MacArthur Fellows Program

Andrew McGuire

Trauma Prevention Specialist | Class of 1985

Trauma Prevention Specialist
San Francisco, California
40 at time of award
Area of Focus
Health Policy
Published July 1, 1985

About Andrew's Work

Andrew McGuire is a public policy expert who works in the area of injury and violence prevention.

In 1978, he began a campaign for fire-safe cigarettes, which led to the passage of the Federal Cigarette Safety Acts of 1985 and 1990.  Later, he organized the California Coalition to Reduce Car Crash Injuries, which assisted in passage of a mandatory seatbelt law.  McGuire is also a filmmaker.  His first feature-length documentary, Here’s Looking At You, Kid (1980), portrayed the rehabilitation of a seven-year-old boy who had suffered a seventy-five-percent, full-thickness burn injury.  His second film, Heroic Measures (1982), examined the ethical questions surrounding the resuscitation of people who have been severely burned.


McGuire is the founder and executive director of the Trauma Foundation, an incubator organization for projects committed to the prevention of traumatic injuries.  He also serves as the executive director of Health Care for All – California, a nonprofit organization working for high-quality, universal, single-payer health care.  He has contributed articles to such publications as the Journal of Public Health Policy and the Injury Prevention Journal, among others. 

McGuire received a B.A. (1971) from Sonoma State University.

Recent News

Since 2010, Andrew McGuire has served as executive director of California OneCare.

Updated July 2015

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