Jerome P. Kassirer, MD

Jerome P. Kassirer, a native of Buffalo, NY, graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Buffalo School of Medicine in 1957. He trained in Internal Medicine at Buffalo General Hospital and in Nephrology at the New England Medical Center in Boston.  He joined the faculty of Tufts University School of Medicine in 1961, was named Professor of Medicine in 1974, and was the Sara Murray Jordan Professor of Medicine from 1987 to 1991.  From 1971 to 1991 he was Associate Physician-in-Chief of the New England Medical Center and Vice Chairman of the Department of Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine.  Dr. Kassirer served as Editor-in-Chief of the New England Journal of Medicine between 1991 and 1999. He is currently Distinguished Professor and Senior Assistant to the Dean at Tufts University School of Medicine, and Professor Adjunct of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.

Dr. Kassirer has published numerous original research and clinical studies, textbook chapters and books on nephrology (in particular, acid-base equilibrium), medical decision making, and the diagnostic process. He was a co-founder and co-editor of Nephrology Forum in the journal Kidney International and of Clinical Problem Solving in Hospital Practice until 1991.

Dr. Kassirer was elected to AOA as a student and was named the AOA Distinguished Clinical Teacher of the Year in 1989. He is a Master of the American College of Physicians and has received the College’s John Phillips Award. He was named Distinguished Alumnus by the School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University at Buffalo and has received the Distinguished Faculty Award from Tufts University School of Medicine and the Distinguished Service Award of the Alumni Association of Tufts University. He has six honorary degrees, including one from L’Universite Rene Descartes in Paris. He is an honorary member of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Innere Medizin.

He serves on the Board of Directors of the National Committee for Quality Assurance, the Editorial Board of the Canadian Medical Association Journal, and the Scientific Publishing Committee of the American Heart Association.

Dr. Kassirer has served on the American College of Physicians’ Board of Governors and Board of Regents, chaired the National Library of Medicine’s Board of Scientific Counselors, and is a past Chairman of the American Board of Internal Medicine. He has been elected to the Association of American Physicians, the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

In editorials in the New England Journal of Medicine, and in multiple publications since, he has promoted professionalism, ethical scientific conduct, patient involvement in decision making, appropriate use of firearms, and reliable approaches to the assessment of the quality of health care. He was been highly critical of for-profit medicine, the abuses of managed care, political intrusions into medical decisions, and financial conflicts of interest. His latest book, about financial conflict of interest in medicine, “On The Take: How Medicine’s Complicity With Big Business Endangers Your Health,” was published by Oxford University Press in October, 2004.