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John A. Kastor (A.B. with honors, University of Pennsylvania, M.D., New York University), is Professor of Medicine Emeritus at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. He trained in internal medicine at Bellevue and New York University (now Tisch) hospitals and in cardiology at the Massachusetts General Hospital, where he was appointed to the staff and to the faculty of the Harvard Medical School. From 1969 to 1983, he worked at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine where he became Professor of Medicine in 1976 and Chief of the Cardiovascular Division in 1977. From 1984 to 1997, Dr. Kastor was Theodore E. Woodward Professor of Medicine and Chairman of the Department of Medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and Chief of the Medical Service at the University of Maryland Hospital.
Dr. Kastor was the editor of the Health Policy section of The Pharos, the journal of Alpha Omega Alpha honor medical society, of which he is a mamber. Among other professional organizations, he is a member of the Association of American Physicians and the American Osler Society. Dr.Kastor formerly consulted with academic medical centers, medical schools, and teaching hospitals about governance, organization, and related topics.
Before entering medical school, Dr. Kastor served in the U.S. Army Signal Corps (1953-1955) and was employed by the National Broadcasting Company (1956-1958) as page, management trainee, and floor manager.
governance of medical centers and the mechanisms, diagnosis, and management of cardiac arrhythmias
- Arrhythmias. 2nd edition.Philadelphia, W. B. Saunders, 2000.
- Mergers of Teaching Hospitals in Boston, New York, and Northern California (University of Michigan Press, 2001)
- Governance of Teaching Hospitals: Turmoil at Penn & Hopkins.Johns Hopkins University Press, 2004.
- Specialty Care in the Era of Managed Care: Cleveland Clinic versus University Hospitals of Cleveland (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2005.)
- You and your Arrhythmia: A Guide to Cardiac Arrhythmias for Patients and Families. (Jones and Bartlett Publisher, 2006.)
- Selling Teaching Hospitals and Practice Plans: George Washington & Georgetown Universities (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008.)
- National Institutes of Health 1991-2008 (Oxford University Press, 2010.)
- Will health reform reduce costs? The Pharos 2010;Winter:35-36.
- Failure of the Merger of the Mount Sinai and NYU Hospitals and Medical Schools: Parts 1 and 2. (Academic Medicine 2010;85:1823-1827, 1828-1832.)
- Accountable Care Organizations in Academic Medical Centers. N Engl J Med. 2011; 364:e11. NEJMp1013221
- Maryland’s Hospital Cost Review Commission at 40. A Model for the Country. Eli Adashi, coauthor. JAMA 2011;306:1137-1138.
- The Cleveland Clinic Institute System Is the Right Structure for Academic Health Centers in the 21st Century. Academic Medicine 2012;87:558.
- The Traditional Departmental Model Is the Right Structure for Academic Health Centers in the 21st Century. Academic Medicine 2012;87:559.
- Chairman of a Department of Medicine: Now a Different Job. Academic Medicine 2013;88:912–913.
The governance of medical centers and the mechanisms, diagnosis, and management of cardiac arrhythmias have been his principal research and clinical interests.