National Advisory Council for Healthcare Research and Quality (NAC)


Biographies for members of the National Advisory Council for Healthcare Research and Quality.

Bruce Siegel, MD, MPH (Chair) (2014)

Dr. Siegel has an extensive background in health care management, policy, and public health. Before joining the National Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems (NAPH), he served as Director of the Center for Health Care Quality and Professor of Health Policy at the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services, and previously served as President and Chief Executive Officer of two NAPH member organizations: Tampa General Healthcare and the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation. In addition, Dr. Siegel has served as Commissioner of Health of the State of New Jersey. He has led groundbreaking work on quality and equity for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, as well as projects for the Commonwealth Fund, the California Endowment, and AHRQ. Dr. Siegel was named by Modern Healthcare as one of the "50 most influential physician executives" in 2011. He chairs AHRQ's National Advisory Council.

Dr. Siegel earned an AB degree from Princeton University, a medical degree from Cornell University Medical College, and master's of public health degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health.

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David Joseph Ballard, MD, MSPH, PhD, FACP (2016)

Dr. Ballard is the Chief Quality Officer of Baylor Scott & White Health (BSWH), the largest not-for-profit health care system in Texas. He joined the Baylor Health Care System (BHCS) in 1999 as its first Chief Quality Officer. He serves on the Board of Managers of The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano and of the BHCS-Kessler/Select rehabilitation and long-term care joint venture. Dr. Ballard also is a member of the Executive Committee of the High Value Healthcare Collaborative.

In July 2011, Dr. Ballard was appointed as President of the BHCS (now BSWH), STEEEP (Safe, Timely, Effective, Efficient, Equitable, Patient-Centered) Global Institute to provide health care performance improvement solutions to health care organizations throughout the world. In 2012, Dr. Ballard was selected as chair of the newly formed BHCS STEEEP/Best Care Governance Council to set strategy and direction for operational functions related to STEEEP care across BHCS, which is now scaled across BSWH under Dr. Ballard's leadership.

Dr. Ballard serves on the editorial boards of Health Services Research, the Journal of Comparative Effectiveness Research and the Mayo Clinic Proceedings (as Health Policy Section Editor) and has served in many leadership roles in the field of medicine. He is a 1995 recipient of the AcademyHealth New Investigator Award, given annually to the outstanding health services research scholar in the United States less than 40 years of age, and a 2012 recipient of the John M. Eisenberg Article-of-the-Year in Health Services Research. His book, Achieving STEEEP Health Care, which was published in 2013, achieved the Shingo Research Award for its contributions to operational excellence.

A native of Lexington, Kentucky, Dr. Ballard graduated with Academic Distinction from The Lawrenceville School. A board-certified internist, he trained at the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine following completion of degrees in chemistry, economics, epidemiology, and medicine at the University of North Carolina (UNC). Dr. Ballard held progressive academic appointments as Assistant and then Associate Professor at the Mayo Medical School, as Associate Professor with tenure at the University of Virginia School of Medicine, and as Professor of Medicine with tenure in the Emory University School of Medicine and Professor of Epidemiology in The Rollins School of Public Health of Emory University.

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Gregory Baker, RPh (2015)

Mr. Baker is the Director of On-Site Pharmacy Operations at Take Care Health, a Walgreens Health and Wellness Company, where he provides strategic and operational leadership to the Walgreens Employer Solutions Group. An experienced pharmacy leader, he is responsible for corporate pharmacy initiatives, management and oversight of Walgreens' regional pharmacy directors, and coordination of programs across the country. Previously, he held the position of Pharmacy Supervisor for Walgreens in Louisville, Kentucky for 10 years. His pharmacy practice experience spans 20 years. In that time, Mr. Baker has worked with local Medicaid providers as well as State and local departments of health to expand the role of the pharmacist within population health, from smoking cessation to chronic disease management. He is a graduate of Purdue University and an American Pharmacists Association appointee to the Pharmacy Quality Alliance Specialty Pharmacy workgroup.

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Francis J. Crosson, MD (2015)

Dr. Crosson is the Vice President of Physician Satisfaction in Care Delivery and Payment at the American Medical Association. Previously, he was the founding Executive Director of The Permanente Federation, the national organization of the Permanente Medical Groups, the physician component of Kaiser Permanente. He also served as a Senior Fellow in the Kaiser Permanente Institute for Health Policy, where he co-authored the book "Partners in Health: How Physicians and Hospitals Can Be Accountable Together."

