For 23 years, I was an attorney in the Division of Investment Management at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington, D.C. I retired in 2014.
I expect many of my posts to focus on health and medicine. I became interested in medical research while researching treatment options for my then-teenage daughter, who has heterozygous familial hypercholesterolemia, a genetic disease that causes very high LDL-cholesterol. I am a member of the Walking Gallery of Healthcare. In addition, I am a member/administrator of the Familial Hypercholesterolemia (FH) Discussion Group on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/47098836197/). In September 2013, I became a member of the editorial board of Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes, one of the American Heart Association journals. I edit a series of articles by patients or their family members (listed here). From November 2013 to September 2015, I was a member of the ABIM Assessment 2020 Task Force. I am also a patient reviewer for BMJ and a member of the stakeholder engagement committee for C3FIT, a trial of post-stroke care, funded by PCORI. I am a member of the Society for Participatory Medicine and helped edit the SPM newsletter (currently inactive).
Contact me at mannm at comcast.net. Follow me on Twitter @MarilynMann.
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Disclosures: My husband and I have invested primarily in the Thrift Savings Plan and in mutual funds. However, after my mother died in March 2020, I inherited some individual stocks and bonds, including some stocks and bonds issued by certain drug and device manufacturers and a health insurance company. Some of these securities were held in an IRA or received a step-up in basis at my mother’s death, and I was able to sell them without major tax consequences. However, some of these securities received a step-up in basis at my father’s death in 2006 and did not receive another step-up in basis at my mother’s death. Selling these latter securities will cause me to incur large capital gains. According, my plan is to sell them over the next couple of years, to spread out the capital gains taxes. Long story short, I currently hold stock of Abbott Laboratories, Johnson & Johnson, Stryker Corp, and UnitedHealth Group, and a bond issued by Medtronic. Update 10/29/2020: the Medtronic bond was redeemed. Update 1/5/2021: I sold the UnitedHealth Group stock.