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 12-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 by selecting the member's name.

For more details about the Council, please visit 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. The next meeting is November 15.

Review meeting minutes from 2015 to the present.

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Donald A. Goldmann
Donald A. Goldmann, M.D. (Chair) (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
Alice Bast
Alice S. Bast (2018)
Chief Executive Officer
Beyond Celiac
P.O. Box 544
Ambler, PA 19002
Phone: (267) 419-2100
Christina J. Calamaro
Christina J. Calamaro, Ph.D., CRNP (2018)
Senior Nurse Scientist
Director of Research for Nursing and Evidence Based Practice
Children's Healthcare of Atlanta
Suite B
1655 Tullie Circle
Atlanta, GA 30329
Phone: (404) 785-9377
Robert S. Dittus
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
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
Monica E. Peek
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
Lucy A. Savitz, Ph.D., M.B.A. (2018)
Vice President, Research
Kaiser Permanente Northwest
Director, Center for Health  Research
3800 North Interstate Avenue
Portland, OR  97227-1098
Phone: (503) 335-2400

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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 May 2018
Page originally created August 2012
Internet Citation: National Advisory Council for Healthcare Research and Quality. Content last reviewed May 2018. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.