Roosevelt House & the Hunter College Department of Public Health

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David Himmelstein & Steffie Woolhandler


The Reality of the Coronavirus Pandemic for the American Medical System



Thursday, April 16

Program begins at 6 p.m. with Introductory Remarks by Jonathan F. Fanton

Director of Roosevelt House Harold Holzer

Glass of wine (supplied by you at home) to follow


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Please join us for a virtual Roosevelt House event featuring two distinguished professors of public health, David Himmelstein and Steffie Woolhandler, to discuss the reality of the Coronavirus pandemic for the American medical system.

This will include an examination of the factors that contributed to the medical system’s unreadiness, the burden on hospitals to treat an ever-growing number of affected people, as well as the shortcomings of the health care delivery system that have been revealed (or re-revealed), and what potential medical breakthroughs, if any, might exist on the horizon.

David U. Himmelstein M.D. is a Distinguished Professor of Public Health at Hunter College, a Roosevelt House Faculty Associate, and a Lecturer in Medicine at Harvard Medical School, where he was previously a Professor of Medicine. He also serves as a staff physician at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx. He has authored or co-authored three books and more than 150 journal articles, including widely-cited proposals for single payer health care reform, studies of patient dumping, the high administrative costs of the U.S. health care system, medical bankruptcy (co-authored with Elizabeth Warren and Steffie Woolhandler), and the mortal consequences of uninsurance. He co-founded, with Dr. Steffie Woolhandler, Physicians for a National Health Program. 

Steffie Woolhandler, M.D., MPH is a Distinguished Professor of Public Health at Hunter College, a member of the Roosevelt House Public Policy Faculty Curriculum Committee, a primary-care doctor in the South Bronx, and a Lecturer in Medicine at Harvard Medical School, where she was formerly Professor of Medicine. She has published more than 150 journal articles, reviews, chapters, and books on health policy and is a leading advocate of non-profit national health insurance. Among her influential scholarly articles are studies on patient dumping, medical bankruptcy, waste in hospitals and in medicine more generally, and the lethality of being uninsured

Esteemed teachers, brilliant scholars, and front-line leaders in the field of public health, Professors Himmelstein and Woolhandler are known and admired nationally and around the world not only for their knowledge, research, and expertise, but also for their forceful activism for quality health care. They will be in conversation with the Director of Hunter’s Public Health Program, Philip Alcabes. Trained as an infectious-disease epidemiologist, Alcabes studied HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and other infections for many years. He now writes extensively about illness and health and teaches at Hunter College, where he is Professor of Public Health and Director of the bachelor's degree program in public health. He wrote the book, Dread: How Fear and Fantasy Fueled Epidemics from the Black Death to Avian Flu.

We hope you will be able to participate in this special evening.


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