Class of: 1972 and 1976
Departments: Health Policy and Management
Dr. Fred Wasserman formed a group practice of community physicians in Hawthorne, California, in 1973 and developed one of the early Federally Qualified HMOs. The HMO grew to 2 million members in 26 different states and created the model that is now known as the "Accountable Care Organization." During this time, he introduced Family and Ob-Gyn Nurse Practitioners, nutritional counseling for pregnant patients, prospective review, quality assurance programs, and established a research program focused on quality and satisfaction with care in an HMO setting. Dr. Wasserman, along with his wife Pamela, also taught the first class on HMOs at the Fielding School. He served on the Dean's Advisory Board for over 20 years and is a member of the Board of Directors of the La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology. Dr. Wasserman graduated from the Fielding School with an MPH in Health Policy and Management in 1972 and a DrPH in 1976.
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