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Professor of Health Policy Dr. Drew Kumpuris to Speak on Healthcare Reform

— by on February 3rd, 2010

Dr. Andrew G. Kumpuris, a clinical cardiologist in Little Rock, Ark., and adjunct professor of health policy at the Clinton School of Public Service of Little Rock, will give a public lecture on Thursday, Feb. 11, at 7:30 p.m. in Stackhouse Theatre of Elrod Commons at Washington and Lee University.

Kumpuris’ lecture, which is free and open to the public, is titled “Healthcare Reform: Is This THE Fork in the Road?”

Kumpuris, a 1971 Washington and Lee graduate, is a Robert Wood Johnson Health Care Policy Fellow and a member of W&L’s Shepherd Program’s Alumni-Advisory Committee. The talk is sponsored by the Shepherd Program and the University Lectures Fund.

Over the past several years, Dr. Kumpuris has served as medical director of the CCU and Step-Down Units at St. Vincent Infirmary Medical Center in Little Rock, director of cardiology at Doctor’s Hospital and director of quality assurance at St. Vincent Medical Center.

Dr. Kumpuris is a fellow in the American College of Cardiology, American College of Physicians, The Society of Cardiac Angiography and the American Society of Cardiovascular Interventionists.

He has served on the Health Care Advisory Board for former President Bill Clinton’s Health Care Reform Task Force and as the chairman of the Governor’s Task Force for Health Care Reform in Arkansas. For Governor’s Jim Guy Tucker and Mike Huckabee, Dr. Kumpuris chaired the Arkansas State Employee/Public School Personnel Insurance Board.

In 2001 and 2002, he moved to Washington where he completed a Health Care Policy Fellowship sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Institute of Medicine (National Academy of Science). While in Washington, he served as legislative assistant for health policy with Sen. James M. Jeffords (I-VT) and as liaison with the U.S. Senate Finance Committee and Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee.

In September 2002, he returned to Little Rock where he resumed his practice in clinical cardiology. Dr. Kumpuris currently serves on the Health Policy Board for the Arkansas Center for Health Improvement, is an adjunct professor of Health Policy at the Clinton School of Public Service and sits on the state and public school Life and Health Insurance Board at the invitation of the governor of Arkansas.

Dr. Kumpuris is an honor graduate from Baylor College of Medicine, where he completed his internship and residency and served as chief medical resident. He finished his cardiology fellowship at Baylor in 1978 and then served as assistant professor of medicine, also at Baylor. He was affiliated with the Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas.