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Rachelle Khalaf
Senior Manager, Media Relations
MEDIA: 713-442-4919
For Immediate Release

FDA Commissioner Dr. Mark McClellan to Speak at Medical Outcomes Conference Sponsored by Kelsey Research Foundation


Mark B. McClellan, M.D., PhD former member of the Council of Economic Advisors and Policy Advisor to the White House on Healthcare and Economic Issues; and recently confirmed commissioner of the FDA, will be in Houston to deliver a keynote address on how applying national health policies can improve the health of Texas at the Houston Area Health Services & Outcomes Research Conference.
The annual conference is being hosted by Kelsey Research Foundation, the research affiliate of Kelsey-Seybold Clinic, at the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy at Rice University.
State and national experts from Kelsey-Seybold Clinic, St. Luke’s Episcopal Health Charities, Texas Institute for Health at the Baker Institute, Harris County Hospital District, MD Anderson Cancer Center, the University of Texas Health Science Center, School of Public Health, VA Medical Center and more, will seek to describe the health challenges of the region and set a research agenda, discuss and summarize community and clinical research in response to the health challenges of this region and summarize potentials for intervention and opportunities for improvement.

Conference presentations last from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Interview Opportunity: 8 a.m. – 8:30 a.m., Dr. Mark McClellan
Photo Opportunity: 9 a.m. – 10 a.m., Dr. Mark McClellan’s keynote address -- “National Priorities Applied to Texas Health”

James A. Baker Institute for Public Policy
6100 Main Street
Rice University
Baker Hall, Suite 120
Houston, TX 77005
*****EDITOR’S NOTE: Due to limited available space, media that wish to attend must call in advance for parking to be arranged. Please contact B.J. Almond at Rice University at 713.419.9980.

This is the third annual Houston area outcomes conference hosted by Kelsey Research Foundation, which is devoted to improving the quality of patient care and health outcomes through research and education. Anthony Greisinger, PhD, Director of Research at the Foundation adds, “The Foundation has taken the lead in fostering collaborative health services research among local research and medical care institutions.”

About Kelsey-Seybold

Kelsey-Seybold Clinic is Houston's premier multispecialty group practice, founded in 1949 by Dr. Mavis Kelsey in Houston's renowned Texas Medical Center. More than 500 physicians and allied health professionals practice at 26 locations in the Greater Houston area. Kelsey-Seybold offers quality medical care in 55 medical specialties. The organization operates the largest freestanding Ambulatory Surgery Center in the state of Texas and offers state-of-the-art Varian TrueBeam and Varian Edge radiation therapy technology at a nationally accredited Cancer Center. An accredited Sleep Center, comprehensive laboratory services, advanced imaging and diagnostics, 17 onsite Kelsey pharmacies, and MyKelseyOnline, a secure web portal, are part of its comprehensive offerings. Kelsey-Seybold partners with major insurers to offer value-based commercial health plans. KelseyCare Advantage, a Medicare Advantage plan offered to Houston-area beneficiaries and affiliated with Kelsey-Seybold Clinic, has achieved the coveted 5-out-of-5-star rating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid for five consecutive years.

Kelsey-Seybold has been recognized by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) as the nation’s first accredited Accountable Care Organization and a Level 3 (highest) Patient-Centered Medical Home. Kelsey-Seybold has many physicians in the Greater Houston area certified for excellence in diabetes and heart and stroke care by the NCQA. In addition to these recognitions, Kelsey-Seybold is home to a nationally accredited Breast Diagnostic Center, and Endoscopy Center.