4 doctors named White House fellows
NEWS IN BRIEF — Posted July 5, 2010
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.
Note: This item originally appeared at http://www.ama-assn.org/amednews/2010/07/05/gvbf0705.htm.