In recognition of the 20th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Sargent [...]College invited Lisa I. Iezzoni to speak at its annual Dudley Allen Sargent lecture. Her lecture, “Health Care Disparities for Persons with Disabilities,” discusses evidence of disparities, historical and legal views regarding disabilities and disability rights, barriers to care, and solutions to those disparities.
Now a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and associate director of the Mongan Institute for Health Policy at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Iezzoni became the first woman to be promoted to professor of medicine in the Department of Medicine at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston in 1998. Diagnosed with multiple sclerosis during the 1980s, she has used a wheelchair for more than 20 years.
Her most recent book, When Walking Fails: Mobility Problems of Adults with Chronic Conditions, draws from extensive interviews of 119 mobility-challenged people that were taken when Iezzoni was a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellow.
Hosted by Sargent College on November 1, 2010.