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James J. Mongan

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James J. Mongan, MD, professor of health care policy and of social medicine at Harvard Medical School, died May 3 at the age of 69. From 1991 until his death, Dr. Mongan served as a member of the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured. He was on the boards of the American Hospital Association and the Kaiser Family Foundation, and was a member of the Prospective Payment Assessment Commission established by Congress and of the Institute of Medicine's Commission on the Consequences of Uninsurance.

Dr. Mongan earned his MD at Stanford University School of Medicine. He completed internship at Kaiser Foundation Hospital in San Francisco and served two years in the public health service. He served for seven years on the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance, where he worked to formulate Medicare and Medicaid legislation before serving as Deputy Assistant Secretary for health policy in the Department of Health, Education and Welfare. He subsequently served as associate director for health on the domestic policy staff and as assistant surgeon general during the Carter administration.

Prior to joining Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) in 1996 as president, Dr. Mongan served 15 years as Executive Director of the Truman Medical Center in Kansas City and as Dean of …

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