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National expert on physician workforce issues to speak at UTHSC

San Antonio (June 16, 2003) — A lack of health insurance, a shortage of doctors and poor access to health care — all are issues facing thousands of underserved South Texans. But what can primary care physicians do to ease the health care crunch? One of the nation's foremost experts on physician workforce issues will address health professionals at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSC).

Kevin L. Grumbach will deliver a keynote address titled "Redesigning the Primary Care Home" during the Dr. John M. Smith Jr. Visiting Professorship in Family Medicine Research event. The annual event is sponsored by the UTHSC department of family and community medicine.

Dr. Grumbach is one of the nation's leading researchers on the physician workforce, primary care and health policy and a consultant to federal and state health agencies. He is specifically interested in topics such as primary care physician supply and access to care, racial and ethnic diversity in the medical profession, and the impact of managed care on physicians.

"Dr. Grumbach's talk is especially relevant to San Antonio, where we face a growing crisis of health care access and increasing numbers of South Texas residents not getting optimal primary care," said Carlos Roberto Jaén, M.D., Ph.D., chairman of family and community medicine and John M. Smith Jr. Professor.

The Family Medicine Research event runs from 4:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, June 18, in UTHSC Lecture Hall 3.102B. Dr. Grumbach is scheduled to speak at 6 p.m.

The event is free and open to all South Texas primary health care providers. To schedule interviews with Dr. Grumbach before or after the event, please call the Office of External Affairs at (210) 567-2570.

Contact: Amanda Gallagher