IMAP Board and Officers

David Blumenthal, MD, MPP

Mary E. D'Alton, MD

Wendy Levinson, MD

Thomas Q. Morris, MD

David J. Rothman, PhD

James R. Tallon

George Thibault, MD

Gerald Thomson, MD


Michael Allegretti, MPA



Thomas Q. Morris, M.D.

Board Chair

Thomas Q. Morris, M.D., is Alumni Professor Emeritus of Clinical Medicine at the Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons. He has served as acting chair of the Department of Medicine, associate dean for academic affairs, vice dean of the Faculty of Medicine, and interim dean for clinical and educational affairs. More recently he was vice president for health sciences and vice dean of the faculties of Health Sciences and Medicine, and Alumni Professor of Clinical Medicine. He was president and chief executive officer of Presbyterian Hospital from 1985 to 1990.

David J. Rothman, Ph.D.

President and Board Member

David J. Rothman is Bernard Schoenberg Professor of Social Medicine at Columbia College of Physicians & Surgeons, Professor of History, Columbia University, and President of the Institute on Medicine as a Profession.

Trained in American social history at Harvard University, David Rothman first explored the history of mental hospitals, prisons, and almshouses. His 1971 book, The Discovery of the Asylum (new editions 1990 and 2003), was the co-winner of the Albert J. Beveridge Prize of the American Historical Association. Conscience and Convenience (1980), and the Willowbrook Wars (1984, new edition 2005, with Sheila M. Rothman) brought this history to the present. David Rothman joined the P&S faculty in 1983 , subsequently exploring the history of health care practices and policy. He has published: Strangers at the Bedside: A History of how Law and Bioethics Transformed Medical Decision Making (1991); Beginnings Count: The Technological Imperative in American Health Care (1997), and The Pursuit of Perfection: The Promise and Perils of Medical Enhancement (2003, with Sheila Rothman). His research on the history and ethics of human experimentation has appeared in the New England Journal of Medicine (1987), Health Affairs Quarterly (1990), Milbank Quarterly (1990), and Bulletin of the History of Medicine (2003).

David Rothman’s other scholarly and policy interests include human rights in medicine. Together with Sheila Rothman, he has explored trafficking in organs, how AIDS came to infect Romanian orphans, the ethics of research in third-world countries, and the right to health care. Their essays were brought together in Trust Is Not Enough (New York Review Book, 2006). David Rothman is now addressing professionalism in medicine. With an endowment from the Open Society Institute and George Soros, he established IMAP, dedicated to making professionalism a field and a force. His publications include: “Medical Professionalism; Focusing on the Real Issues” (NEJM, 2000); “New Federal Guidelines for Physician-Pharmaceutical Industry Relations,” (with Susan Chimonas, Health Affairs, 2005); “Marketing HPV Vaccine,” (with Sheila Rothman, JAMA, 2009). He also co-authored “From Disclosure to Transparency: The Use of Company Payment Data,” (Archives of Internal Medicine, 2010).

David Rothman co-chaired the IMAP-ABIM Foundation whose recommendations appeared in JAMA, 2006: “Health Industry Practices that Create Conflicts of Interest: A Policy Proposal for Academic Medical Centers.” He co-chaired a second IMAP task force whose recommendations also appeared in JAMA” “Professional Medical Associations and Their Relationships with Industry: A Proposal for Controlling Conflicts of Interest,” (2009). Together with David Blumenthal, he co-edited Medical Professionalism in a New Information Age (Rutgers Press, 2010).

David Blumenthal, MD, MPP

Board Member

David Blumenthal, M.D., M.P.P., is president of The Commonwealth Fund, a national philanthropy engaged in independent research on health and social policy issues.

Dr. Blumenthal is formerly the Samuel O. Thier Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Chief Health Information and Innovation Officer at Partners Healthcare System in Boston. From 2009 to 2011, he served as the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, with the charge to build an interoperable, private, and secure nationwide health information system and to support the widespread, meaningful use of health IT. He succeeded in putting in place one of the largest publicly funded infrastructure investments the nation has ever made in such a short time period, in health care or any other field.

Previously, Dr. Blumenthal was a practicing primary care physician, director of the Institute for Health Policy, and professor of medicine and health policy at Massachusetts General Hospital/Partners Healthcare System and Harvard Medical School. He is the author of more than 250 books and scholarly publications, including most recently, Heart of Power: Health and Politics in the Oval Office. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine and serves on the editorial boards of the New England Journal of Medicine and the Journal of Delivery Science and Innovation. He has also served on the staff of the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Health and Scientific Research and is the founding chairman of AcademyHealth, the national organization of health services researchers.

