December 23, 1999

President Clinton Appoints Two San Diegans to Eight Member U.S.-Mexico Border Health Commission

The President has announced the appointment of Dr. Rosemarie Marshall Johnson and Blair Sadler both of San Diego as member of the U.S., section of the United States-Mexico Border Health Commission. Also appointed were Amanda Aguirre, Jeffrey Brandon, Carlos Rene Gonzales, Laurance N. Nickey, Catherine Torres, and Paul Villas. The appointees are joined by William Reynolds Archer, Diana M. Bonta, James L. Schamadan, and J. Alex Valdez, the principal state health officials from the four U.S. border states of Texas, California, Arizona, and New Mexico respectively. Secretary Donna E. Shalala serves as the Chair of the U.S. Section.

Dr. Rosemarie Marshall Johnson is the Vice Speaker of the House of the California Medical Association and an Associate Clinical Professor of Anesthesiology at the School of Medicine at the University of California at San Diego. She has taught at Georgetown University, Walter Reed Army Hospital, Bethesda Naval Hospital, and the University of California. She has also held appointments at several California hospitals and served in numerous professional organizations, including as President of the San Diego County Medical Society and as of the California Society of Anesthesiologists. Dr. Johnson received her B.A. from Mount Holyoke College and her M.D. from Georgetown University.

Mr. Blair L. Sadler, of La Jolla, California, has served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Children's Hospital and Health Center of San Diego since 1980. Prior to his appointment at Children's Hospital, Sadler served as Vice President and Director of the hospital and clinics at Scripps Clinical and Research Foundation for three years. He served as a law clerk with the Superior Court of Pennsylvania and as a medical-legal specialist for the National Institutes of Health. While on the faculty at Yale Medical School, Sadler served as Co-Director of the Trauma Program and helped design a two-year curriculum to train physician assistants. After Yale, Sadler served for four years as Assistant Vice President at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in Princeton, New Jersey, the largest foundation specializing in health care.

The Government of the United States and the Government of Mexico have initiated discussions on the creation of the United States-Mexico Border Health Commission and seek to conclude an agreement in the coming year. The appointment of members of the U.S. Section will allow the U.S. Section to move forward with its planning efforts in anticipation of the binational commission. The Commission was authorized by the United States-Mexico Border Health Commission Act (Public Law 103-400), and is charged with finding ways to improve the health status of Americans living along the border.

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