William Winkenwerder

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CONTEXT The United States recently implemented smallpox vaccination of selected military personnel in a national program of preparedness against use of smallpox as a biological weapon. The resumption of smallpox vaccinations raises important questions regarding implementation and safety. OBJECTIVE To describe the US military smallpox vaccination program.(More)
Starting as assistant secretary of defense for health affairs just ten days after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, William Winkenwerder has probably the most complex and challenging leadership role in health care. In this interview he talks about the innovations taking place in battlefield medicine; the cost pressures and consolidation that exist in the military(More)
An estimated 40 percent of the nation's 55,000 persons with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) have received care under the Medicaid Program, which is administered by the Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA) and funded jointly by the Federal Government and the States. In fiscal year 1988, Medicaid will spend between $700 and $750 million for(More)
Winkenwerder describes a disagreement about proper management of a critically ill patient that arose during his tenure as a house staff physician. Despite the attending physician's consideration of the family's wishes and the best interests of the patient, the resident was uneasy with the decision to continue life-prolonging treatment and the role he was(More)