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
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.
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
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.