Sidney Wolfe

Health Research Group Founder and Senior Adviser, Public Citizen

Prior to co-founding the Health Research Group with Ralph Nader in 1971, Sidney M. Wolfe, M.D. began working at the National Institutes of Health in 1966, where he did research on aspects of blood-clotting and on alcoholism. Dr. Wolfe met Ralph Nader in Washington, D.C. at a meeting of the American Patients Association, began advising Mr. Nader on health problems in America and helped in the recruitment of medical student volunteers who worked for Mr. Nader.

Dr. Wolfe was the director of the Health Research Group from its creation in 1971 until June 2013, when he stepped into the role of senior adviser.

Since 1995 he has been an Adjunct Professor of Internal Medicine at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. His medical degree is from Case Western University in Cleveland, Ohio and his internship and residency were in internal medicine. He is currently a member of the Society for General Internal Medicine.

His awards include receiving the MacArthur Foundation Fellowship in 1990.