Dr. Fitzhugh Mullan is a MEPI PI for the GW Coordinating Center and the Murdock Head Professor of Medicine and Health Policy at the George Washington University School of Public Health. He is also Professor of Pediatrics at the George Washington University School of Medicine. Dr. Mullan graduated cum laude from Harvard University in 1964 with a degree in history and from the University Of Chicago Medical School in 1968. He trained in pediatrics at the Jacobi and Lincoln Hospitals in the Bronx, New York. In 1972, Dr. Mullan was commissioned in the United States Public Health Service and practiced in New Mexico as one of the first physicians in the National Health Service Corps. From 1977 through 1981, he served as Director of the National Health Service Corps in Washington, D.C., followed by tours as a Scholar-in-Residence at the Institute of Medicine, as a senior medical officer at the National Institutes of Health and, in 1984-1985 and as the Secretary of the Health and Environment Department for the state of New Mexico. He was appointed Director of the Bureau of Health Professions in the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) in 1990 and to the rank of Assistant Surgeon General (Rear Admiral) in 1991. In subsequent years, he served on both the President’s Task Force on Health Care Reform and the Council on Graduate Medical Education. In 1996, he retired from the Public Health Service and joined the staff of the journal Health Affairs as a Contributing Editor and the Founding Editor of the Narrative Matters section. He joined the faculty at George Washington University on a part time basis in 1997 and full time in 2005. In recent years, his research and policy work has focused on US and international health workforce issues with particular emphasis on capacity building in Africa. During this time he has been the Principal Investigator of the Gates Foundation funded Sub-Saharan African Medical School Study (SAMSS), the Macy Foundation funded Medical Education Futures Study, and the Kellogg Foundation funded Beyond Flexner Study. He is also the Founding Board Chair and Senior Advisor to Seed Global Health (formerly the Global Health Service Corps). Dr. Mullan has written widely for both professional and general audiences on medical and health policy topics. His books include White Coat Clenched Fist: The Political Education of an American Physician (1977), Vital Signs: A Young Doctor’s Struggle with Cancer (1983), Plagues and Politics: The Story of the United States Public Health Service (1989) and Big Doctoring in America: Profiles in Primary Care (2002). He is the senior editor of Healers Abroad: Americans Responding to Human Resource Crisis in the HIV/AIDS (National Academy Press, 2005) and Narrative Matters: The Power of the Personal Essay in Health Policy (2006). Dr. Mullan is the Founding President of the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship. He is the recipient of the American Cancer Society’s 1988 Courage award, the Surgeon General’s Medallion, and the United States Public Health Service’s Distinguished Service Medal. Dr. Mullan is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences.