Dr. Carol Mangione, the Barbara A. Levey and Gerald S. Levey endowed chair in medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and professor of public health at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, has been appointed to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.

The task force is an independent, volunteer panel of national experts in prevention and evidence-based medicine. Members come from many health-related fields, including internal medicine, family medicine, pediatrics, behavioral health, obstetrics/gynecology and nursing. The task force works to improve the health of all Americans by making evidence-based recommendations about clinical preventive services, such as screenings, counseling services and preventive medications. Members are appointed to four-year terms by the director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Said Mangione: “As a primary care doctor who has relied on the evidence-based recommendations of the 16-member U.S. Preventative Services Task Force to guide my own practice for years, it is truly an honor to have the  opportunity to join the task force at a time when there is a growing  body of evidence to support many important new screening and treatment  recommendations.”

In addition to her roles at UCLA, Mangione serves as director of the UCLA/Drew Resource Center for Minority Aging Research/Center for Health Improvement of Minority Elderly, co-director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program at UCLA, associate director of the UCLA Clinical and Translational Science Institute, and assistant dean and director of the Research Training and Education Program for the Clinical and Translational Sciences at UCLA. She is also a practicing primary care physician in the UCLA Faculty Practice Group. Her areas of expertise include diabetes, health disparities, aging and public health.

“On behalf of my fellow task force members, I am pleased to welcome Dr. Mangione,” said Dr. Albert Siu, task force chair. “Her expertise in the areas of health disparities and public health will be an important addition."