About Dr. Kamerow
Douglas Kamerow is a family physician and a specialist in preventive medicine.
A graduate of Harvard College, the University of Rochester Medical School, and Johns
Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health, Dr. Kamerow spent 20 years in
the Commissioned Corps of the US Public Health Service. In the PHS he worked as a
general practitioner in the National Health Service Corps, as a researcher at the National
Institute of Mental Health, and in health policy and leadership positions at both the Office
of the Assistant Secretary for Health and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.
He retired from the PHS in 2001 with the rank of Assistant Surgeon General.
During his PHS career, Dr. Kamerow created and led successful national programs that
have made major contributions to health and health care. These included the US
Preventive Services Task Force, the Put Prevention Into Practice program, the
Evidence-based Practice Centers program, and the National Guideline Clearinghouse.
Since then, Dr. Kamerow has been a chief scientist at the nonpartisan research institute
RTI International, an editor of the international medical journal BMJ, a commentator on
National Public Radio, and a professor at Georgetown University, where he teaches
medical students and family medicine residents. Starting in 2007, he wrote the health
and health care commentaries in his book Dissecting American Health Care.
Dr. Kamerow lives in Washington, DC, with his wife, Celia Shapiro, and their three
Dissecting American Health Care