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Posted by medconsumers on June 10, 2003

Arthur A. Levin, MPH, Director, served as the consumer representative on the FDA Drug Safety and Risk Management Advisory Committee from its establishment in 2003 through May 2007. He continues to participate as a consumer expert on drug safety and risk management on FDA advisory panels by invitation. He is the only consumer member of the NY State Department of Health Healthcare Acquired Infection Reporting Workgroup and wrote the original legislation that mandated public HAI reporting in the state.

From 1998-2000, Levin served on the Institute of Medicine’s Committee on the Quality of Health Care in America, which issued the landmark report To Err is Human that garnered international attention for its depiction of medical errors as a leading cause of preventable death and injury in the U.S., as well as the Crossing the Quality Chasm Report that set the goals for reforming the nation’s healthcare system.

He has subsequently served on a number of IOM committees that have issued reports ranging from assessing the federal government efforts to improve patient safety in the health systems it manages, to reporting on the performance of the Office of the National Coordinator for Information Technology, to recommendations for establishing accountable national standards for the integrity of systematic evidence reviews and clinical guidelines. Most recently he was a member of the IOM committee advising the Secretary of Health and Human Services on how to allocate $400 million in stimulus money targeted for comparative effectiveness research.

Levin is a member of the National Quality Forums Consensus Standards Approval Committee and is co-chair of the National Committee for Quality Assurance Committee on Performance Measures. He also serves as a board member of the Foundation for Informed Medical Decision Making and is a member of the Centers for Education & Research on Therapeutics (CERTS) steering committee. He is founding member of the New York e Health Collaborative Board of Directors and serves on the board of THINC, a regional health information organization in the mid-Hudson Valley.

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