Mike Magee – Biography



Mike Magee M.D. currently serves as Visiting Scholar at the Koop Institute at Dartmouth Geisel Medical School. He is a veteran health analyst and communicator who has held senior leadership posts in Academic Medicine and Industry, and has advised the U.S. government, the Institute of Medicine, the American Medical Association, the American Hospital Association, and the Association of American Medical Colleges on a wide range of public health and health policy issues.

One of the most experienced health communicators in the United States, he is past-president of the National Association of Physician Broadcasters; creator of HealthPolitics, one of the first health video blogs with over 1/2 million subscribers by 2005; the face of Viagra and traveling companion of Bob Dole for two years after that product’s launch; a spokesperson for the AMA on several of their national book tours; and a frequent visitor to broadcast television including the “Today Show”, “CBS Morning News”, CNN and CNBC. He is the editor since 2007 of HealthCommentary, a widely read and highly respected heath care blog.

Dr. Magee is a surgeon trained at the University of North Carolina. He is the former Senior Vice President of Pennsylvania Hospital, the nation’s first hospital, and former professor of surgery at Thomas Jefferson University Medical College. He served as vice-president of Science and Medical Advocacy at Pfizer Inc.from 1997 to 2007 where he directed the Pfizer Medical Humanities Initiative; was an Honorary Master Scholar at NYU School of Medicine; a David Rockefeller Fellow in New York City; and former chairman of the board of the Kennedy Center’s Very Special Arts for the Disabled. He served as the Senior Fellow in Humanities to the World Medical Center, and conducted the landmark study on the evolution of the patient-physician relationship, presented in Geneva, Switzerland in 2002. He is a recognized expert in health policy and advised Senator Bob Kerrey and Newt Gingrich’s Nation Commission on Quality Long Term Care.

In 2006, in partnership with the American Academy of Family Physicians, Dr. Magee and his wife, Trish, founded the Rocking Chair Project, a 501C3 non-profit organization focused on nurturing economically disadvantaged moms about to give birth. Their partnership efforts with Dartmouth medical students in New Hampshire earned a Schweitzer Fellowship and the 2017 Excellence in Public Health Awards from the U.S. Public Health Service Physician Professional Advisory Committee. Magee and his wife live in West Hartford, CT. They have four children and ten grandchildren.

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