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Profiles in Primary Care
March 10, 1999

Sam Ho, MD

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliation: Dr Mullan is clinical professor of pediatrics and health care sciences at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Washington, DC, and a contributing editor of the journal Health Affairs, which is published by Project HOPE, Bethesda, Md.


Edited by Roxanne K. Young, Associate Editor.

JAMA. 1999;281(10):947-951. doi:10.1001/jama.281.10.947

Sam Ho, MD , calls himself a practitioner of public health—private-sector, market-driven, equal-opportunity, for-profit public health. Ho is vice president and corporate medical director of PacifiCare Health Systems based in Santa Ana, California. Forty-six years old, he is the corporate medical director of a company with tens of thousands of contracting physicians providing health care to 3.8 million people in 11 states and Guam. His domain is not STD tracking and restaurant checks but rather what he calls "population medicine"—outcomes management, quality measurement, physician report cards, and the company's "clinical data warehouse."