NIMHD DSS: Dr. Martin Shapiro

Co-Sponsored by NIH Outcomes and Effectiveness Research Interest Group

A Broken System: American Health Care Needs Combination Therapy

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Martin Shapiro, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor of Medicine
Weill Cornell Medical College

Virtual seminar conducted
December 7, 2023
2:30 – 4:00 p.m. ET

NIH Videocast

Presentation Objectives

  • The commodification of health care and health—treating them as goods for exchange in the marketplace—is pervasive in American health care, affecting the behavior of clinicians, clinical corporations, medical schools, manufacturers, insurers, investors, patients, governments, and scientists.
  • All these groups possess unique attitudes, values, expectations, perceived needs, competencies, interests, and understandings of what health care has to offer. These many factors contribute to their behavior in health care and perspectives on potential change.
  • Problematic communication across these groups worsen problems in the health care system and make it harder to find solutions.
  • The interaction of commodification, consciousness, and communication practices present formidable barriers to needed changes in health care. Efforts to change the system need to take on all these challenges if they are to be successful.

Dr. Martin Shapiro, Professor of Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College, is a general internist who has practiced both inpatient and outpatient general internal medicine. He is also a health services researcher who has studied accessibility of care and health disparities, scientific misconduct, pharmaceutical advertising, and scientific authorship, among other topics.

Dr. Shapiro is an elected member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation and the Association of American Physicians and a past president of the Society of General Internal Medicine. He enjoys mentoring students, residents, fellows, and junior faculty members. His additional roles at Weill Cornell include associate director of the T32 program in primary care research and exploratory adviser in their medical student research program. Go to Dr. Shapiro's full bio

Seminar Logistics

  • The seminar will be videocast and available on this page and in the NIH Video archives after the presentation.
  • Sign language interpreters will be provided upon request.
  • Individuals who need reasonable accommodation to participate should contact Edgar Dews (phone: 301-402-1366) at least five business days before the event.

Page updated Dec. 22, 2023  |  published Nov. 3, 2023