Marjorie A. Bowman, MD MPA

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Emeritus Professor of Family Medicine and Community Health
Department: Family Medicine and Community Health

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Department of Family Medicine and Community Health
University of Pennsylvania Health System
3400 Spruce Street/2 Gates
Philadelphia, PA 19104-4283
Office: 21566-23346
Fax: 215-662-3591
B.S. (Pre-med/med)
Penn State University, 1974.
Jefferson Medical College, 1976.
University of Southern California, 1983.
M.A. (Honorary)
University of Pennsylvania, 1996.

Bishop/American Council on Education Fellowship, 2005.

Wharton Academic Medicine Leadership Program, 2007.
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Description of Research Expertise

health behavior change
physician behavior
public health
women's health
health manpower

Description of Clinical Expertise

family medicine
general preventive medicine and public health
women's health including menopause

Description of Other Expertise

Dr. Marjorie Bowman, Professor and Founding Chair of the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, leads the Center of Public Health Initiatives, with the support of a Steering Committee comprised of individuals from the lead schools and the Centers and Institutes most involved with public health related activities. Dr. Bowman is dual board-certified in family medicine and public health and general preventive medicine. In addition to her medical degree, Dr. Bowman has a Masters in Public Administration degree, and previously worked in the Department of Health and Human Services in health policy work, and as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Public Health Services. Since arriving at Penn as the first woman chair of a clinical department in the School of Medicine, and as a founder of the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, she has led the Department to one with over 40,000 outpatient visits in two offices in West Philadelphia, and championed education and research in family, preventive and community medicine within the university.

The Provost announced this university center in early 2007. This is an important time in Public Health. There is an urgent need for well-trained public health professionals who can think broadly, considering the social, behavioral, cultural and environmental determinants of health, and who can address new areas of Public Health competencies, such as informatics, genomics, communication, cultural competence, community-based participatory research, global health, policy and law, and public health ethics, areas of particularly strength at the University of Pennsylvania. Penn has many interested faculty and a burgeoning Masters of Public Health Program as an underpinning to the new Center. There are over 100 faculty members at the University whom have been trained in or spend a significant amount of their time in research or education on public health issues.

The Masters of Public Health Degree was initiated in 2002, under the distinguished direction of its founding Program Director, Dr. Shiriki Kumanyika, a world expert on obesity and health disparities. She is a member of the Executive Board of the American Public Health Association. The University of Pennsylvania Graduate Program in Public Health Studies was established as a university-wide interdisciplinary collaboration among eight schools, including faculty from the Schools of Medicine, Nursing Arts and Sciences, Social Policy and Practice, Veterinary Medicine, Education, Wharton and Dental Medicine. The program received national accreditation by the Council on Education for Public Health in 2006.

Penn’s MPH program is unique in its structure, a collaboration of multiple schools within the University, one of the few of its kind in the United States. The program emphasizes interdisciplinary education in public health for professionals, drawing on the many strengths of the institution. The program has grown rapidly, and the University has recognized its need for a stronger administrative structure for the MPH degree while simultaneously advancing the many public health aspects of the educational, research and community programs of its multiple colleges and schools.

The expanding needs in public health are obvious. In the United States, in spite of large amounts of spending on individualized health care, the increases in life expectancy in the past century are primarily related to public health achievements, including the control infectious diseases such as typhoid and cholera through decontamination of water, widespread vaccination programs, fluoridation of water to reduce dental caries, and, more recently, through increased motor vehicle safety. Yet, our improvements in life expectancy have slowed, and we need to address our new threats and opportunities.

Many of these same advances in the United States have not been adequately addressed globally, and the world’s population continues to be challenged by many health plagues, including infectious illnesses and malnourishment. Violence affects all. Meantime, the United States is facing rising rates of chronic diseases, many fueled by the obesity epidemic, ongoing racial and ethnic disparities, poverty, and a lack of health insurance in the face of plenty. In other words, the United States spends the most of any country on health care, but emphasizes care of certain individuals over the health of the population

Selected Publications

Mao J, Bowman MA, Stricker C, DeMichele A, Jacobs L, Chan D, Armstrong K: Delivery of survivorship care by primary care physicians: The perspective of breast cancer patients. J Clin Onc 2009 Notes: DOI: 10.1200/JCO.2008.18.0679.

Bowman M, Rubenstein A, Levine A: Clinical Revenue Investment in Biomedical Research: Lessons from Two Academic Medical Centers. JAMA(297), 2521-2524, 2007.

Bowman MA, Neale AV: Globalization, the Underserved, and Poverty: An Interactive and Deadly Triad. J Am Board Fam Med 20: 507-509, 2007 Notes: DOI: 10.3122/jabfm.2007.06.070192.

