4 doctors named White House fellows

NEWS IN BRIEF — Posted July 5, 2010

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Pat Basu, MD, on June 23 became the first radiologist to be named a White House fellow and special assistant to the president, according to the American College of Radiology. Dr. Basu, a resident at Stanford University and the Palo Alto VA Hospital in California, is joined as a fellow by three other physicians:

  • Dr. Harley Feldbaum, MPH, director of the Global Health and Foreign Policy Initiative at the Johns Hopkins Nitze School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, D.C.
  • Thomas Fisher Jr., MD, an emergency physician and assistant professor of medicine at the University of Chicago Medical School.
  • Sunny Ramchandani, MD, MPH, integrated chief of general internal medicine at the Walter Reed Medical Center in Washington, D.C. He is also a lieutenant commander in the U.S. Navy.

Fellows typically spend a year as full-time, paid assistants to senior White House staff, the vice president, cabinet secretaries and other top-ranking government officials, according to the White House. President Lyndon Johnson created the fellows program in October 1964. The 2010-11 program has 13 fellows.

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