The Informed Medical Decisions Foundation’s co-founders are still involved with the Foundation and support the organization’s efforts on various fronts.
Al is a leader in the science and application of shared decision making, and other forms of collaboration between clinicians and patients. He is the director of the Dartmouth Center for Health Care Delivery Science and associate professor of medicine and health policy at Harvard Medical School. He previously served as chief of the General Medicine Division and director of the Medical Practices Evaluation Center at Massachusetts General Hospital. Al earned MD and MPP degrees from Harvard Medical School and the Kennedy School of Government, respectively, before completing his clinical training at Massachusetts General Hospital.
Throughout four decades of work, Jack has documented the geographic variation in the health care that patients in the United States receive. In 1988 he founded the Center for Evaluative Clinical Services (CECS), now called The Dartmouth Center for Health Policy and Clinical Practice (TDI), at Dartmouth Medical School. He is the Peggy Y. Thomson Professor Emeritus in the Evaluative Clinical Sciences at Dartmouth, and has been a professor in the department of community and family medicine since 1980 and in the department of medicine since 1989. Together with his colleagues, Jack has produced the Dartmouth Atlas of Health Care, a series of reports on how health care is used and distributed in the United States, and he recently published the book Tracking Medicine: A Researcher's Quest to Understand Healthcare. He holds a MD from McGill University Faculty of Medicine and a MPH from John Hopkins University.