems management.
Dr. Stevens has published seven books and numerous articles. She has won national awards in the history of medicine, history of public health, and health services research. She is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Stevens, R.A., The Public Private Health Care State: Essays on the History of American Health Care Policy. Transaction Publishers, 2007.
Stevens, R.A., Rosenberg, C.E., Burns, L.R. editors, History and Health Policy in the United States: Putting the Past Back In. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 2006.
Stevens, R.A., Medical Specialization as American Health Policy: Interweaving Public and Private Roles. In History and Health Policy in the United States: Putting the Past Back In, eds. Stevens, R.A., Rosenberg, C.E., Burns, L.R. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 2006.
Stevens, R.A., Specialization, Specialty Organizations, and the Quality of Health Care. In Policy Challenges in Modern Health Care, eds. Mechanic, D., Rogut, L., Colby, D., Knickman, J. Rutgers University Press, 2005.
Selected Journal Articles:
Stevens, R.A. Themes in the History of Medical Professionalism, Mt. Sinai J of Medicine, 2002, 69, 6, 357-62.
Stevens, R.A. Public Roles for the Medical Profession in the U.S.: Beyond Theories of Decline and Fall, Milbank Quarterly, 2001, 79, 3, 327-53, III.
Stevens, R.A. The Americanization of Family Medicine: Contradictions, Challenges, and Change, 1969-2000, Family Medicine, 2001, 33, 4, 232-43.
Stevens, R. We Need Medicare. Let's Figure Out How to Pay for It, Washington Post, Apr 4 1999, B2.