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Gail Povar, MD

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Gail Povar MD Gail Povar MD



  • Clinical Professor of Medicine
Medical Biography
Clinical Interests
  • Preventive Medicine
  • Patient Education and Wellness
  • Providing first contact, coordinated and comprehensive care to adults and adolescents
  • Medical School
    • University of Vermont
  • Residency
    • George Washington University
Board Certified
  • Internal Medicine

Dr. Povar is a practicing internist in Silver Spring, Maryland, as well as, a clinical professor of Medicine at The George Washington University School of Medicine.  In addition, she chairs the George Washington University Hospital Ethics Committee. Dr. Povar has authored over 30 peer reviewed articles, co-edited/authored two books, and has written several chapters for others, including the Encyclopedia of Bioethics.  She has lectured throughout the United States on subjects related to health policy and ethics, from the physician’s obligations in the context of managed care, to end-of-life concerns, to ethical issues in defining and delivering high quality health care.  She has served on committees of the Hastings Center for Ethics, the National Institutes of Health, and the Institute of Medicine, and the National Council on Quality Assurance.
A fellow of the Kennedy Institute of Ethics from 1988 to 2002, Dr. Povar also was awarded a Kellogg National Leadership Fellowship to study the role of ethical issues in the allocation of health care resources internationally between 1985-88.  In 1993, she was selected as a U.S. Public Health Service Primary Care Policy Fellow.  From 1994–2000, she served on the Ethics and Human Rights Committee of the American College of Physicians, and from   2000-2002, Dr. Povar chaired a joint project of the Pilgrim-Harvard Community Health Plan and the American College of Physicians, funded by the Soros Foundation, to develop a Code of Professional Ethics in Managed Care. 
Dr. Povar has been recognized multiple times in both Washingtonian Magazine and Washington Checkbook as an outstanding primary care internist.