ABCD Exchange : March - April 2001 : Meet the Board - Introducing Members

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Introducing Board Members Charles P. Sabatino and Michael Werner

In the last six months, several individuals have joined the ABCD Board of Directors. In coming months, Exchange will introduce them to its readers. Ellen Fox, M.D., director of the VHA's National Center for Ethics and a founding member of the Board, has resigned. We appreciate her support and guidance.

Charles Sabatino, J.D., Vice President, is a founding member of the ABCD Board of Directors. He is the Assistant Director of the ABA Commission on Legal Problems of the Elderly. Since 1984, he has been responsible for the Commission's research, project development, consultation, and education in areas of health law, long-term care, surrogate decision-making, and legal services delivery for the elderly, including professional ethics.

Mr. Sabatino is also a part-time adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center where he teaches Law and Aging. He has written extensively about issues surrounding elder law, such as health-care decision making, including the Lawyer's Tool Kit for Health Care Advance Planning; an ABA/AMA/AARP joint booklet, Shape Your Health Care Future with Health Care Advance Directives; an educational video, In Your Hands: The Tools for Personal Autonomy. He is also lead author of the American Bar Association Legal Guide for Older Americans (NY: Random House/Times Books, 1998).

He is currently a member of the National Advisory Committee for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation national funding initiative, Community-State Partnerships to Improve End-of-Life Care. In recent years, he has spoken before state and national organizations on a range of law and aging topics. He was a member of the Institute of Medicine study committee that produced the January 1995 IOM evaluation of the Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program entitled, Real People, Real Problems.

He is a fellow and board member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA), a board member of the National Elder Law Foundation (NELF); and a member of the NELF elder law certification exam committee. He received his A.B. from Cornell University and his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and is a member of the Virginia and D.C. bars.

Michael J. Werner, Esq., Treasurer, is the Bioethics Counsel and Director of Federal Government Relations for the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO). He is responsible for working with the Bioethics Committee and lobbying the Congress and regulatory agencies on a variety of bioethics issues, such as confidentiality, genetics, gene therapy, protection of human subjects in research and other medical research issues. Werner also works on FDA reform and appropriations matters, such as reauthorization of the Prescription Drug User Fee Act and the FDA Modernization Act.

His interest in end of life issues began when he spearheaded an advocacy effort to defeat legislation that would have prosecuted physicians if they prescribed pain medication and it caused a patient's death. He also helped to care for his grandmother at the end of her life.

Werner has more than 15 years of experience in health law and policy. Before coming to BIO, he spent six years as Counsel for Legislation and Policy for the American College of Physicians-American Society of Internal Medicine (ACP-ASIM). There, he performed legal analysis and policy development, as well as congressional and regulatory advocacy on a variety of issues including: end of life care, Medicare reform, liability reform, integration and delivery system re-structuring, fraud and abuse, quality assurance, and antitrust.

Werner served as a senior health advisor to then US Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell. In 1993, he worked briefly on the staff of the Task Force on Health Reform headed by former First Lady Hillary Clinton. In addition to his federal experience, Werner served as a senior advisor to former Maryland Governor William Donald Schaefer.

Werner has written many articles and has spoken at numerous conferences and meetings. He is also a member of the American Health Lawyers Association and the American Society of Law, Medicine & Ethics. He says, "My hope is for ABCD to become the most respected and objective voice on these issues."

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