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Christine Cassel, MD

Senior Advisor, Strategy and Policy

University of California San Francisco

Christine K. Cassel is an internist and geriatrician. She is also the senior advisor for strategy and policy in the Department of Medicine at UCSF, where she is working on biomedical ethics and the role of technology in healthcare, including the use of patient data in big data applications such as artificial intelligence. Prior to coming to UCSF in 2018, Dr. Cassel served as planning dean for the new Kaiser Permanente School of Medicine. From 2013 to 2016, she was president/CEO of the National Quality Forum. Prior to that, she served as president/CEO of the American Board of Internal Medicine and the ABIM Foundation.

Dr. Cassel was one of 20 scientists serving former President Barack Obama on the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology. She is a leading expert in geriatrics and policy for an aging society, in bioethics, and in professional standards and quality of care. In her academic career she has served as dean of the School of Medicine at Oregon Health and Sciences University, as chairman of the Department of Geriatrics and Adult Development at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, and as chief of General Internal Medicine at the University of Chicago. Among her many professional achievements and honors, Dr. Cassel was elected to membership of the National Academy of Medicine in 1992. She was the first woman to be president of the American College of Physicians and, subsequently, first woman chair of the American Board of Internal Medicine. She has served as chair of the board of the Greenwall Foundation, a national foundation for bioethics, was president of the American Federation for Aging Research, and was a member of the Advisory Committee to the Director at the National Institutes of Health. She currently advises several startup companies using information science to advance healthcare quality. She has received numerous honorary degrees and is a fellow of the Royal Colleges of Medicine of the United Kingdom and Canada. She is author of over 200 articles and author or editor of 11 books, including one of the leading textbooks in geriatric medicine and Medicare Matters: What Geriatric Medicine Can Teach American Health Care.


Leadership Insights: When Wellness Meets Work – Addressing Clinician Burnout Through System-Level Change

Presented by Christine Cassel, MD, Sharon C. Kiely, MD, FACP, Fayola Edwards-Ojeba, MD at 1:30 PM on Monday, April 11th.

Join top physician leaders to discuss the current surge of clinician burnout and explore strategies for moving beyond preventing burnout to enhancing wellness. Panelists will share strategies to address this systemic issue and discuss the importance of system-level policy changes that begins in training programs as a means to tackling this important challenge. Learning Objectives:…