Thomas P. Stossel

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Thomas P. Stossel is professor at the Department of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Translational Medicine and Hematology Divisions, Brigham and Women's Hospital. Stossel is a senior fellow of the Manhattan Institute[1]. He is also a member of the "Trustees and Founders Circle" of the American Council on Science and Health (ACSH).[2] Stossel was appointed to ACSH's Board of Trustees in June 2006.[3]

A note appended to an article by Stossel published in the British Medical Journal in early 2008 stated that he "is on the boards of directors and owns stock options in ZymeQuest and Critical Biologics Corporations, and his employer has licensed intellectual property to these companies, which may result in his receiving milestone payments, royalties and in the stock options having financial value. He receives fees for speaking to corporations and other organisations on the topic of conflict of interest. He has served on scientific advisory boards for Biogen, Dyax, and Merck."[4] In the summer of 2009, he found the Association of Clinical Researchers and Educators, a front group designed to combat the idea that doctors are influenced by money from pharmaceutical groups.[1]

In 2009, Stossel testified to Congress that corporate money does not corrupt medicine."[5] He was taken to task by Senator Al Franken for relying on anecdotes instead of data to make his points."[6]


A biographical note on the the ACSH website states that Stossel was "educated at Princeton University and Harvard Medical School. He trained in internal medicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital and in hematology at Boston Children's and Peter Bent Brigham Hospitals. He was head of Hematology and Oncology at Massachusetts General Hospital from 1976 until 1991, was Co-Director of the Hematology Division at Brigham & Women's Hospital through 2006. From 1976-1980 he was a consultant to the U.S. Department of State, investigating effects of microwaves on U.S. Embassy personnel in Moscow."[2]

Personal life

Stossel has two children, both editors at The Atlantic[7]. He is the older brother of John Stossel[8], of Fox Business Network and Fox News.

Articles and Resources


  1. Manhattan Institute (2009). Thomas P. Stossel. Manhattan Institute. Retrieved on 2009-09-17.
  2. 2.0 2.1 American Council on Science and Health, "Trustees and Founders Circle", accessed March 2008.
  3. "ACSH Elects New Members to Its Board of Trustees", Media Release, June 29, 2006.
  4. Thomas P. Stossel, "Has the hunt for conflicts of interest gone too far? Yes", British Medical Journal, March 1, 2008. (Subscription req'd).
  5. United States Senate Special Committee on Aging, "Medical Research and Education: Higher Learning or Higher Earning?" , July 29, 2009.
  6. Paul Thacker, "The Association of Clinical Researchers and Educators: A Cult Narrative for the Grumpy Old Men of Medicine", Project On Government Oversight, Jul 21, 2011.
  7. Thomas P. Stossel. Manhattan Institute. Retrieved on 2009-09-17.
  8. NNDB for John Stossel.

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