National Advisory Council for Healthcare Research and Quality

The National Advisory Council for Healthcare Research and Quality provides advice and recommendations to AHRQ's director and to the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on priorities for a national health services research agenda.


Overview | Meetings | Members | NAC Coordinators


The 21-member panel is comprised of private-sector experts who contribute a varied perspective on the health care system and the most important questions that AHRQ's research should address in order to promote improvements in the quality, outcomes, and cost-effectiveness of clinical practice. The private-sector members represent health care plans, providers, purchasers, consumers, and researchers.

Also serving in an ex-officio capacity are principal representatives of seven Federal agencies that address health care system issues: The National Institutes of Health (NIH); the Department of Defense (Health Affairs) (DoD); the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC); the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA); the Office of Personnel Management (OPM); the Food and Drug Administration (FDA); the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS, formerly the Health Care Financing Administration [HCFA]); and the Assistant Secretary for Health.

Private-sector members are appointed by the Secretary, HHS, to serve 3-year terms. A list of current members follows. Biographies are available as a group or individually by selecting the member's name.

For more details about the Council, please go to the Council Charter Documents.

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Council meetings are open to the public. Please check the Federal Register Notice of Public Meeting to confirm meeting times and location.

Meeting minutes:

April 22, 2016
November 3, 2015
July 24, 2015
March 27, 2015
November 7, 2014
July 25, 2014
April 4, 2014
November 15, 2013
July 26, 2013
April 12, 2013
November 9, 2012
July 13, 2012
April 13, 2012
November 4, 2011
July 22, 2011
April 8, 2011
November 5, 2010
July 23, 2010
April 9, 2010
November 13, 2009

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Elizabeth A. McGlynn, Ph.D. (Chair) (2017)
Director, Kaiser Permanente Center for Effectiveness and Safety Research
Kaiser Permanente
100 S. Los Robles, 3rd Floor
Pasadena, CA  91101
Phone: (626) 564-3800

David J. Ballard, M.D., Ph.D., M.S.P.H., FACP (2016)
Chief Quality Officer, Baylor Scott & White Health
President, STEEEP Global Institute, Baylor Scott & White Health
Suite 900 LB 77
8080 North Central Expressway
Dallas, TX 75206
Phone: (214) 265-3670

Alice S. Bast (2018)
Chief Executive Officer
Beyond Celiac
P.O. Box 544
Ambler, PA 19002
Phone: (267) 419-2100

Christina J. Calamaro, Ph.D., CRNP (2018)
Director of Research for Nursing
Nemours Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children
1600 Rockland Road
Wilmington, DE 19803
Phone: (302) 651-4716

Shari Davidson (2016)
Vice President
National Business Group on Health
20 F Street, NW, Suite 200
Washington, DC 20001
Phone: (202) 558-3034

Jennifer E. DeVoe, M.D., M.Phil., M.C.R., D.Phil., (2017)
Associate Professor
Department of Family Medicine, Mailcode FM
Oregon Health and Science University
3181 SW Sam Jackson Park Road
Portland, OR 97239
Phone: (503) 494-2826

Robert S. Dittus, M.D., M.P.H. (2018)
Executive Vice President for Public Health and Health Care
Director, Institute for Medicine and Public Health
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Senior Associate Dean for Population Health Sciences
Vanderbilt University
6000 Medical Center East
Nashville, TN  37232-8300
Phone: (615) 322-7916

José Julio Escarce, M.D., Ph.D. (2018)
Professor of Medicine, David Geffen School of Medicine
Professor of Health Policy and Management
Fielding School of Public Health
University of California, Los Angeles
Third Floor, 911 Broxton Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90024
Phone: (310) 998-7190

Mary Fermazin, MD, MPA (2016)
Vice President, Health Policy and Quality Management
Chief Medical Officer, California
Health Services Advisory Group, Inc.
3133 East Camelback Road, Suite 300
Phoenix, AZ 85016
Phone: (602) 801-6760

Donald A. Goldmann, M.D. (2018)
Chief Medical and Scientific Officer
Institute for Healthcare Improvement
Clinical Professor of Pediatrics
Harvard Medical School
Professor of Immunology and Infectious Diseases, and Epidemiology
Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health
Seventh Floor, 20 University Road
Cambridge, MA  02138
Phone: (617) 301-4800

Kevin L. Grumbach, M.D. (2017)
Professor, Step 8
Family and Community Medicine
School of Medicine
University of California, San Francisco
1001 Potrero Avenue, SFGH BLDG 80, WD 83
San Francisco, CA  94110
Phone: (415) 206-6892

Ann L. Hendrich, RN, PhD, FAAN (2016)
Senior Vice President, Quality and Safety
Chief Nursing Officer
Executive Director, Patient Safety Organization
Ascension Health
4600 Edmundson Road
St. Louis, MO 63134
Phone: (314) 733-8188
Fax : (314) 733-8005

Mary D. Naylor, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N. (2017)
Marian S. Ware Professor in Gerontology
Director, NewCourtland Center for Transitions and Health
University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing
418 Curie Boulevard, Claire M. Fagin Hall RM 341
Philadelphia, PA  19104-4217
Phone: (215) 898-6088

Monica E. Peek, M.D., M.P.H., M.Sc. (2018)
Associate Professor of Medicine
Section of General Internal Medicine
Associate Director
Chicago Center for Diabetes Translation Research
Director of Research
MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics
The University of Chicago
MC 2007
5841 South Maryland Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637
Phone: (773) 702-2083

Lucy A. Savitz, Ph.D., M.B.A. (2018)
Assistant Vice President for Delivery System Science
Institute for Healthcare Delivery Research
Intermountain Healthcare
16th Floor, 36 South State Street
Salt Lake City, UT 84111-1633
Phone: (801) 442-3592

J. Sanford (Sandy) Schwartz, M.D. (2017)
Leon Hess Professor of Medicine and Health Management & Economics
Perelman School of Medicine and Wharton School of Business
University of Pennsylvania
Blockley Hall #1101
423 Guardian Drive
Philadelphia, PA  19104-6021
Phone: (215) 898-3563

Paul E. Sherman, M.D., M.H.A., CPE, FAAP (2016)
Executive Medical Director
Health Plan Division
Medical Director
Care Systems Development
Group Health Physicians
Suite 100
320 Westlake Avenue, North
Seattle, WA 98109
Phone: (206) 448-2785

Patricia J. Skolnik (2016)
Founder and Executive Director
Citizens for Patient Safety
5226 East Weaver Avenue
Centennial, CO 80121
Phone: (720) 460-4155

Jed Weissberg, M.D., FACP (2016)
Senior Fellow, Institute for Clinical and Economic Review
Former SVP, Kaiser Permanente (retired)
Phone: (510) 610-2269
Email: or

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NAC Coordinators

Jaime Zimmerman, MPH
NAC Coordinator

Office of the Director
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
5600 Fishers Lane
Rockville, MD 20857
Phone: (301) 427-1456

Karen Brooks
Office of the Director
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
5600 Fishers Lane
Rockville, MD 20857
Phone: (301) 427-1801

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Page last reviewed September 2016
Internet Citation: National Advisory Council for Healthcare Research and Quality. Content last reviewed September 2016. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.