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. Meetings are usually held at the AHRQ Conference Center, First Floor, 540 Gaither Road, Rockville, MD, 20850. Select for Map and Directions. Please check the Federal Register Notice of Public Meeting to confirm meeting times and location. The next meeting will be held on March 27, 2015.

Meeting minutes:

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

Future National Advisory Council meetings are scheduled for:

March 27, 2015
July 24, 2015

Testimony on comparative effectiveness research was taken at the April 3, 2009, meeting.

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Bruce Siegel, MD, MPH (Chair) (2014)
Chief Executive Officer
National Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems
Suite 950, 1301 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20004
Phone: (202) 585-0100
Fax: (202) 585-0561

Gregory Baker, RPh (2015)
Director, On-Site Pharmacy Operations
Take Care Employer Solutions Group
A Walgreens Health and Wellness Company
205 Miller Springs Court
Franklin, TN 37064
Phone: (615) 468-6571

David J. Ballard, MD, MSPH, PhD, FACP  (2016)
Chief Quality Officer, Baylor Scott & White Health
President, STEEEP Global Institute, Baylor Scott & White Health
8080 N. Central Expressway, Suite 900 LB 77
Dallas, TX 75206
Phone: (214) 265-3670

Francis J. Crosson, MD (2015)
Vice President, Physician Satisfaction
Care Delivery and Payment
American Medical Association
1491 Hamilton Avenue
Palo Alto, CA 94301
Phone: (312) 464-4331

Jane Durney Crowley, MHA (2014)
Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer
Catholic Health Partners
615 Elsinore Place
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Phone: (513) 639-2810

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

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

Andrea Gelzer, MD, MS, FACP (2015)
Senior Vice President and Corporate Chief Medical Officer
The AmeriHealth Caritas Family of Companies
200 Stevens Drive
Philadelphia, PA 19113
Phone: (215) 937-8324

Leon L. Haley, Jr, MD, MHSA, FACEP (2015)
Deputy Chief of Staff and Deputy Senior Vice President of Medical Affairs
Grady Health System
69 Jesse Hill Jr. Drive, SE
Atlanta, GA 30303
Phone: (404) 616-6419
Fax: (404) 616-7431

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

Michael P. Johnson, PT, PhD, OCS (2014)
Division Director and Chief Clinical Officer
Home Health Practice
Bayada Home Health Care
Suite 11, 1 Executive Drive
Moorestown, NJ 08057
Phone: (856) 380-1818

Carol Matyka, MA (2015)
Field Coordinator
National Breast Cancer Coalition
2 Hawthorne Place 3L
Boston, MA 02114
Phone: (617) 523-0095

Newell E. McElwee III, PharmD, MSPH (2014)
Executive Director
U.S. Outcomes Research
Merck Global Affairs
351 North Sumneytown Pike
North Wales, PA 19454-2505
Phone: (267) 305-2503

Victor M. Montori, MD, MSc (2015)
Professor of Medicine
Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
Director of the Healthcare Delivery Research Program
Center for Science of Health Care Delivery
Mayo Clinic
200 First Street, SW
Plummer 3-O2E
Rochester, MN 55905
Phone: (507) 293-0175

Henry H. Ng, MD, MPH, FAAP, FACP (2014)
MetroHealth Medical Center
Assistant Professor
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
2500 MetroHealth Drive
Cleveland, OH 44109
Phone: (216) 778-2882

David F. Penson, MD, MPH (2014)
Center for Surgical Quality and Outcomes Research
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Professor of Urologic Surgery
Vanderbilt University
Suite 1200, 2525 West End Avenue
Nashville, TN 37203-1738
Phone: (615) 343-1529

Jean Rexford (2015)
Founder and Executive Director
Connecticut Center for Patient Safety
26 West Woodlake Drive
Redding, CT 06896
Phone: (203) 938-2776

Harry P. Selker, MD, MSPH (2014)
Tufts Clinical and Translational Science Institute
Tufts University
Executive Director
Institute for Clinical Research and Health Policy Studies
Tufts Medical Center
Room 63, 800 Washington Street
Boston, MA 02111
Phone: (617) 636-5009

Paul E. Sherman, MD, MHA, CPE, FAAP (2016)
Executive Medical Director
Health Plan and Medical Director
Care Systems Development
Group Health
320 Westlake Avenue, North, Suite 100
Seattle, WA 98109
Phone: (206) 448-2785

Patricia J. Skolnik (2016)
Founder and Executive Director
Citizens for Patient Safety
801 Yosemite Street
Denver, CO 80230
Phone: (303) 226-5526

Jed Weissberg, MD (2016)
Former Senior Vice President, Hospitals, Quality and Care Delivery Excellence
Medical Director, Cost and Prescription Drug Plans
Kaiser Permanente
One Kaiser Plaza
Oakland, CA 94612
Phone: (510) 610-2269

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NAC Coordinators

Jaime Zimmerman, MPH
NAC Coordinator

Office of the Director
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
540 Gaither Road
Rockville, MD 20850
Phone: (301) 427-1456

Karen Brooks
Office of the Director
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
540 Gaither Road
Rockville, MD 20850
Phone: (301) 427-1801

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Page last reviewed January 2015
Internet Citation: National Advisory Council for Healthcare Research and Quality. January 2015. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.