Doctor Norman B. Kahn, Jr., the Executive Vice-President of the Council of Medical Specialty Societies, will present the 23rd J. Jerry Rodos Lecture on Monday April 10, 2017, the first morning of the 28th National Conference on Primary Health Care Access.
The academic and professional career of Doctor Kahn, a Senior Fellow of the National Conferences on Primary Health Care Access, brings him unparalleled insights into issues of access in the United States health system.
Dr Kahn was one of the residency classes for the new specialty of family medicine, training in the early 1970s at University of California San Francisco community-based public hospital, San Francisco General, thereby gaining professional experience in caring for San Francisco’s multicultural, diverse-lifestyle population.
Within a few years of his graduation, he was appointed family medicine residency director for Stanislaus County’s Scenic General Hospital, in the heart of California’s Central Valley, one of the nation’s major agricultural regions. Dr Kahn oversaw the Scenic residency program’s establishment of a community health center in the small, agricultural town of Hughson, one of the early experiments in teaching family medicine residents to provide care in a community health center setting.
Doctor Kahn subsequently replaced Doctor John Geyman (also a Senior Fellow of the National Conferences) in the role of administrator of the University of California Davis’ Network of Affiliated Residency Programs. From that position he was invited to join the executive staff of the American Academy of Family Physicians in Kansas City, Missouri, where he served Executive Vice President for education.
Dr Kahn was a strong advocate for cooperative activities between the primary care medical specialties, and, later, for cooperative activities for all of the medical specialties. These ideas were incorporated into the Council of Medical Specialty Societies, an institution which he has served as Executive Vice President.