Dietrich Named To Preventive Services Task Force

February 2, 2007

Dr. Allen Dietrich of Norris Cotton Cancer Center at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC) was one of three new members recently named to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.

The Task Force is the leading independent panel of experts in prevention and primary care. It conducts rigorous, impartial assessments of the scientific evidence for the effectiveness of a broad range of clinical preventive services, including screening, counseling, and preventive medications. Its recommendations are considered the gold standard for clinical preventive services.

The Task Force has made recommendations on a range of services, including screening for obesity, prostate cancer, cervical cancer and abdominal aortic aneurysm, as well as the use of aspirin to prevent heart disease, vitamins to prevent cancer and heart disease, and hormone therapy.

Dr. Dietrich, a board-certified family physician, is a professor of community and family medicine at Dartmouth Medical School ( and a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. He also is associate director for population sciences at the Norris Cotton Cancer Center at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and serves as chair of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Initiative on Depression and Primary Care.

Also recently named to the Task Force were Dr. Rosanne Leipzig, M.D. of the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, and Dr. George Isham, medical director and chief health officer for HealthPartners, a large health care plan in Minnesota that provides care for nearly 800,000 members. The appointments were announced by Dr. Carolyn M. Clancy, M.D., director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) which supports the Task Force.