Dr. Blumenthal received his undergraduate, medical, and public policy degrees from Harvard University and completed his residency in internal medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital. With his colleagues from Harvard Medical School, he authored the seminal studies on the adoption and use of health information technology in the United States. He has held several leadership positions in medicine, government, and academia, including senior vice president at Boston's Brigham and Women's Hospital and executive director of the Center for Health Policy and Management and lecturer on public policy at the Kennedy School of Government. He served previously on the board of the University of Chicago Health System and is recipient of the Distinguished Investigator Award from AcademyHealth, an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Rush University and Honorary Doctors of Science from Claremont Graduate University and the State University of New York Downstate.


Mary E. D'Alton, M.D.

Board Member

Mary E. D’Alton, M.D., has served as Willard C. Rappleye Professor and Chair, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, at the Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons since 2003. In that year, she was also appointed Director of Obstetric and Gynecological Services at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center. In July, 2011, Dr. D’Alton was appointed President of the NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital Medical Board. Prior to 2003, she held academic positions at the University of Ottawa, Tufts University School of Medicine, and Columbia, in addition to hospital directorships in MFM and OB/GYN at Ottawa Civic Hospital, New England Medical Center in Boston and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital.

Dr. D'Alton specializes in high-risk Maternal Fetal Medicine. Her work to advance research, policy development and clinical practice in the field has won national recognition. She received her undergraduate and medical degree from the National University of Ireland, Galway, and completed residencies in Anesthesiology and Obstetrics & Gynecology at the University of Ottawa, in Ontario, Canada. She completed a fellowship in Maternal Fetal Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine and was a Post-doctoral Fellow in the Perinatal Unit of the Yale University School of Medicine.

Honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006 by the Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine (SMFM) She has served as past president of SMFM and has held leadership positions in key professional organizations, including SMFM, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) & and the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM).

She has worked to establish the highest standards in high-risk, maternal fetal care at Columbia University Medical Center and in the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology at Columbia’s College of Physicians and Surgeons, developing a multidisciplinary approach to treat highest risk pregnancies, diagnosed with fetal malformations. She is credited with guiding the growth of the high-risk, coordinated-care program, housed in the newly-opened Carmen and John Thain Center for Prenatal Pediatrics at NewYork-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital and Sloane Hospital for Women.

Dr. D’Alton has been instrumental in promoting research, education and quality monitoring for new technology in clinical applications. She currently chairs ACOG’s Neonatal Encephalopathy and Cerebral Palsy (NECP) Task Force and is President-elect for the American Gynecological and Obstetrical Society (AGOS). She is principal investigator and chair of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) Obstetric-Fetal Pharmacology Research Units (OPRU) Network. She has long been associated with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and NICHD sitting on review panels, the advisory council and several committees. She was principal investigator for the First and Second Trimester Evaulation of Risk (FaSTER) trial and currently the PI for the sinology center. Dr. D’Alton has written and contributed to more than 175 publications including articles, book chapters and books. She co-authored Fetology, which won the 2001 Association of American Publishers Award for Best Textbook in Clinical Medicine. She is co-editor of Seminars in Perinatology and has served on the Editorial Board of the ACOG’s Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Wendy Levinson, M.D.

Board Member

Dr. Wendy Levinson is the Sir John and Lady Eaton Professor and Chair of the Department of Medicine at the University of Toronto.   She is also the Physician-in-Chief at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto.   She worked in the United States on the faculty of the Oregon Health Science University and the University of Chicago Medical School.   She is a past President of the Society of General Internal Medicine and the Chair Elect of the American Board of Internal Medicine.

Dr. Levinson is a national and international expert in the field of physician-patient communication.  Her research has spanned a number of highly relevant policy issues, including the relationship of medical malpractice to breakdown in communication, the effectiveness of primary care physicians and surgeons in helping patients to make informed decisions, and most recently, the disclosure of medical errors to patients.  Dr. Levinson has contributed to large-scale training programs to enhance the skills of primary care physicians and surgeons in effective communication with their patients.

James R. Tallon, Jr.

Board Member

James R. Tallon, Jr., a nationally recognized health care policy leader, is president of the United Hospital Fund of New York.

He is chair of The Commonwealth Fund, and he chairs the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured.  He serves as Secretary/Treasurer of the Alliance for Health Reform, and also serves on the boards of the Institute on Medicine as a Profession and the New York eHealth Collaborative.  He is a member of the advisory board for the Jonas Center for Nursing Excellence.

Mr. Tallon also serves as a member of the New York State Board of Regents, the constitutionally established supervisory body of all education and education-related activities in New York.

