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Planned Parenthood vice president chaired Georgetown’s health administration department

December 29, 2009

Dr. Gary Lewis Filerman, who chaired the Department of Health Systems Administration at Georgetown University until 2008, is a former Planned Parenthood vice president, according to the university’s web site. Dr. Filerman, who began to teach at Georgetown in 2000, served as the Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s vice president for international development from 1993 to 1996, as president of Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington from 1990 to 1991, and as a member of the board of directors of Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington from 1986 to 1992.

Explaining the work of his department in a 2007 interview, Dr. Filerman said that “we’re trying to attract people to careers in the management of health systems who are committed to making them more effective-- more efficient and safer. The issue of the day is quality of [patient] care, and we teach our students about quality and our faculty do research related to quality. The gap in quality is the difference between doing what we do and doing what we know, and it’s a serious gap.”

Earlier this month, Dr. Filerman was named senior vice president and chairman of the Health Management and Policy Group at Atlas Research. According to Atlas Research, Dr. Filerman “has been a consultant to 38 countries, the World Bank, International Finance Corporation, World Health Organization, United States Agency for International Development, and to more than 100 universities.”

Founded in 1789 by the Jesuits, Georgetown University has 15,318 students, 7,092 of whom are undergraduates.

 


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