Dec. 4, 2020

Can Politicians Work Together for You?

Can Politicians Work Together for You?

Can Republicans and Democrats work together to help the chronic disease community? Former FDA Commissioner Dr. Mark McClellan predicts what healthcare challenges may benefit from bipartisan support in the new year. Plus, he offers his view on the future of the FDA. Terry and Dr. Bob review President-elect Biden’s cabinet picks, as Kate visits with patient advocate Kristina Wolfe about her fight for patient rights and handling advocacy burnout. 


Mark McClellan, MD, PhD, Director, Margolis Center for Health Policy at Duke University 

Mark McClellan, MD, PhD, is Director and Robert J. Margolis, MD, Professor of Business, Medicine and Policy at the Margolis Center for Health Policy at Duke University. He is a physician-economist who focuses on quality and value in health care, including payment reform, real-world evidence, and more effective drug and device innovation. Dr. McClellan is at the center of the nation’s efforts to combat the pandemic, and is the author of a roadmap that details the steps needed for a comprehensive COVID-19 response. 

He is the former administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and former commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, where he developed and implemented major reforms in health policy. Dr. McClellan is an independent director on the boards of Johnson & Johnson, Cigna, Alignment Healthcare, and PrognomIQ; co-chairs the Guiding Committee for the Health Care Payment Learning and Action Network; and serves as an advisor for Arsenal Capital Group, Blackstone Life Sciences, and MITRE.


Terry Wilcox, Executive Director, Patients Rising

Dr. Robert Goldberg, “Dr. Bob”, Co-Founder and Vice President of the Center for Medicine in the Public Interest.

Kate Pecora, Field Correspondent 


Mark McClellan, MD, PhD

Deploying Big Data to Determine How Well Vaccines Work

Kristina Wolfe

Patients Rising Concierge 

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