Fifth Annual Langfitt Symposium
Biographical Sketches

Susan H. Adelman, MD            Robert L. Weinmann, MD

John T. Kelly, MD, PhD              Martin S. Gaynor, PhD

Arthur L. Caplan, PhD

Susan H. Adelman, MD
President, Physicians for Responsible Negotiations (PRN)
Member, Board of Trustees American Medical Association

Susan Hershberg Adelman MD, a pediatric surgeon from Detroit, Michigan, was elected to the American Medical Association (AMA) Board of Trustees in June 1998. Dr. Adelman was the first woman president of the Michigan State Medical Society (MSMS) and the Wayne County Medical Society. An AMA Delegate since 1991, she served on the Council on Medical Service and the Intracouncil Taskforce on Medicaid.

After an undergraduate degree in geology at the University of Michigan, where she was on the editorial staff of the Michigan Daily, Dr. Adelman attended Wayne State University School of Medicine. Her internship and surgery residency were at Henry Ford Hospital and pediatric surgery fellowship at Childrens Hospital of Michigan. After 20 years of private practice, she now is Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery, University of Michigan, and Chief of Pediatric Surgery at Oakwood Hospital.

Dr. Adelman's record of leadership and service in organized medicine started as a student, as cofounder of the Jeffries Community Health Center in inner city Detroit. Later she served on the Steering Committee of the Michigan Primary Sponsor Plan, a prototype Medicaid partial capitation plan. Dr. Adelman represented MSMS on the prestigious Michigan Leaders Health Care Group in 1990, and the AMA on the White House Health Professionals Review Group in 1993. Editor of the Detroit Medical News from 1981 to 1998, she wrote a popular monthly column in AMNews for 10 years.

A past board member of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan (BCBSM), Dr. Adelman led physician negotiations for the first statewide BCBSM physician contract in 40 years. As Medical Director for Coordinated Health Care, Inc., she worked on a Detroit Medical Center (DMC) joint venture with a major insurer, numerous HMO and PPO contracts, developed a credentialing and a utilization system, and was Vice-Chair of the Board for DMCCare.

In 1999, she was elected president of Physicians for Responsible Negotiations (PRN), a labor organization created by the AMA. She has been Chair of the AMA Surgical Caucus, president of the Organization of State Medical Association Presidents, served on the Advisory Committee on Women in Medicine, The Consortium on the Study of the Federation and the Health Policy Agenda. A past president of the Roy D. McClure Surgical Association, she is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) with a Certificate of Special Competence in Pediatric Surgery, is a member of the ACS Professional Liability Committee and is on the Board of the American Society of General Surgeons.

Dr. Adelman received numerous awards and has published over 40 articles, as well as over 300 columns and editorials. Dr. Adelman is a painter and sculptor, enjoys making jewelry and speaks several languages. Her husband Martin is a law professor, with a background in antitrust, specializing in intellectual property, and is editor of Patent Law Perspectives.


John T. Kelly, MD, PhD
Director, Physician Relations, Aetna U.S. Healthcare

Dr. John T. Kelly is a currently Physicians Relations Director at Aetna U.S. Healthcare (AUSHC), based in Blue Bell, Pennsylvania.  Earning his bachelors from Amherst College in 1970, Dr. Kelly went on to get a PhD in the history of science at Harvard University in 1977 and an MD in 1979. His post-graduate medical education consisted of an internal medicine residency at Children’s Hospital San Francisco and radiology at UCSF.
Dr. Kelly was president of U.S. Quality Algorithms, Inc., a subsidiary of AUSHC in 1998-99. During a stint in Atlanta, he served as Vice President and Director of Medical Affairs at the HBO & Company and Medical Director of the Center for Applied Clinical Informatics. For six years, Dr. Kelly served as Office of Quality and Utilization Management Director at the American Medical Association. Prior to this, he held several positions in public health in San Francisco.

Dr. Kelly is a member of the Aetna Foundation Board of Directors and the Director of Information Systems and Technology Working Group of the Academic Medicine and Managed Care Forum. Her served as a member of several health care industry board of directors, including National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), and served on the editorial boards of several journals, including Journal of Clinical Outcomes Management and The American Journal of Managed Care. He has also served on government panels, co-chairing the Advisory Committee for Cooperative Cardiovascular Project at the Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA) and serving on the Committee to Advise the Public Health Service on Medical Practice Guidelines for the Institute of Medicine (IOM). He served for four years in the 1990s on the Technical Advisory Committee for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Program for Improving the Quality of Hospital Care. He was the coordinator for the American Medical Association to Specialty Society Practice Parameters Forum, and was editor of QA Review for the AMA.