Kumanyika SK, Shults J, Fassbender J, Whitt MC, Brake V, Kallan MJ, Iqbal N, Bowman MA: Outpatient weight managements in African Americans: The Healthy Eating and Lifestyle Program (HELP)Study. Preventive Medicine 41: 488-502, 2005 Notes: erratum appears in Prev Med 2006;42(5):397.

Neale AV, Schwartz Kl, Bowman MA: Conflict of interest: Can we minimize its influence in the biomedical literature? Editorial. J Am Board Fam Pract 18: 411-413, 2005 Notes: Won Bronze Award for Best Signed Editorial fromthe American Socity of Healthcare Publication Editors.

Ebell MH, Siwek J, Weiss BD, Woolf SH, Susman J, Ewigman B, Bowman M: Strength of Recommendation Taxonomy(SORT): A patient centered approach to grading evidence in the medical literature. Am Fam Phys 69(3): 548-556, 2004 Notes: Also reprinted in several other journals.

Bowman MA, Allen DI: Women in Medicine: Life and Career Management(Italian Translation of 3rd Edition). 2004.

Martic JC, Avant RF, Bowman MA, Bucholtz JR, et al: The future of family medicine: A collaborative project of the family medicine community. Annals Fam Med 2: S3-32, 2004.

Bowman MA, Pearle DL: Changes in drug prescribing patterns related to commercial company funding of continuing medical education. J Cont Educ Health Prof 8: 13-20, 1988.

Bowman MA, Allen DI: Women in Medicine: Life and Career Management. Springer-Verlag, New York, 2002 Notes: Stress and Women Physicians (3rd edition) retitled; reviewed in multiple publications, including JAMA and NEJM.

NIH Consensus Development Panel on Acupuncture. JAMA 280(17): 1518-1524, 1998 Notes: panel member, November 3-5, 1997.

Bowman MA, Russell NK, Boekeloo BO, Rafi IZ, Rabin DL: The effect of educational preparation on physician performance with a sexually transmitted disease - simulated patient. Arch Int Med 152(9): 1823-1828, 1992.

Bowman MA, Fredman L, English DK, Rabin DL, Sardeson K, Taggart VS, Bandemer C: Screening for sexually transmitted diseases by primary care physicians. South Med J 84(3): 294-298, 1991 Notes: Abstracted in Current Opinion in Infectious Diseases & Abstracted in Yearbook of Family Practice 1992;126-127.

Gonzalez-Willis A, Rafi I, Boekeloo B, Bowman M, Sardeson K, Taggart V, Burnett R, Rabin D: Using simulated patients to train physicians in sexual risk assessment and risk reduction. Acad Med September Supplement 65(9): S7-S8, 1990.

Bowman MA, Allen DI: Stress and Women Physicians(Japanese Translation of 1st Edition). Springer-Verlag, 1990.

Bowman MA, Allen DI: Stress and Women Physicians (2nd Edition). Springer-Verlag, New York, 1990.

Glazier MG, Bowman MA: A review of the evidence for the use of phytoestrogens as a replacement for traditional estrogen replacement therapy. Arch Intern Med 161: 1161-1172, 2001.

Boekeloo BO, Marx ES, Kral AH, Coughlin SC, Bowman M, Rabin DL: Frequency and thoroughness of STD/HIV risk assessment by physicians in a high risk metropolitan area. Am J Public Health 81(12): 1645-1648, 1991.

Fredman L, Rabin DL, Bowman MA, Bandemer CJ, Taggart V, Sardeson K, English DK: Primary care physicians' assessment and prevention of HIV infection. Am J Prev Med 5(4): 188-195, 1989.

Yearkbook of Family Practice. Bowman MA (eds.). Mosby, 2000 Notes: Editor, Bowman MA, 2000-

Bowman MA, Dignan M, Crandall S, Baier M: Changes in functional status related to health maintenance visits to family physicians. J Fam Pract 49(5): 428-433, 2000.

Bowman MA: Family physicians: supply and demand. Public Health Rep 104(3): 286-293, 1989.

Bowman M, Gross ML: Overview of research on women in medicine—issues for public policymakers. Public Health Rep 101: 513-521, 1986.

Bowman MA, Allen DI: Stress and Women Physicians (1st Edition). Springer-Verlag, New York, 1985.

Bowman MA: The impact of drug company funding on the content of continuing medical education. Möbius 6: 66-69, 1986.

Bowman MA, Katzoff JM, Garrison LP, Jr, Wills J: Estimates of physician requirements for 1990 for the specialties of neurology, anesthesiology, nuclear medicine, pathology, physical medicine and rehabilitation, and radiology. A further application of the GMENAC methodology. JAMA 250: 2623-2627, 1983.

Bowman M: The impact of federal funding on family practice residency programs. Fam Med 16: 43-46, 1984.

Bowman MA, Walsh WB, Jr.: Perspectives on the GMENAC report. Health Affairs 1: 55-66, 1982.

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