EUGENE AND MILDRED LIPITZ PROFESSORSHIP
Established in 1998 by Roger C. Lipitz in honor of his mother and in memory of his father

EUGENE LIPITZ was an early leader in the development of nursing homes. At the time of his death in 1964, he owned four nursing homes in Maryland. He and his wife, MILDRED LIPITZ, are pictured with their children, Roger and Alison.

 

ROGER C. LIPITZ, after his father's death, took over the nursing homes. In 1969, he co-founded Meridian Healthcare, which became Maryland's largest provider of nursing home and related services by the time of its sale to Genesis Eldercare in 1993. Mr. Lipitz is the former chairman of the board of directors of the University of Maryland Medical System and past chairman of the American Health Care Association, the largest long-term care association in the United States. Chairman of the Baltimore Development Corporation since 1995, Mr. Lipitz is a university trustee emeritus and serves on the Bloomberg School of Public Health Advisory Board. He has also established at Hopkins the Roger C. Lipitz Research and Policy Center for Integrated Health Care, which addresses ways to integrate and coordinate services ranging from acute hospital care to long-term care and self-care. He is the managing memeber of Ocean Assets, L.L.C.

 

After serving two decades as president of The Commonwealth Fund, KAREN DAVIS has returned to the John Hopkins community, where she previously chaired the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. On January 1, 2013, she was named the Eugene and Mildred Lipitz Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management and director of the Roger C. Lipitz Center for Integrated Health Care. Davis is a national leader in health policy and is frequently called on to provide guidance to individual members of Congress and the Administration on issues related to health care spending, delivery systems for the uninsured and the chronically ill, the Medicare program, and the impact of a high-performing health care system.

A native of Oklahoma, she received her PhD in economics from Rice University, which recognized her achievements with a Distinguished Alumna Award in 1991. Davis is the recipient of the 2000 Baxter-Allegiance Foundation Prize for Health Services Research. In the spring of 2001, she received an honorary doctorate in humane letters from John Hopkins University. In 2006, she was selected for the AcademyHealth Distinguished Investigator Award for significant and lasting contributions to the field of health services research in addition to the Picker Award for Excellence in the Advancement of Patient Centered Care.

Davis has published a number of significant books, monographs, and articles on health and social policy issues, including the landmark books Health Care Cost Containment, Medicare Policy, National Health Insurance: Benefits, Costs, and Consequences, and Health and the War on Poverty.