Alan and Andy have been passionate primary care physicians for over 50 years collectively. We met at the Lown Institute, which is a think tank for health care reform, and became the co-directors of the Primary Care Council. We have since become good friends and co-warriors for a sensible patient-centric primary-care driven health care system. We have written many articles together, and come up with the idea for this book after reading about William Osler and the Flexner Report and finally discovering the seed of everything that is dysfunctional in American health care delivery. This picture was taken of us in March 2020, when Andy visited Alan in Queens and together we put together the final threads of our book. A few weeks later, COVID took over our lives and has not let go. That has made our task even more urgent, as the pandemic unearthed much of what our book addresses.
Andy Lazris, MD, CMD
Andy is a primary care doctor in Columbia Maryland, a certified medical director, and a student of history. He graduated from Brown University and did his medical training at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and University of Virginia. He has written two prior books on health care, Curing Medicare (Cornell University Press) and Interpreting Health Benefits and Risks with Erik Rifkin (Springer Press) with a second Springer book coming out in 2021, Utilizing Effective Risk Communication in COVID-19. He is also the author of numerous fiction books that can be found on his website, as well as numerous articles and op-eds.
Alan Roth, DO, FAAFP
Alan R. Roth DO,FAAFP,FAAHPM is Chairman of the MediSys Health Network Department of Family Medicine, Ambulatory Care and Community Medicine at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center and Flushing Hospital Medical Center in Queens, NY. He is also Chief of Integrative Pain and Palliative Care and former Family Medicine Residency Director and Director of the Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship Program. Alan is a practicing and academic Family Medicine and Palliative Care Physician and the recipient of numerous awards including “NY Magazine Best Doctor” as well as being featured in TIME magazine as a Guardian of Healthcare during the COVID -19 Pandemic. He is a Professor of Family Medicine at NYITCOM and Assistant Professor of Social and Family Medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Presenting and publishing widely over the course of his extensive career, Dr. Roth consistently advocates for his patients and primary care values as a healthcare leader. He currently serves as the Co-Chair of the Primary Care Council of the Right Care Alliance. His professional areas of interest are vast and include retaining a focus on patients during healthcare transformation, teaching and integrative health.