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 17-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, 2018. 

Review the agenda for the NAC November 15 Meeting.

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 T.H. Chan School of Public Health
50 State Street, 19th Floor
Boston, MA 02109
Phone: (617) 301-4800
Karen Amstutz
Karen S. Amstutz, M.D., M.B.A. (2020)
Chief Medical Officer
Magellan Healthcare
7603 N. Pennsylvania Street
Indianapolis, IN 46240
Phone: (602) 397-3845
Alice Bast
Alice S. Bast (2018)
Chief Executive Officer
Beyond Celiac
P.O. Box 544
Ambler, PA 19002
Phone: (267) 419-2100
Cathy Bradley
Cathy J. Bradley, Ph.D., M.P.A. (2020)
Associate Director, Population Health Sciences
Associate Dean, Colorado School of Public Health
University of Colorado Cancer Center, MS-434
13001 East 17th Place
Aurora, CO 80045
Phone: (303) 724-9526
Sheila Burke
Sheila P. Burke, M.P.A., R.N., FAAN (2019)
Faculty, Kennedy School of Government
Harvard University
Chair, Government Relations and Public Policy Group
Strategic Advisor
Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell and Berkowitz
901 K Street, N.W., Suite 900
Washington, DC 20001
Phone: (202) 508-3457
Christina J. Calamaro
Christina J. Calamaro, Ph.D., CRNP (2018)
Senior Nurse Scientist
Director of Research
Associate Professor
Neil Hodson School of Nursing
Emory University
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
Beth Ann Daugherty
Beth Ann Daugherty, M.P.H., R.N. (2020)
Vice President of Patient Care Services and Chief Nurse Officer
Sparrow Clinton Hospital
805 S Oakland Street
St. Johns, MI 48879
Phone: (989) 227-3400
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
Barbara Fain
Barbara A. Fain, J.D., M.P.P. (2019)
Executive Director
Betsy Lehman Center for Patient Safety
501 Boylston Street, 5th Floor
Boston, MA 02116
Phone: (617) 701-8172
Tina Hernandez-Boussard
Tina M. Hernandez-Boussard, Ph.D., M.P.H., M.S. (2020)
Associate Professor of Medicine, Biomedical Data Science, and Surgery
Stanford University School of Medicine
1265 Welch Road
Stanford, CA 94305-5479
Phone: (650) 725-5507
Andrew Masica
Andrew L. Masica, M.D., M.S.C.I., S.F.H.M. (2020)
Vice President and Chief Clinical Effectiveness Officer
Baylor Scott & White Health
8080 North Central Expressway, Suite 500, LB 81
Dallas, TX 75206
Phone: (214) 265-3624
Sally C. Morton
Sally C. Morton, Ph.D., M.Sc., M.S. (2019)
Dean, College of Science
Professor of Statistics
Virginia Tech
Suite 4300, North End Center
300 Turner Street, NW
Blacksburg, VA 24061
Phone: (540) 231-5422
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
Jerry Penso
Jerry L. Penso, M.D., M.B.A. (2019)
President and Chief Executive Officer
American Medical Group Association
One Prince Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
Phone: (730) 838-0033
Lucy A. Savitz
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
William Shrank
William H. Shrank, M.D., M.S.H.S. (2020)
Chief Medical Officer
Health Plan Division
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
US Steel Tower
600 Grant Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Phone: (412) 454-5516

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NAC Coordinators

Jaime Zimmerman, MPH, PMP
Designated Management Official

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

Karen Brooks, CMP
NAC Coordinator

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