Mr. Tallon headed the Health Care Policy Advisory Committee during the gubernatorial transition period in 2006, and led the 1998-99 planning process which established The National Quality Forum.

Mr. Tallon is a former member of the boards of the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations and the Center for Health Policy Development.  He has held visiting lecturer appointments at the Columbia University and Harvard University schools of public health.

Prior to joining the Fund in 1993, Mr. Tallon represented Binghamton and parts of Broome County in the New York State Assembly for nineteen years, beginning in 1975.  He chaired the health committee from 1979 to 1987 and was Majority Leader from 1987 to 1993.  In September, 1999, Empire State Reports named him as one of 25 leaders whose work resulted in sweeping improvements in the lives of New Yorkers in the past 25 years.

Mr. Tallon received a B.A., cum laude, in political science from Syracuse University and an M.A. in international relations from Boston University.  He has done additional graduate work at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University.  In 1995, he was awarded honorary doctorates of humane letters from the College of Medicine and School of Graduate Studies of the State University of New York Health Science Center at Brooklyn, and from New York Medical College.  He was honored in May 2007 with an honorary doctoral degree from the New York College of Podiatric Medicine.  In March 2000 he was named an honorary fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Mr. Tallon and his wife, Norma, reside in Binghamton and New York City.  They have three adult sons.

George E. Thibault, M.D

Board Member

George E. Thibault, M.D. became the seventh president of the Josiah Macy, Jr. Foundation in January 2008. Dr. Thibault graduated summa cum laude from Georgetown University in 1965 and magna cum laude from Harvard Medical School in 1969.  He completed his internship and residency in Medicine and fellowship in Cardiology at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH).  He also trained in Cardiology at the National Heart and Lung Institute in Bethesda and at Guys Hospital in London, and served as Chief Resident in Medicine at MGH. 

In 1977, he founded and became the first director of the Medical Practices Evaluation Unit, and was named director of the Medical ICU/CCU at the MGH.  In 1978, he became the Director of the Training Program in Internal Medicine and Assistant Chief (subsequently Associate Chief) of the Department of Medicine, MGH.  In 1988, he was named Chief of the Medical Services at Brockton/West Roxbury VA Medical Center and Vice Chairman of Medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH).  In 1990, he was also named Director of Health Services Research at the Brockton/West Roxbury VA Medical Center.  In 1995, Dr. Thibault was named the Chief Medical Officer at the BWH.  Since January 1999, he has been Vice President of Clinical Affairs at Partners HealthCare System, Inc.  He is a Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School (HMS).  In September 2001 he was chosen as the first Director of The Academy at HMS.  The Academy has been created to recognize teaching excellence and to promote curriculum innovation at HMS.  In 2005, he was named the first Daniel D. Federman Professor of Medicine and Medical Education at HMS.

Gerald E. Thomson, M.D.

Board Member

Dr. Gerald Thomson is the Lambert and Sonneborn Professor of Medicine Emeritus and Senior Associate Dean Emeritus at Columbia University.

At the State University Downstate Medical Center-Kings County Hospital in Brooklyn in the 1960s, Dr. Thomson helped establish and direct one of the nation's earliest and largest maintenance hemodialysis units. He joined the Columbia faculty in 1970 and was Director of Medicine at the Columbia affiliated Harlem Hospital Center from 1971 to 1985. During that period, Dr. Thomson established innovative hypertension detection and treatment programs and served on several national committees on hypertension.

From 1985-1990 Dr. Thomson was Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of the Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center and was Senior Associate Dean at the Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons from 1990-2002.

Dr. Thomson has served on and headed numerous National Institutes of Health and other agency and organizational advisory committees on end stage renal disease, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, public hospitals, minorities in medicine, access to health care, disparities in health and health care, and human rights. He is the co-founder and past president of the New York Society of Nephrology, the Society of Urban Physicians, and the Association of Academic Minority Physicians. He is presently serves on the Boards of Institute on Professionalism in Medicine at Columbia and the Physicians for Human Rights.

Dr. Thomson is past President of the American College of Physicians and a past Chairman of the American Board of Internal Medicine. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies and chaired an Institute of Medicine committee which issued a 2006 report on the National Institutes of Health Strategic Plan to Reduce and Ultimately Eliminate Health Disparities.

Michael Allegretti, M.P.A.

Secretary, (Chief Financial Officer/ Chief Operating Officer)

Michael Allegretti has served as IMAP's CFO/COO and Corporate Secretary since 2014. He holds a Master of Public Administration degree from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs. Michael is also the Financial Manager for the Center on Medicine as a Profession (CMAP) at the Columbia University Medical Center.



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