Dr. Crosson is Past Chair of the Governing Board of the American Medical Group Association (AMGA). In 2002, Dr. Crosson founded and led for 10 years the Council of Accountable Physician Practices, an AMGA affiliate. He served for 9 years on the California Medical Association Board of Trustees and on the Congressional Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) from 2004 to 2010. He was appointed Vice Chairman of MedPAC from 2009 to 2010. He is a graduate of the Kaiser Permanente Executive Program at Stanford Business School.

Dr. Crosson received an undergraduate degree in political science and a medical degree from Georgetown University. He completed a residency in pediatrics at the New England Medical Center Hospital and a fellowship in infectious diseases at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics. He served as a physician in the U.S. Navy at the Bethesda National Naval Medical Center from 1973 to 1975.

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Jane Durney Crowley, MHA (2014)

Ms. Crowley has served as Executive Vice President of Catholic Health Partners (CHP) since 2000, providing leadership in quality and patient safety, information technology, physician services, payor partnerships, supply chain, human resources, strategic planning, corporate communications, clinical integration, and CHP's Captive Insurance Company. Previously, she served with Bon Secours Health System for 17 years as a hospital administrator, on the corporate staff in marketing and operations, and as Chief Executive Officer of Bon Secours Baltimore Health System. Ms. Crowley has a passion for Catholic health care, is values-centered, finds a mission focus to be motivational, and as an inclusive leader, blends analysis with a highly relational style. She earned a bachelor's degree in nursing from The University of North Carolina and a master's of health administration from the Medical College of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University.

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Shari Davidson (2016)

Ms. Davidson is vice president of the National Business Group on Health's Institute on Health Care Costs and Solutions. The Business Group is a non-profit organization devoted exclusively to representing large employers' perspectives on national health policy issues and providing practical solutions to its members' most important health care problems. She is responsible for the Institute on Health Care Costs and Solutions (including the National Committee on Evidence-Based Benefit Design, the National Leadership Committee on Consumerism and Engagement, the Payment and Delivery Reform: Employer and Health Plans Committee and the National Committee on Pharmacy Benefits and Personalized Medicine) and the annual Business Health Agenda conference.

Previously, Ms. Davidson was vice president of benefits at Visant Corporation (Visant). At Visant, she was responsible for the design, finance, communication and administration of health, welfare and wellness programs, retirement plans, Human Resources Information Systems, and payroll. Visant was named a Best Employer for Healthy Lifestyles® 7 years in a row and had medical trend well below the national average. Prior to joining Visant, Ms. Davidson worked for a large printing company, Quebecor World, for 8 years in a similar capacity and spent 8 years as a benefits consultant with Hewitt and William M. Mercer.

Before joining the staff, Ms. Davidson was an active member of the Business Group for 12 years, including being a founding member and co-chair of the Institute on Health Care Costs and Solutions, a founding member of the Institute on the Costs and Health Effects of Obesity, now the Institute on Innovation in Workforce Well-being, and a participant on the National Committee on Evidence-Based Benefit Design and the Public Policy Advisory Group. She served on the Client Advisory Boards for Anthem BlueCross BlueShield (as chair of the Clinical Strategy and Measurement Initiative Group), CVS Caremark, Castlight and Truven, and on the Special Expertise Panel for Total Rewards/Compensation and Benefits for the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).

Ms. Davidson received her B.S. in human development and family studies from Cornell University. She earned her certified employee benefit specialist (CEBS) designation from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Mary Fermazin, MD, MPA (2016)

Dr. Fermazin is vice president for health policy & quality measurement for the Health Services Advisory Group (HSAG). In this role, she provides leadership for medical, quality measurement, long-term care, and health disparity aspects of HSAG's quality studies. She also serves as the chief medical officer for HSAG's Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) program in California and is the project director for the CMS Measures Management Special Project. In her capacity as the project director for the CMS Measures Management Special Project—a position she has held since the inception of the program in 2003—Dr. Fermazin provides clinical leadership and expertise in measurement methodologies related to the design, development, and subsequent evolutions of the Measures Management System (MMS); ensures soundness of measurement policies incorporated in the MMS Blueprint; acts as the primary liaison with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), National Quality Forum (NQF), and major measure developers; and provides overall direction related to implementation of all contract tasks.

