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Columbia: Health Policy Expert Michael Sparer to Deliver 2019 Duncan Clark Lecture at New York Academy of Medicine

Dr. Michael S. Sparer was named the keynote speaker for the 2019 Duncan Clark Lecture at the New York Academy of Medicine (NYAM). The annual lecture is named for former academy president and trustee, Dr. Duncan W. Clark, who was an American public health expert and preventive medicine specialist.

Dr. Sparer’s lecture is titled “The Politics of ‘Single-Payer’ (And the Quest for an American Version of Universal Health Insurance).” In his talk, Dr. Sparer considers the politics of these single-payer proposals, at the national and state level, while also summarizing his own views on the best path forward for an American version of universal health coverage.

A professor and chair of health policy and management at Columbia University  Mailman School of Public Health, Dr. Sparer studies and writes about the politics of health care, with a particular emphasis on the health insurance and health delivery systems for low-and-middle income populations. His current projects include a study of efforts to enact “public option” insurance programs, the impact of federalism on the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, and the rise (and demise) of non-profit insurance “cooperatives.” He is a two-time winner of the Mailman School’s Student Government Association Teacher of the Year Award, recipient of a Columbia University Presidential Award for Outstanding Teaching, and a two-time winner of the Core Curriculum Teaching Excellence Award. Dr. Sparer is the former editor of the Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law, and author of Medicaid and the Limits of State Health Reform, as well as numerous articles and book chapters.

Dr. Sparer’s lecture is followed by a “fireside chat” with Dr. Elizabeth Fowler, of the Commonwealth Fund, and moderated by Ms. Kerry Griffin of NYAM.

Register here for the November 12 lecture.

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