This site was developed by Paul Fischer and Brian Klepper as a service in the public interest.
Paul Fischer MD is based in Augusta, Ga, and has practiced family medicine for 33 years.
His first practice was a solo rural one in Weeping Water, Nebraska. He moved from there to the Medical College of Georgia where he was a professor of Family Medicine. While there, he published an article in JAMA showing that children as young as 4 years old, routinely recognize “Old Joe” the Camel cigarette character. This led to a long legal battle with the tobacco industry that was in part responsible for the state Attorney Generals’ successful suit against the tobacco industry.
He also completed research on office laboratory testing and served as a consultant on this issue to the AAFP, CDC, and College of American Pathologists.
Fifteen years ago, he left his academic position and started the Center for Primary Care in Augusta, GA which has since grown to a 30 family physician group practice. He turned over the CEO position for the group 8 years ago and now spends most of his time in direct patient care.
Dr. Fischer can be contacted by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Brian Klepper, PhD is a health care analyst, consultant and commentator. He is Managing Principal of Healthcare Performance Inc., a business development practice based in Atlantic Beach, FL, and Chief Development Officer for WeCare TLC, LLC, an onsite clinic firm based in Lake Mary, FL.
An active author and speaker, Dr. Klepper has provided health care commentary to CBS Evening News, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, and the Washington Post, and has published articles on Medscape and Healthleaders, and in The New England Journal of Medicine, Modern Healthcare, Business Insurance and newspapers nationally.
In December 2010, he founded and now edits Care & Cost, an online professional health care magazine and discussion forum. He is a regular contributor to Kaiser Health News, Health Policy and Marketplace Review and The Doctor Weighs In. He also writes a blog about his wife Elaine, and their experience with primary peritoneal (ovarian) cancer.
He is an Aspen Institute Health Forum Fellow, and serves on the Boards of the Lundberg Institute and the Consortium for Southeast Hypertension Control (COSEHC), dedicated to translational medicine for vascular disease. He is an Advisory Board member for the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative, which advocates for medical homes, and the Center for Value Health Innovation, which helps business identify and implement approaches that have been proven to improve quality and safety while reducing cost.
Brian can be reached at 904.395.5530 or email@example.com.