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.

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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 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.

AHRQ will not convene its March 24, 2017, Council meeting and has announced the cancellation in the Federal Register as required by the Federal Advisory Committee Act. The next Council meeting is planned for July 26, 2017, at 5600 Fishers Lane in Rockville, MD. AHRQ will publish a Federal Register notice in advance of the July meeting.

Review meeting minutes from 2009 to the present.

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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 Ballard
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 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)
Director of Research for Nursing
Nemours Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children
1600 Rockland Road
Wilmington, DE 19803
Phone: (302) 651-4716
Shari Davidson
Shari Davidson (2016)
Vice President
National Business Group on Health
20 F Street, NW, Suite 200
Washington, DC 20001
Phone: (202) 558-3034
Jennifer DeVoe
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
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

Mary Fermazin
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
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
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
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
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
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)
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
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
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
Patricia J. Skolnik (2019)
President, Citizens for Patient Safety
5226 East Weaver Avenue
Centennial, CO 80121
Phone: (720) 460-4155
Jed Weissberg
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 March 2017
Page originally created August 2012
Internet Citation: National Advisory Council for Healthcare Research and Quality. Content last reviewed March 2017. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.