HOC People – Ruth Whittington

By David Woods ([email protected]) With this the 26th issue of HOC, we are well overdue in featuring our energetic, globetrotting CEO of Rx Communications, Ruth Whittington. I can say this with only a minor fear of being labeled a sycophant or worse, but Ruth is a model boss: knowledgeable, hard-working, and above all nurturing and…

HOC people: Patti Peeples Gustafson, PhD

By David Woods ([email protected]) Dr. Patti Peeples: what a perfect name for the subject of HOC people! She tells me that the origin of the name is from Peebles, in Scotland. Patti founded a website, www.healtheconomics.com, 16 years ago; and that made her one of the early adopters of the Internet. Today, she says, it’s…

HOC people – Dennis M. Gross, PhD

By David Woods ([email protected]) On January 1st 2006, Dr Dennis Gross retired from Merck after 28 years; the following day, he took up his present position as Associate Dean, Masters Programs, in the College of Graduate Studies at Thomas Jefferson University. At Merck, he had started out as a senior research pharmacologist working on the…

HOC people – Vittorio Maio, PharmD, MPH

By David Woods ([email protected]) Entusiasmo. That’s a word that describes, in his native Italian, what Vittorio Maio brings to his work in health policy and outcomes research. “What makes me really happy,” he says, “is being able to see research theory translate into actual practice in the real world.” Vittorio graduated from the University of…

HOC people – David B. Nash, MD, MBA

By David Woods ([email protected]) US News and World Report calls him a patient safety guru; Modern Healthcare has repeatedly named him among the top 100 most powerful people in American healthcare; his curriculum vitae runs to more than 70 pages, of which one whole page is devoted to his multiple honours and awards. Dr. David…