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Section on Medical Sociology

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Mission Statement

The purpose of the Section on Medical Sociology is to foster the development of sociology in the field of health through the organized interchange of ideas, teaching experiences, research programs, and results. The Section on Medical Sociology examines the phenomena of health and illness, the social organization of health care delivery, and differential access to medical resources.

Section Officers 2015-2016

Chair: Kristin Kay Barker, University of New Mexico
Chair-Elect:Debra Umberson, University of Texas at Austin
Past Chair: Anne Figert, Loyola University Chicago
Section Secretary/Treasurer: Janet K. Shim, Univ of California-San Francisco 2016

Section Council

Bridget Gorman, Rice University 2016
Tony N. Brown, Vanderbilt University 2017

Student Representatives

Tania M. Jenkins, Brown University 2016
Taylor Hargrove, Vanderbilt University 2017

Section Membership Committee

Chair: Laura Mamo, San Francisco State University 2016

Section Nominations Committee

Chair: Rachel Kahn Best, University of Michigan
Catherine Bliss, UCSF
Chair-Elect: Jason Schnittker, University of Pennsylvania
Ophra Leyser-Whalen, University of Texas at El Paso
Julia E. Szymczak, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Rachael Lee, Northeastern University

Student Representatives
Jane Schlapkohl VanHeuvelen, Indiana University

Section Publications Committee

Chair: Rene Almeling, Yale University

Section Teaching Committee

Chair: Laura Senier, Northeastern University
Jennifer A. Reich, University of Denver

Section Career & Employment Committee

Chair: Miranda Waggoner, Florida State University
Patricia P. Rieker, Boston University

Health Policy and Research Committee

Chair: Sigrun Olafsdottir, Boston University