Jerome H. Grossman, MD
Co-founder and board member of First Hand Medical. Dr. Grossman was the Director, Harvard’s Kennedy School Health Care Delivery Policy Program. He led the medical invention discovery process as Chairman of the Eureka Medical Advisory Board evaluating Doctor developed inventions. His vision has led to a dedicated effort for improving the delivery of healthcare through less invasive devices and procedures, like the Carpal Solution Therapy.
Dr. Grossman’s was a Senior Fellow at Harvard and the Director of the Health Care Delivery Project. His expertise in the health care systems and his experience in developing community support has led to many reforms of healthcare delivery system. A natural leader, he brings a high level of pragmatic insight into everything he does. He served as Chairman and CEO of New England Medical Center in Boston from 1979 to 1995 and Professor of Medicine at Tufts.
He served as Chairman and CEO of New England Medical Center from 1979 to 1995 and Professor of Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine. He was also an Adjunct Professor of Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine and Honorary Physician at the Massachusetts General Hospital where he served full-time from 1966 to 1979. Grossman was a member of the founding team of several health care companies, including Meditech, a medical software company, as well as Tufts Associated Health Plan, Chartwell Home Therapies, and Transition Systems, Inc., a medical care information management company.
Named to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences in 1984, he has served as Chairman of four committees on issues concerning utilization management and guidelines. He also has served on the Committee for Quality of Health Care in America.
Dr. Grossman was the first IOM member to Chair a National Academy of Engineering Committee on the Impact of Academic Research on Industrial Performance, and served as Co-chairman of the NAE/IOM Workshop on Engineering and Health Care Delivery Systems.
In 1999, he was appointed to the National Academies Council on Government-University-Industry Research Roundtable (GUIRR). Grossman also served as Scholar-in-Residence at the Institute in 1996. While at New England Medical Center, Dr. Grossman founded The Health Institute in 1988, whose work involves research and development programs and practical applications in the area of medical outcome, functional health status, the relationship of doctors and patients, and the relationship of the health status to other non-biologic factors in society-at-large, such as income and education.
He consistently supported the increased utilization of less invasive treatment modalities, like the Carpal Solution Therapy, to prevent surgery, reduce the load on the healthcare system and reduce health care costs, downtime and risks for patients. He has a strong commitment to movement to drive medical treatment from more expensive venues and invasive procedures to the home where patients can treat themselves. Moving treatment from the operating room to the clinic and from the clinic to the home is a win/win/win for all stakeholders.
He served as a director/trustee of a number of organizations including: The Mayo Clinic Foundation, Penn Medicine (University of Pennsylvania Medical School and Health System), the Stryker Corporation, Landacorp, and the Committee for Economic Development. His past services include the Board of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston from 1990 to 1997 serving as chairman from 1994 to 1997, Wellesley College and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Dr. Grossman was the Chair for the panel of medical experts on the Eureka Medical Advisory Board. They are charged to search for new innovations developed by medical professionals working with patients. Eureka Medical has found that coupling an independent expert panel together with a specialized practitioner / inventor in an objective setting creates synergy, unique insight and evaluation speed for medical devices that cannot be achieved in any other way. Dr. Morgan and the Carpal Solution Therapy is a wonderful example of the application of this innovation process at its best. It is gratifying to know that so many people are being helped at home at a much lower cost and with less burden to the healthcare system.
Dr Grossman passed away a few years ago after a long distinguished career leading medical delivery innovation. One of his final achievements was helping commercialize the Carpal Solution Therapy.