Neurosurgeon Guy Clifton to discuss his just-released ‘Flatlined: Resuscitating American Medicine’ in talk here Feb. 12 St. Thomas Newsroom February 4, 2009 Neurosurgeon Guy Clifton to discuss his just-released Flatlined:Resuscitating American Medicine in talk here Feb. 12 Neurosurgeon, health-policy advocate and author Dr. Guy Clifton will discuss his just-released book, Flatlined: Resuscitating American Medicine, in a talk from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 12, in the auditorium of Schulze Hall on the downtown campus of the University of St. Thomas. Free and open to the public, the talk is sponsored by the Health Care MBA program at the university’s Opus College of Business, in partnership with the St. Thomas-based National Institute of Health Policy. Dr. Guy Clifton A three-physician panel will respond to Clifton’s remarks. Panelists are Dr. Sanne Magnan, commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Health and former president of the Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement; Dr. Brent Asplin, chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Mayo Clinic and former department head of Emergency Medicine at Regions Hospital; and Dr. Brendon Cullinan, medical director for primary care at Hennepin County Medical Center. In his book, released Jan. 30, Clifton argues that the key to reducing health-care costs, improving quality and financially protecting the uninsured is to reduce wastefulness. Clifton will be available to sign copies of Flatlined, which can be purchased following the presentation. Clifton is the Runnells Distinguished Professor of Neurosurgery at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston and frequently has been included in Best Doctors in America. Light refreshments will be served following the presentation. While the talk is free, those planning to attend are asked to register here or call the Health Care MBA program at (651) 962-4135.