Dr. Kelly has held several academic appointments, including a current position as adjunct assistant professor of medicine with the associated faculty of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. From 1993 to 1995, he was a lecturer in at the University of Chicago Department of Medicine. Prior to that, he held an appointment as assistant clinical professor in the Division of Family and Community Medicine at UCSF.

Robert L. Weinmann, MD
President, Union of American Physicians and Dentists
Dr. Weinmann graduated from Yale University in 1957 and Stanford Medical School in 1962. He was a resident in neurology from 1963-66 at Stanford Medical Center and served at the 106th General Hospital, USAMC as a Captain from 1966-68. He has been in private practice in California since 1969.
Dr. Weinmann is a Diplomate member of the American Board of EEG and Neurophysiology (ABEN), American Academy of Pain Management (AAPM), American Board of Forensic Examiners (ABFE), and the American Board of Forensic Medicine (ABFM). He is a Fellow of the American College of Forensic Examiners (ACFE), and has been a Board Examiner (ABEN) since 1980. He served as President of the American Medical EEG Association from 1982-83.

Dr. Weinmann belongs to the American Academy of Clinical Electroencephalographers, American Academy of Pain Management, American College of Forensic Examiners, American Association for the Study of Headache, American Medical EEG Association, American Society for Clinical Evoked Potentials, California Medical Association, California Society of Industrial Medicine and Surgery, Industrial Claims Association, Santa Clara County Medical Association, and Wado Kai of the All Japan Karate-do Federation. He is a founding fellow of the American Academy of Clinical Electroencephalographers. He has served on the Santa Clara County Medical Association Insurance Review, Publications, Legislative, and Public Service committees.

In the past, he has served on the Editorial Board of Clinical Evoked Potentials (the official journal of the American Society for Clinical Evoked Potentials) and was Chairman of the Editorial Board for Clinical EEG (the official journal of the American Medical EEG Association. In addition, he served on the Editorial Board of the Journal of the American Academy of Pain Management; and as Editor of Bulletin of the Santa Clara County Medical Association (1975-80).

Lecturing on EEG, pain management, head injury, public policy on health care, and professional unions, Dr. Weinmann has appeared in the United States, Mexico, and Canada.

Dr. Weinmann was recognized by the State of Rhode Island in 1979 with an official citation for his work in the medical profession. In 1972, the Santa Clara County Epilepsy Society honored him with the Award for Outstanding Services. The Santa Clara County Medical Society gave him the Award from The Publications Committee for service from 1975-1980 for his work as Chairman of the Publications Committee and Editor of the Medical Society Bulletin. In 1997, the California Assembly awarded him a citation for his work to “ensure that physicians practice medicine under the best conditions possible and that they remain free from influences that would restrict them from providing top quality care for their patients.”

Dr. Weinmann is widely published on neurological and public policy issues, with articles appearing in Neurology, Clinical EEG, Journal of the American Medical Association, The Lancet, Headache Journal, Modern Medicine, The Business Journal, Mercury News, Phoenix Gazette, Oakland Tribune, San Francisco Examiner, Headache Quarterly, and California Medicine.

Dr. Weinmann testified before Congress in 1999 in support of physician unions and changing antitrust regulations to allow self-employed doctors to organize.

Martin Gaynor, PhD
E.J. Barone Chair in Health Systems Management and
Professor of Economics and Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon University

Martin Gaynor holds the E.J. Barone Chair in Health Systems Management and is Professor of Economics and Public Policy in the H. John Heinz III School of Public Policy and Management, the Department of Economics, and the Graduate School of Industrial Administration at Carnegie Mellon University.  Dr. Gaynor is also a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  He received the Ph.D. in Economics from Northwestern University in 1983, and a B.A. in Economics, cum laude, from the University of California, San Diego in 1977.  He has taught at Johns Hopkins University and a number of other universities and was a visitor at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in 1991.

