Lawrence D. Brown, PhD, served as former chair of the Mailman School's Department of Health Policy and Management for 10 years and Columbia University's Public Policy Consortium for three years. A political scientist, he served on the faculty of Harvard University and the University of Michigan, and held positions at the Brookings Institution before joining the Columbia faculty in 1988. Dr. Brown is the author of Politics and Health Care Organizations: HMOs as Federal Policy (Brookings Institution,1983) and of articles on the political dimensions of community cost containment, expansion of coverage for the uninsured, national health reform, the role of analysis in the formation of health policy, and cross-national health policy. Dr. Brown edited the Journal of Health Politics and Policy and Law for five years, and has served on several national advisory committees for the Robert Wood Johnson (RWJ) Foundation. He is a recipient of an RWJ Investigators in Health Policy award and a member of the Institute of Medicine.