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About Dr. Magee

Note: The extensive archives of Dr. Mike Magee's popular Internet based program, Health Politics with Dr. Mike Magee, have now been made available to Access Excellence and are being provided to AE users based on their classroom relevance and other criteria.

Mike Magee, MD., is a physician, speaker and author known for his leadership in connecting health and environmental issues, corporate social responsibility and championing a holistic vision for health system reform in the U.S.

He is the author of eight books, including "Health Politics: Power, Populism and Health," "The Best Medicine," "The Book of Choices," "Positive Leadership," "All Available Boats," "Positive Doctors in America," "Health Politics: Power, Populism and Health," and "Healthy Homes."

He launched "Health Commentary" in 2007 after several years as host of the popular multimedia program Health Politics with Dr. Mike Magee which included a weekly video examining megatrends and "hidden stories" in health care. The award-winning program produced more than 180 videos on topics ranging from obesity to global warming for an audience of more than 200,000 subscribers. A number of these programs are available through the Access Excellence web site.

In his role as host of Health Politics, Dr. Magee articulated a new vision of health populism—advocating a system in which "the people and the people caring for the people" have equal responsibilities and are vested together in health outcomes. Dr. Magee continues to share his views on these topics at HealthCommentary.com.

In 2006, Dr. Magee started the Healthy Waters initiative to raise awareness and generate action on issues related to water—an essential part of health living. He began touring the country in 2007 to spread this important message.

Dr. Magee spent 13 years as a country doctor in rural New England before assuming progressive academic and leadership posts, including senior vice president of Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia and Director of the Pfizer Medical Humanities Initiative. He formerly served as a Senior Fellow in the Humanities to the World Medical Association; a David Rockefeller Fellow; Professor of Surgery at Jefferson Medical College and a Master Scholar at New York University School of Medicine. He is currently a member of the National Commission for Quality Long Term Care, chaired by former U.S. Senator Bob Kerrey and former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich. He is also a senior fellow in health policy at the Center for Aging Services Technology.

Dr. Magee has provided testimony to Congress and has consulted for the American Medical Association, the American Association of Medical Colleges and the American Hospital Association. As a health advocate, he has appeared on "The Today Show," "CBS Morning News" and "Larry King Live." Among topics Dr. Magee has addressed in the media are healthy aging, family health, health care reform, patient advocacy, research and discovery, and the importance of the patient-physician relationship.

Born on January 20, 1948, Dr. Magee is the son of a house-call making doctor and one of 12 children. He attended medical school in Syracuse, NY, and did his surgical residency at the University of North Carolina.

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