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Former Assistant US Surgeon General Woodie Kessel, MD, MPH, Joins Academic Network LLC as Senior Scientific Advisor

With enhanced medical leadership, Academic Network expands its virtual medical affairs services for food, beverage, healthcare and pharmaceutical companies.

Portland, OR (PRWEB) June 24, 2008 -- Award-winning Academic Network LLC, a leading medical and health research and communications company, today announced that former Assistant US Surgeon General Woodie Kessel, MD, MPH, has joined the firm as Senior Scientific Advisor. Spurred on by a sales growth record of nearly 300%, Academic Network adds Dr. Kessel to its team of medical experts to enhance the company's medical & health consulting, medical advisory services, and virtual medical affairs department.

"Dr. Kessel is an internationally recognized physician and public servant whose prestigious career in medicine and healthcare bring a new level of expertise to our clients wanting the best counsel to develop new products, support health claims, improve patient recruitment and retention practices, educate consumers and meet regulatory agency requirements," said Kate McCarron, chief executive officer, Academic Network LLC. "We have worked with Woodie for years on the Shaping America's Youth initiative ( and know that his understanding of 21st century healthcare and medical issues will benefit all of our clients whether they are developing new products or in need of scientific advice."

In addition to serving in the Office of the US Surgeon General, Dr. Kessel, a pediatrician who has been awarded numerous honors and medals of excellence in public service, has also served as both Medical Director and Senior Surgeon for the US Public Health Service Commissioned Corps among countless other medical leadership roles. Kessel, who is best known for his advocacy for the improvement of child, family and community health, has been the senior advisor on public health, healthy policy and child and family health matters for the White House as well as PBS' Sesame Workshop and Nickelodeon among others. He has held numerous senior medical executive positions for boards, task forces and government agencies. Kessel received his Doctor of Medicine degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and his Master of Public Health from Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Kessel recently retired from the Public Health Service at the rank of Rear Admiral.

"I look forward to the opportunity to work with Academic Network in its commitment to provide best practices of the highest quality in communicating advances in healthcare to both consumers and health professionals, and ultimately to advance scientific knowledge," said Dr. Kessel. "Academic Network's leadership in developing effective strategies to recruit and retain subjects in clinical trials is a unique one and critical to advancing our understanding of new therapies."

Food and beverage industries, clinical research organizations, biotechnology, nutraceutical and pharmaceutical industries as well as public relation firms seek Academic Network's healthcare communication expertise. The term "one stop" clearly applies to Academic Network, whose all medical staff excels at:

  • Contact center solutions: call center, IVR, online, fullfillment
  • Clinical trial recruitment: site support, online screening services
  • Consumer affairs counsel: direct to consumer educational campaigns
  • Compliance counsel: adverse events reporting and customer care
  • Healthcare operators and contact center staffing: medical & nutritional expertise
  • New online media communications: web design, blogging, social networking
About Academic Network, LLC Academic Network, LLC is a leading medical and health communications company conceived by academic professionals to serve as a singular source for communicating health-related issues to consumers and health professionals. Academic Network works with leading pharmaceutical, food and beverage, and other Fortune 500 companies, as well as healthcare organizations, in developing effective communications strategies through consulting, telecommunications, internet and new media resources. The firm offers the combined technological and medical expertise necessary to meet the demands and expectations of today's health-focused public. Visit Academic Network at

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