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Council for American Medical Innovation Names Debra R. Lappin President
Date:7/23/2009

WASHINGTON, July 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Council for American Medical Innovation has named Debra R. Lappin, a nationally recognized strategist in public health and science policy, as its president.

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Lappin, an attorney, has more than two decades of experience in health and science policy, leading a major patient advocacy organization and serving as a senior advisor to the Directors of both the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In addition to her role with the Council, Lappin will continue to serve as a Senior Vice President at B&D Consulting in Washington, D.C.

"Debra Lappin has outstanding credentials and we look forward to her direction and ideas," said Richard Gephardt, Chairman of the Council for American Medical Innovation. "America's future prosperity and health will largely depend on maintaining a lead role in scientific, technological and medical innovation, and Ms. Lappin's experience generating support for federal policies to improve health and science in the U.S. will help the Council meet its important goals."

The former National Chair of the Arthritis Foundation, Lappin has served on or led multiple high-profile projects focused on health policy, including the National Academy of Sciences' Committee on the Organizational Structure of the NIH and the CDC's National Partners Task Force on the agency's Health Protection Goals. She also serves on the board of Research!America.

"I look forward to working with the members of the Council for American Medical Innovation to inform important audiences and lawmake
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