Don E. Detmer, MD MA, has been the Dennis Gillings Professor of Health Management and Director of Cambridge University Health at the Business School in Cambridge since 1999. He is also Professor Emeritus and Professor of Medical Education at the University of Virginia. Currently, he is a board member of Quality and Safety in Health Care, the Nuffield Trust of London, the China Medical Board of New York, Inc. and the membership committee of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies (US). He is a lifetime Associate of the National Academies, and a fellow of AAAS, Academy Health, and the American Colleges of Medical Informatics, Surgeons, and Sports Medicine. His education included a medical degree from the University of Kansas and subsequent training at the National Institutes of Health, the Johns Hopkins Hospital, Duke University Medical Center, the Institute of Medicine, and Harvard Business School. Prior to coming to England, he was Vice President for Health Sciences at the Universities of Virginia or Utah and on the faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is immediate past chairman of the Board on Health Care Services of the IOM and the NCVHS and has also chaired the Board of Regents of the National Library of Medicine. Detmer's career includes innovative work in national health information policy, quality improvement, vascular surgery, sports medicine, and master's level educational programs for clinician-executives.