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Frank Davidoff, MD Biography

Former Editor of Annals of Internal Medicine
Pro to the question "Should All Americans Have the Right (Be Entitled) to Health Care?"

“Are health care, and health itself, rights? As alien as the concept seems in this country, both are widely, indeed almost universally, accepted as rights elsewhere: in the United Nations Charter; the Universal Declaration of Human Rights; the International Covenant on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights (which the United States has yet to ratify); and the Convention on the Rights of the Child (now formally adopted by all nations except Somalia and the United States), among other statements. These international positions simply highlight further the irony in our Constitution, and although the implications of health and health care as human rights are still hotly debated, the case in favor, in our view, has never been stronger. We therefore propose that the Congress and the people of the United States be given the opportunity to approve an amendment to the Constitution stating: ‘All citizens and other residents of the United States shall have equal access to basic and essential health care.'”

“The 28th Amendment,” Annals of Internal Medicine, Apr. 20, 1999

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Editor Emeritus, Annals of Internal Medicine
  • Executive Editor, Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI)
  • Vice-President, Board of Physicians for Human Rights

  • Member, editorial board, Quality and Safety in Healthcare
  • Member, Journal of General Internal Medicine
  • Editor, Annals of Internal Medicine, 1995-July 1, 2001
  • Senior Vice President for Education, American College of Physicians (ACP), 1989-1995
  • Associate Executive Vice President for Education, ACP, 1987-1989
  • Former member, Non-Prescription Drug Advisory Committee, Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

  • Former Chief of the Department of Medicine, New Britain General Hospital, University of Connecticut
  • Former Chief of the Division of General Medicine, University of Connecticut School of Medicine
  • Former Professor of Medicine, University of Connecticut School of Medicine
  • Former research associate, National Heart Institute (NHI)
  • Officer, US Public Health Service, 1961-1964
  • Former intern and resident, Massachusetts General Hospital
  • MD, Columbia University, 1959

  • AB, magna cum laude, Harvard University, 1955
  • Master of the ACP (MACP)
  • Recipient, President’s Award, American Medical Informatics Association, 1995

  • Recipient, Laureate Award, ACP’s Pennsylvania Chapter, 1994
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