Richard Krugman, M.D., vice chancellor for health affairs at the University of Colorado Denver and dean of the CU School of Medicine, joins a group of 15 other professionals in health care to be appointed to the new National Health Care Workforce Commission.
Gene L. Dodaro, acting comptroller general of the United States and head of the U.S. Government Accountability Office, announced the appointments last week.
"(The) appointees bring impressive expertise and professional credentials to their role of advising policymakers on ways to improve the health care work force which is so essential to ensuring the health and safety of the American people," Dodaro said.
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act created the commission to serve as a national resource for Congress, the president, and states and localities; to communicate and coordinate with federal departments; to develop and commission evaluations of education and training activities; to identify barriers to improved coordination at the federal, state and local levels and recommend ways to address them; and to encourage innovations that address population needs, changing technology and other environmental factors.
Krugman was the first director of the Colorado Area Health Education Center program and played a key role in starting rural health education and physician assistant training programs in Colorado. He is a professor of pediatrics and chairs the Special Interest Group on Health Care Education and the Oral Health Initiative at the Institute of Medicine. He formerly chaired the Council of Deans of the Association of American Medical Colleges and the U.S. Advisory Board on Child Abuse and Neglect. He received an A.B. degree from Princeton University and an M.D. from New York University.