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Class Visitor: H. Gilbert Welch, M.D. - Professor of Medicine and Community & Family Medicine - The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice

  • Date: 08 May
  • Location: Shapiro Classroom
  • Time: 3:00 p.m.

Dr. Gil Welch is a Professor of Medicine and Community & Family Medicine at The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy & Clinical Practice. He will serve as a visiting executive in Professor Paul Gardent's and Professor Mike Zubkoff's Structure, Organization and Economics of the Health Care Industry spring elective course. Mr. Do will speak on the topic of "Overuse."

Dr. Welch is a general internist whose research focuses on the problems created by medicine's efforts to detect disease early: physicians test too often, treat too aggressively and tell too many people that they are sick. Most of his work has focused on overdiagnosis in cancer screening: in particular, screening for melanoma, cervical, breast and prostate cancer. He is the author of the books, Should I be Tested for Cancer? Maybe Not and Here's Why (UC Press 2004) and more recently, Overdiagnosed: Making People Sick in the Pursuit of Health (Beacon Press 2011).

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