Prior to her work at HSAG, she established statewide medical policies and utilization review criteria and evaluated new benefits and medical technology at the California Department of Health Services. As chief of the State's Office of Clinical Standards and Quality, she established quality improvement strategies for the oversight of the Medicaid managed care program. She also served on the NCQA Committee for Performance Measurement, responsible for the development of the Health Plans Employer Data Information Set, now called the Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS®).

Dr. Fermazin is a general internist with a master's degree in public administration. She has more than 25 years of health care industry experience as a physician, medical quality consultant, and quality improvement and measurement expert.

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Andrea Gelzer, MD, MS, FACP (2015)

Dr. Gelzer is the Corporate Chief Medical Officer for the AmeriHealth Caritas Family of Companies. As such, Dr. Gelzer is responsible for overseeing the medical management strategy, medical policy development, quality management, corporate provider network strategy, and medical informatics for all AmeriHealth Caritas health plans.

Before joining AmeriHealth Caritas, Dr. Gelzer served as the Chief Medical Officer for Boston Medical Center HealthNet Plan, a managed care plan providing coverage for Medicaid and other low-income residents in Massachusetts. Dr. Gelzer also served in multiple roles, including Senior Vice President of Clinical Public Affairs at CIGNA Corporation, and worked in private practice in internal medicine for 16 years.

Dr. Gelzer earned her undergraduate degree from Tufts University and her doctor of medicine from St. George's University. She also received a master of science degree in preventive medicine/administrative medicine at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians.

Dr. Gelzer currently serves on the March of Dimes National Public Policy Council. She has previously served on numerous boards, including eHealth Connecticut, and as a Commissioner for the Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology and a liaison representative to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices. She is also a member of the National Quality Forum's Perinatal Care and Reproductive Health Steering Committee and America's Health Insurance Plans Chief Medical Officer's Leadership Council.

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Leon L. Haley, Jr, MD, MHSA, FACEP (2015)

Dr. Haley is the Deputy Senior Vice President of Medical Affairs and Chief of Emergency Medicine for the Grady Health System, Vice Chairman for Grady Clinical Affairs, and Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at Emory University.

A Pittsburgh native, Dr. Haley holds degrees from Brown University and the Universities of Pittsburgh and Michigan. Dr. Haley is board certified in emergency medicine and a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians.

He is a member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, the American College of Healthcare Executives, and the American College of Physician Executives. He is a previous member of the Institute of Medicine Committee on Health and Insurance Status. Dr. Haley has received research funding from the Department of Defense, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Healthcare Foundation of Georgia.

Dr. Haley has several honors and awards, including the Atlanta Business Chronicles' Healthcare Heroes and "Up and Comers" awards, Georgia Trend Magazine's "40 Leaders Under 40," and the Georgia Association of Physician Assistants Physician of the Year Award.

Dr. Haley serves or has served on the boards of the Grady Foundation, National Public Health and Hospital Institute, Leadership Atlanta, Society for Academic Emergency Medicine, Camp Twin Lakes, Girls on the Run, Inc., Junior League of Atlanta Community Advisory Board, and Griffith Leadership Center and is a member of the Omega Psi Phi and Sigma Pi Phi fraternities.

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Ann L. Hendrich, RN, PhD, FAAN  (2016)

Dr. Hendrich is the Senior Vice President as well as the Chief Quality/Safety and Nursing Officer and serves as Executive Director of the Ascension Health Patient Safety Organization (PSO) at Ascension Health's system office, while guiding the implementation of clinical excellence and patient safety initiatives in partnership with executives, board members, and clinical officer leadership.

She holds a bachelor's degree from DePauw University, a master's degree in Adult Health and Administration, and a PhD in outcomes performance management from Loyola University, Chicago. As a 3-year Robert Wood Johnson Executive Fellow, her focus was on leading transformational organizational change.

Dr. Hendrich is the creator of the Acuity-Adaptable hospital room model. These patient rooms of the future incorporated comfort, healing, technology, and efficiency into an integrated hospital design. Her current health services research agenda focuses on the relationship between the acute-care work environment of caregivers and patient outcomes, serious safety event reduction, and numerous system-wide multidisciplinary quality initiatives. Her national multisite study, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundations and known simply as the Time and Motion study, measured the relationship between the complex hospital milieu and available caregiver time for direct patient care. She was the system principal investigator for an AHRQ-funded grant in 2010, "Healing Without Harm: A 3 Year Multi Site Demonstration Project for Perinatal Safety and Medical Liability," and serves as the Executive Director for the multimillion dollar Ascension Health Hospital Engagement Network and Leading Edge Advanced Practice Topics contract, part of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Partnership for Patients and Innovation program for Ascension Health.

