Gary A. Puckrein, Ph.D.,
President and Chief Executive Officer, National Minority Quality Forum

Gary A. Puckrein is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Minority Quality Forum (NMQF), a non-partisan, not-for-profit organization that he founded in 1998. NMQF is a research and educational organization working to ensure that high-risk racial and ethnic populations and communities receive optimal health care. In 1998 Dr. Puckrein founded NMQF's predecessor organization (the National Minority Health Month Foundation) to help communities and policy makers eliminate the disproportionate burden of premature death and preventable illness in special populations through the use of evidence-based, data-driven initiatives.

Dr. Puckrein has built NMQF's capacity to house vital statistics and other information—including demographic, environmental, claims, prescription, laboratory, hospital, and clinic data—in a centralized data repository. Dr. Puckrein has also led the development of NMQF's health atlases to measure and forecast health status in small geographic areas, evaluate the impact of specific interventions, monitor changes in health outcomes, and provide information and analysis regarding the health of ethnic and racial minorities. In addition, Dr. Puckrein serves as Executive Director of the Alliance of Minority Medical Associations—a collaborative effort of the Asian and Pacific Physicians' Association, the Association of American Indian Physicians, and the National Medical Association. Dr. Puckrein published two successful magazines: American Visions and Minority Health Today. Dr. Puckrein was awarded his doctorate from Brown University, graduating Phi Beta Kappa.

Gary V. Doern, Ph.D.,
Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Clinical Microbiology and Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology and the Infectious Diseases Society of America

Gary V. Doern, Ph.D., is considered one of the world’s leading authorities on clinical microbiology. He is the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Clinical Microbiology, the foremost journal in its discipline worldwide, and serves on the editorial boards of four other journals in infectious diseases and clinical microbiology. Dr. Doern is an elected fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology and the Infectious Diseases Society of America.

Dr. Doern received his B.S. Degree from Northwestern University in 1970 and his Ph.D., Degree in Pathology from the Medical College of Wisconsin in 1977. Following two years of post-doctoral training in clinical microbiology at the University of Oregon Health Sciences Center in Portland, he became Director of the Clinical Microbiology Laboratories at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center where he remained for 18 years.

In 1997, Dr. Doern became a Professor of Pathology at the University of Iowa College of Medicine and Director of the Clinical Microbiology Laboratories at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics. Dr. Doern has been a productive researcher, particularly in the area of antibiotic resistance. His findings have appeared in nearly 300 publications in peer-reviewed journals and he has authored more than 100 book chapters, reviews and monographs. He has delivered well over 500 invited lectures in various medical-scientific educational forums worldwide. In 1995, he received the distinguished Becton-Dickinson Award from the American Society for Microbiology for lasting contributions to the discipline of clinical microbiology.


The National Minority Quality Forum has developed the MRSA atlas to enable users to map MRSA prevalence based on the number of hospital discharges -- at the national, state, congressional and state legislative district level. The MRSA atlas can be used to raise awareness in high impact areas and tailor prevention and treatment efforts to that particular locale.

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