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Panelist: Betsy McCaughey, PhD
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Founder and Chairman of the
Committee to Reduce Infection Deaths (RID)
New York, NY

Dr. McCaughey, former Lieutenant Governor of the state of New York, is founder and Chairman of the Committee to Reduce Infection Deaths (RID) –  a national campaign to support greater infection control in hospitals and other healthcare institutions. Her research on how to prevent infection deaths has been featured on ABC's Good Morning America, the CBS Morning Show, 20/20, Dateline NBC, and many other national television and radio programs. And her steps that patients can take to help protect themselves from infection was featured recently in the Wall Street Journal.

Before entering politics, McCaughey had a distinguished career as a college professor and scholar. She served as the John M. Olin Fellow at the Manhattan Institute, held a postdoctoral fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities, and taught at Vassar College and Columbia University. She earned her master's degree and Ph.D. from Columbia University and her undergraduate degree from Vassar College, where she was awarded a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship, Herbert H. Lehman Fellowship, John Jay Fellowship, Honorary Vassar Fellowship, Bancroft Dissertation Award, and the Richard B. Morris Prize.

McCaughey's writings on health, education, and the law have appeared in many national publications, including Los Angeles Times, The New Republic, The New York Times, USA Today, U.S. News & World Report, and The Wall Street Journal. Her 1994 analysis of the Clinton health plan won the H.L. Mencken Award and the National Magazine Award for the best article in the nation on public policy.

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