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. Select for the meeting agenda.

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:

July 24, 2015

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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

Gregory Baker, RPh (2015)
Vice President, Pharmacy
Premise Health
5500 Maryland Way, Suite 200
Brentwood, TN 37027
Phone: (502) 767-3264

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)
Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC)
1491 Hamilton Avenue
Palo Alto, CA 94301
Phone: (650) 327-9127

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

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

Paul B. Ginsburg, Ph.D. (2017)
Norman Topping Chair in Medicine and Public Policy
Sol Price School of Public Policy
Director of Health Policy
Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics
University of Southern California
Phone: (202) 494-9399

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
hone: (415) 206-6892

Leon L. Haley, Jr, MD, MHSA, CPE (2015)
Executive Associate Dean, Clinical Services-Grady
Chief Medical Officer
Emory Medical Care Foundation
Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine
Emory University
Phone: (404) 778-1509
Fax: (404) 778-1508

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

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

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

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

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

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, 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
5226 East Weaver Avenue
Centennial, CO 80121
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 March 2015
Internet Citation: National Advisory Council for Healthcare Research and Quality. March 2015. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.