Dr. Hendrich is widely published in professional journals and texts and serves as a grant reviewer for major agencies and on the Nursing Advisory Council for The Joint Commission. With a special interest in geriatrics, she is also the author of the Hendrich II Risk Model®, a predictive model for inpatient falls.

Dr. Hendrich has been recognized by Modern Healthcare as one of the Top 25 Women in Health Care. The American Organization of Nurse Executives' publication Nurse Leader highlighted her as a Nurse Leader to Watch, and she was selected as one of the Most Influential Business Women in St. Louis, Missouri. 

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Michael P. Johnson, PT, PhD, OCS (2014)

Dr. Johnson is Division Director of the Mid-Atlantic Group for the Home Health Practice at Bayada Home Health Care in Moorestown, New Jersey. He is a member of the senior leadership team and is involved in strategic planning, business development, operational support, and overall quality improvement for the practice. At Bayada, he provides operational support to five divisions in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, and Maryland and leads a multidisciplinary team of professionals in supporting all aspects of interdisciplinary home health clinical practice across 57 offices in 16 States. Dr. Johnson is a Steering Group member for the AQA Alliance, a large voluntary multistakeholder collaborative focused on improving patient safety, health care quality, and value in all settings. He also serves as a consultant for Quality Insights of Pennsylvania (a Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services Quality Improvement Organization) on the development and testing of quality measurements for use in the Physician Quality Reporting System. Dr. Johnson received a bachelor's degree from Northeastern University, a master's degree from the Medical College of Pennsylvania and Hahnemann University. and a doctorate degree in health policy from the University of the Sciences.

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Carol Matyka, MA (2015)

Ms. Matyka is a breast cancer survivor and advocate. Her main interests are primary prevention strategies, disease metastasis, and care quality.

Ms. Matyka is the National Breast Cancer Coalition (NBCC) Volunteer Field Coordinator for Massachusetts and leads the State's grassroots advocacy efforts to further NBCC's legislative and public policy agenda. Ms. Matyka has been involved in the development of care quality guidelines and measurements, has reviewed grants for several funding organizations, and is an advocate collaborator on a number of breast cancer research submissions. In 1997, Ms. Matyka helped found CARE Advocates at Tufts Medical Center, a patient advocacy group that promotes advocate involvement in programs for breast cancer patients and their families. In 2009, she joined Dana Farber/Harvard Cancer Center Breast Cancer Advocates, a group that focuses on collaborating on translational research to improve clinical care. Ms. Matyka is a graduate of the NBCC's three Project LEAD™ courses: Science Training LEAD, Clinical Trials, and Quality Care; she also serves as an advocate mentor for Science Training LEAD and on the faculty for Quality Care. Ms. Matyka holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Massachusetts-Lowell and a master's degree from the University of Michigan.

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Newell McElwee, PharmD, MSPH (2014)

Dr. McElwee is a pharmacist and epidemiologist with more than 25 years of experience in outcomes research. For the past 15 years, he has led groups of scientists in the pharmaceutical industry working in outcomes research, evidence-based medicine, health technology assessment, comparative effectiveness, quality measurement and improvement, health disparities, and payment policy. Dr. McElwee is Executive Director of the U.S. Outcomes Research Group at Merck, where he leads a group of scientists who are primarily focused in the areas of quality measurement and improvement, medication adherence, health technology assessment, and health care reform. Prior to joining Merck in April 2009, he had been Vice President of the Medical Division at Pfizer since 1998, where he developed a U.S. Outcomes Research Group and an Evidence-Based Medicine and Health Technology Assessment Group. Dr. McElwee is a member of the Steering Committee for the AHRQ Centers for Education and Research on Therapeutics, the Advisory Board for the Institute for Clinical and Economic Review at Massachusetts General Hospital, the Executive Committee for the Foundation for Managed Care Pharmacy, and the Institute of Medicine's Roundtable on Health Disparities and Inequities.

Dr. McElwee received his bachelor's degree in pharmacy from Northeast Louisiana University, his doctorate in pharmacy from Mercer University, and his master's of public health degree in epidemiology from The University of Utah. He also completed an American Society of Health-System Pharmacists residency in clinical pharmacy and a research fellowship in clinical pharmacology and toxicology.

