Below is a copy of a letter regarding John Eisenberg '68. It was sent
to PAW by Leif Wellington Haase '87, New York, N.Y.:
Dear Academy Members:
We are deeply saddened to inform you that our friend and colleague, John
M. Eisenberg, MD, MBA, passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, March
10, 2002, after a long and difficult battle with a brain tumor.
Dr. Eisenberg devoted much of his life to advancing the fields of health
services research and health policy. A mentor to many, he was committed
to improving the quality of health care and will be remembered for his
passionate pursuit of translating research into policy and practice and
ensuring an effective two-way dialogue between the research and policy
arenas. Since 1997, Dr. Eisenberg served as administrator of the Agency
for Healthcare Research and Quality at the Department of Health and Human
Services (HHS). Prior to joining HHS, he was chairman of the department
of medicine and physician-in-chief at Georgetown University for five years.
Dr. Eisenberg served as president of the Association for Health Services
Research from 1991 to 1992. In January 2002, he received the first Academy
Chair Award at the National Health Policy Conference for his lifelong
contributions to the fields of health services research and health policy.
Some of Dr. Eisenberg's many accomplishments are noted in an obituary
that appeared in the Washington Post on Monday, March 11, 2002, which
can be found on the internet at http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/metro/obituaries/archive/A5857-2002Mar1
The funeral will be in Memphis, Tennessee on Wednesday March 13 at 2:30
p.m., Temple Israel Cemetery. A memorial service will be held Sunday,
March 17th, at 2:30 p.m., Washington Hebrew Congregation, 3935 Macomb
St., NW, in Washington, DC.
Condolences may be sent to Dr. Eisenberg's family at JEFamily@ahrq.gov.
AHRQ staff will collect the messages and forward them to the family. The
family requests any contributions be made to the Dr. John M. Eisenberg
Healthcare Fund of the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region,
1112 16th Street, NW, Suite 340, Washington, DC 20036. The fund will support
healthcare initiatives for research, education, service, and policy.
On behalf of all of us here at the Academy, Dr. Eisenberg will be sorely
missed. His legacy and his spirit will continue to influence our work.