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Cambridge, Mass. – Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) today announced the creation of the Jerome H. Grossman, M.D. Graduate Fellowship for physicians committed to shaping health care delivery policy in the U.S. The program seeks to build on the life and legacy of the late Dr. Grossman, who was head of the Kennedy School’s Health Care Delivery Policy Program from 2001-2008.
"With the country actively engaged in reining in the costs of delivering health care for all, our family is deeply committed to supporting the next generation of physicians who will carry on Jerry's work," said Dr. Grossman's wife, Barbara.
A gift of $1 million from the Grossman family will fund the Grossman Fellowship, covering tuition, fees, and stipends for licensed physicians or medical students admitted to pursue either the Master in Public Policy or Master in Public Administration degree at HKS. The program is intended to support 14 fellows over a period of eight years, and will encourage broader engagement through seminars, lectures, and symposia on the topic of health care delivery policy. HKS anticipates the inaugural Grossman Fellows will arrive on campus for the 2014-15 academic year.
“We are grateful to the Grossman family for their generosity,” said David Ellwood, the Scott M. Black Professor of Political Economy and Dean of HKS. “At an absolutely critical moment in health policy, the Grossman Fellowship will create exciting new opportunities for a cohort of Kennedy School students who are committed to improving health care outcomes through a powerful combination of medical expertise and a nuanced understanding of public policy.”
Over a career spanning 42 years, Dr. Grossman worked as a primary care physician, director of ambulatory care at Massachusetts General Hospital, CEO of Tufts Medical Center, and founder of two medical information technology companies, Meditech and Transition Systems Inc. Throughout his career, he remained committed to finding innovative ways to improve efficiency, ultimately improving care and reducing costs.