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Victor M. Montori, MD, MSc (2015)

Dr. Montori is a diabetologist and health services researcher. He is the lead investigator of the Knowledge and Evaluation Research Unit and a Professor of Medicine at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. He serves as Director of the Healthcare Delivery Research Program at the Mayo Clinic Center for the Science of Healthcare Delivery. Dr. Montori is interested in health care delivery and outcomes for patients with chronic disease. He is on the editorial board of Annals of Internal Medicine and has authored more than 300 peer-reviewed publications in his areas of interest.

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Henry H. Ng, MD, MPH (2014)

Dr. Ng is an internist-pediatrician at MetroHealth System and Clinical Director of the PRIDE Clinic at MetroHealth Medical Center, where he developed and leads Ohio's only medical home for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) patients, providing clinical medicine services for underserved populations. He is also Assistant Professor at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine; holds appointments in the Divisions of General Internal Medicine, General Pediatrics, and Adolescent Medicine at the Center; is Assistant Program Director for the Center for Internal Medicine/Pediatrics at the Center; serves as Clinical Director for Health Services for Hispanic Children and Adolescents at the Center; and is the President-elect of the Gay Lesbian Medical Association. Dr. Ng is a graduate of Michigan State University and completed his internship, residency, and chief residency in internal medicine/pediatrics at MetroHealth Medical Center-Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. He completed his master's of public health degree at Case Western Reserve University, with a special emphasis on health promotion and disease prevention for LGBT populations. Dr. Ng is board certified in internal medicine and pediatrics.

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David F. Penson, MD, MPH (2014)

Dr. Penson is Professor of Urologic Surgery at Vanderbilt University, Director of the Center for Surgical Quality and Outcomes Research in the Vanderbilt Institute for Medicine and Public Health, and Principal Investigator of the Prostate Cancer Outcomes Study, a large population-based study of prostate cancer survivors funded by the National Cancer Institute that includes the longest longitudinal patient-reported followup in the field. He is also Principal Investigator of the CEASAR study, a comparative effectiveness study of surgery vs. radiation for localized prostate cancer that has enrolled more than 3,600 men and will determine "what works, in which patients, and in whose hands."

Dr. Penson's work has been published in a variety of journals, including the New England Journal of Medicine, Journal of the American Medical Association, Health Affairs, and Journal of the National Cancer Institute. His research and clinical efforts were recognized by the American Urological Association in 2006, when he received the prestigious Gold Cystoscope Award, given annually to the urologist who has contributed the most to the specialty in the first 10 years after completing residency.

Dr. Penson obtained his medical degree from Boston University in 1991, completed his urology residency at the University of California, Los Angeles Medical Center in 1997, completed a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar Fellowship at Yale University in 1999, and obtained an his master's of public health degree at Yale in 2000. He maintains a clinical practice in urologic oncology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

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Jean Rexford (2015)

Ms. Rexford began working in 2002 with Connecticut residents who had experienced health care harm. She has been involved in social justice for most of her adult life, as well as working to provide access to comprehensive reproductive care. Hearing patients' experiences of harm refocused her work to include health justice—working to improve the safety of all patients. In 2005, Ms. Rexford started the Connecticut Center for Patient Safety to provide an ongoing voice for the patient consumer. Using her political skills, the organization soon passed three legislative initiatives that increased transparency and accountability. At the same time, she realized that any legislation will fail if it doesn't address the fundamental systems' failure to deliver patient-centric and safe care. Today, the Connecticut Center for Patient Safety provides education outreach to nursing schools and other health care professionals throughout the State on the patient's experience in health care. Ms. Rexford serves on both State and national committees to provide the patient's voice, just one of many in the growing patient safety advocacy movement.

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Harry P. Selker, MD, MSPH (2014)

Dr. Selker is Dean of Tufts Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI), which includes eight Schools of Tufts University, nine Tufts-affiliated hospitals in Massachusetts and Maine, 10 clinical and academic organizations, 11 community-based organizations (including the Boston Museum of Science), two health plans, and five industry partners. He is Professor of Medicine at the Tufts University School of Medicine and was founding Director for 11 years of the M.S./PhD Graduate Program in Clinical and Translational Science at the Tufts Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences. At Tufts Medical Center, Dr. Selker is Executive Director of the Institute for Clinical Research and Health Policy Studies, Director of its Center for Cardiovascular Health Services Research, and Chief of the Division of Clinical Care Research in the Department of Medicine. He is President of the Society for General Internal Medicine (2011-2012), has been an active advocate for research and health policy, and has led a number of coalitions of professional and scientific organizations in support of health and research policy.