Dr. Gaynor's research is focused on the economics of health care markets and health care organizations.  His research on health care markets concentrates on the restructuring of health care markets and implications for antitrust policy, competition in the hospital industry, vertical restraints in health care, the industrial organization of the physician services market, and the effects of information in markets for health services.  His research on the economics of health care organizations is focused on the determinants of the internal organization of medical group practices and the effects of these arrangements on group performance, and the determinants of hospital behavior and the consequent implications for performance.  This work has been published in the Journal of Political Economy, Rand Journal of Economics, Journal of Economic Perspectives, Handbook of Health Economics, Journal of Human Resources, Economics Letters, Journal of Economics and Management Strategy, Public Choice, and other scholarly publications.

Dr. Gaynor was awarded the 1996 Kenneth J. Arrow Award for best published article worldwide in health economics, and is a recipient of a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Investigator Award in Health Policy Research.  He is on the editorial boards of the American Economic Review, Health Services Research, the International Journal of Health Care Finance and Economics, and the University of Michigan Press series Studies in Health Economics and Policy and was a member of the Health Services Research Study Section of the Agency for Health Care Policy Research, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services from 1994-1998.

Arthur L. Caplan, PhD
Director, Center for Bioethics, University of Pennsylvania
Since 1994, Dr. Caplan has served as Director of the Center for Bioethics and Trustee Professor of Bioethics at the University of Pennsylvania. He is also Professor of Molecular and Cellular Engineering and Professor of Philosophy and Chief of the Division of Bioethics, University of Pennsylvania Medical Center. Dr. Caplan has lectured widely in the United States, Canada, Europe, Russia, and the Caribbean, He is a frequent commentator in the media including National Public Radio, Nightline, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, and Philadelphia Inquirer. In addition, he writes regular column on bioethics for MSNBC website.
Graduating from Brandeis University in 1971, Dr. Caplan received his doctorate in philosophy from Columbia University in 1979. Other professional positions included: Director, Center for Biomedical Ethics, University of Minnesota and, Professor of Philosophy and Professor of Surgery, University of Minnesota (1987-94); Associate Director, the Hastings Center (1985-87); Visiting Associate Professor, University of Pittsburgh (1986); Associate for the Humanities, the Hastings Center (1977-84); Instructor, Department of Medicine and School of Public Health, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons (1977-81).
Dr. Caplan serves as the Chairman for the Advisory Committee to the Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Food and Drug Administration on Blood Safety and Availability. He is also a member of the Boards of Celera Genomics, Medscape, National Center for Policy Research for Women and Families, National Disease Research Interchange.
In the past, he served as a member to the Presidential Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans' Illnesses, National Holocaust Museum, Clinton Health Care Task Force, Office of Technology Assessment of the United States Congress, American Association of Blood Banks, Minnesota Department of Health, American Foundation for AIDS Research, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, National Marrow Donor Program, Lifesource-Organ Procurement Organization, National Academy of Sciences-Institute of Medicine, and state legislatures of Pennsylvania, Minnesota, New York and New Jersey.
Dr. Caplan served as the First President to the American Association of Bioethics (1993-95). He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a Fellow of The Hastings Center, and a Fellow of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia. In 1995, he received the Brandeis University Alumni Achievement Award. In 1997, he was a Fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine, and in 1998, the American Medical Writers Association awarded him the McGovern Medal. Dr. Caplan has been the recipient of four honorary degrees from colleges and universities.

Dr. Caplan has published many books, including Ethics and Organ Transplants (1999), Am I My Brother’s Keeper? (1998), Due Consideration: Controversy in an Age of Medical Miracles (1997), Moral Matters (1995), Prescribing Our Future: Ethical Challenges in Genetic Counseling (1993), If I Were a Rich Man I Could Buy A Pancreas and Other Essays on Medical Ethics (1992), When Medicine Went Mad: Bioethics and the Holocaust (1992), Everyday Ethics: Resolving Dilemmas in Nursing Home Life (1990). He has also written more than 475 articles and reviews in professional journals in philosophy, medicine, health policy and the biological sciences. Articles have appeared in Science, New England Journal of Medicine, Nature, Lancet, Transplantation Proceedings, Hastings Center Report, Journal of the American Medical Association, American Zoologist, British Medical Journal, Annals of Internal Medicine, Ethics, and The Gerontologist.