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Saturday, November 19, 2005

BOSTON -- Medicare head Dr. Mark McClellan and renowned Johns Hopkins surgeon Dr. Benjamin Carson will present keynote addresses at the Pri-Med Mid-Atlantic Conference & Exhibition in Baltimore, MD October 6-8. More than 4000 primary care practitioners are expected to attend the three-day meeting at the Baltimore Convention Center.

Mark McClellan, MD, PhD was appointed Administrator of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services in 2004, after serving as Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration. An economist as well as physician, Dr. McClellan was previously a member of the President's Council of Economic Advisors under President Bush and Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Treasury under President Clinton. He holds appointments as both associate professor of economics and associate professor of medicine at Stanford University.

Today Dr. McClellan confronts the challenge of launching the new Medicare prescription drug benefit and ensuring that healthcare professionals and patients understand the sweeping changes it introduces in 2006.

Benjamin Carson, MD has been chief of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins since 1984, and has achieved an international reputation for successful outcomes in exceptionally difficult cases.

His success in twice separating Siamese twins joined at the head made headlines around the world. He is also professor of neurosurgery, , oncology and pediatrics at The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and the author of three best-selling books.

Dr. Carsons' journey from inner-city Detroit to international stature in medicine has made him a leading advocate for patients and a recognized innovator and thought leader on healthcare reform.

The Pri-Med Conference & Exhibition is the largest primary care medical conference in the US, enrolling more than 35,000 clinicians in six regional meetings each year. Pri-Med Mid-Atlantic presents a curriculum of more than 50 clinical lectures by faculty from Harvard Medical School and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

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