Dr. Selker's research focuses on the development of treatment strategies, decision aids, methods, and systems aimed at improving medical care, especially emergency and cardiac care; a series of studies of factors influencing emergency cardiac care; and development of cardiac "predictive instruments" as decision aids that provide emergency physicians and paramedics with predictions for their patients' likely cardiac diagnoses and outcomes for real-time use in clinical care. This and related work has included multiple large national clinical effectiveness trials. He has done research to advance clinical study design, data analysis, mathematical predictive modeling of medical outcomes, and comparative effectiveness research.

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Paul Sherman, MD, MHA (2016)

Dr. Sherman is executive medical director, Health Plan Division, and medical director for Care Systems Development at Group Health Cooperative, one of the Nation's largest consumer-governed health care systems. He leads the process of optimizing Group Health's health plan and care-delivery capabilities. He began clinical practice at Group Health in 1992 and his previous roles include associate medical director of Strategy Deployment, medical director of Consultative Specialty Services, Seattle district medical director, and chief of Pediatrics.

Dr. Sherman is a board-certified pediatrician with a bachelor of science degree from the University of Notre Dame and a doctorate of medicine from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He completed internship and residency at Seattle Children's and obtained his Master of Health Administration at the University of Washington. He currently serves on the board of Giddens School and as board president of Seattle Counseling Service.

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Patricia J. Skolnik (2016)

Ms. Skolnik is the founder and executive director of Citizens for Patient Safety. Taught by harrowing real-life experience, she is also a patient safety expert and an advocate for shared decisionmaking, informed consent, dignity for the patient and provider, and patient and provider relationships in health care. She founded Citizens for Patient Safety to promote those conversations in health care settings that are proven to reduce medical harm. Ms. Skolnik travels worldwide to educate consumers, train medical professionals, and advise lawmakers about how to foster relationships, systems, and environments where shared decisionmaking and informed consent are the working platform. Having lost her only son Michael to poor and lacking communication, Ms. Skolnik promised him to leave the medical profession better than he found it—her work through Citizens for Patient Safety is that promise in action.

Although her degree is in social work, Ms. Skolnik feels her real life experience has given her a doctorate in fostering a collaborative culture that not only permits, but also encourages patients to ask questions, seek second opinions, be presented with all options for treatment (including doing nothing), and have their values and preferences heard.

Named one of CNN's "Intriguing People," Ms. Skolnik was also invited to the White House to discuss health care. She is the proud recipient of the National MITTS HOPE Award, the Colorado Patient Safety Coalition Patient Safety Leadership Award, the Transparent Health Leadership Award, and The Colorado Trial Lawyers Consumer Protection Award in honor of her son. She is featured in the book Take Back your Government, by Colorado State Senator Morgan Carroll.

Ms. Skolnik has recently appeared on "The Today Show," "The Doctors," and many national news channels. She sits on the Board of Governors for the National Patient Safety Foundation, the National Quality & Patient Advisory Council for MedStar Health (Washington, DC/Maryland), the Consumers Union Safe Patient Project and the Board of Trustees for Colorado's 9Health Fair among others.

Her life experience has led Ms. Skolnik down a hopeful and constructive path, and along with her warm sense of humor, she brings a powerfully positive mindset about our collective responsibilities for reducing medical harm to her advocacy endeavors.

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Jed Weissberg, MD, FACP (2016)

Dr. Weissberg is the senior vice president of Hospitals, Quality and Care Delivery Excellence and Medical Director of Medicare Advantage, 1876 Cost, and Part D Pharmacy Plans at Kaiser Permanente in Oakland, CA. He is responsible for overseeing Kaiser Permanente's national quality agenda and quality assurance activities affecting Medicare members.

Dr. Weissberg has been with Kaiser Permanente for 30 years, previously serving as associate executive director for quality and performance improvement for The Permanente Federation and physician in chief of the Fremont Medical Center.

Upon receiving a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and his M.D. from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Dr. Weissberg completed his internal medicine residency at Boston City Hospital and fellowships at Stanford University School of Medicine in gastroenterology and at the VA Hospital in Palo Alto in alcoholism and substance abuse.

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Internet Citation: National Advisory Council for Healthcare Research and Quality (NAC): Biographies. April 2014. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.