National Advisory Council for Healthcare Research and Quality (NAC)

Biographies

Biographies for members of the National Advisory Council for Healthcare Research and Quality.

Elizabeth A. McGlynn, PhD (2017)

Elizabeth A. McGlynn, PhD, is the director of Kaiser Permanente's Center for Effectiveness and Safety Research (CESR). She is responsible for the strategic direction and scientific oversight of CESR, which is designed to improve the health and well-being of Kaiser's more than 10 million members and the public by conducting comparative effectiveness and safety research and implementing findings in policy and practice. She is the principal investigator for the Kaiser Permanente-led clinical data research network, PORTAL, a PCORI-funded infrastructure development contract that is part of PCORnet. Dr. McGlynn is an internationally known expert on methods for evaluating the appropriateness, quality and efficiency of health care delivery. She has conducted research in the United States and other countries. Dr. McGlynn has also led major initiatives to evaluate health reform options under consideration at the Federal and State levels. She received AcademyHealth's Distinguished Investigator Award in 2012.

Dr. McGlynn is a member of the Institute of Medicine. She is vice-chair of the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation Board of Trustees. She is on the board of AcademyHealth (former chair), the Institute of Medicine Board of Health Care Services, and the Reagan-Udall Foundation for the Food and Drug Administration. She chairs the Scientific Advisory Group for the Institute for Healthcare Improvement. She co-chairs the Coordinating Committee for the National Quality Forum's Measures Application Partnership. She serves on the editorial boards for Health Services Research and The Milbank Quarterly and is a regular reviewer for many leading journals. Dr. McGlynn received her BA in international political economy from The Colorado College, her master's in public policy from the University of Michigan's Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, and her PhD in public policy analysis from the Pardee RAND Graduate School.

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David Joseph Ballard, MD, MSPH, PhD, FACP (2016)

Dr. Ballard is the Chief Quality Officer of Baylor Scott & White Health (BSWH), the largest not-for-profit health care system in Texas. He joined the Baylor Health Care System (BHCS) in 1999 as its first Chief Quality Officer. He serves on the Board of Managers of The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano and of the BHCS-Kessler/Select rehabilitation and long-term care joint venture. Dr. Ballard also is a member of the Executive Committee of the High Value Healthcare Collaborative.

In July 2011, Dr. Ballard was appointed as President of the BHCS (now BSWH), STEEEP (Safe, Timely, Effective, Efficient, Equitable, Patient-Centered) Global Institute to provide health care performance improvement solutions to health care organizations throughout the world. In 2012, Dr. Ballard was selected as chair of the newly formed BHCS STEEEP/Best Care Governance Council to set strategy and direction for operational functions related to STEEEP care across BHCS, which is now scaled across BSWH under Dr. Ballard's leadership.

Dr. Ballard serves on the editorial boards of Health Services Research, the Journal of Comparative Effectiveness Research and the Mayo Clinic Proceedings (as Health Policy Section Editor) and has served in many leadership roles in the field of medicine. He is a 1995 recipient of the AcademyHealth New Investigator Award, given annually to the outstanding health services research scholar in the United States less than 40 years of age, and a 2012 recipient of the John M. Eisenberg Article-of-the-Year in Health Services Research. His book, Achieving STEEEP Health Care, which was published in 2013, achieved the Shingo Research Award for its contributions to operational excellence.

A native of Lexington, Kentucky, Dr. Ballard graduated with Academic Distinction from The Lawrenceville School. A board-certified internist, he trained at the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine following completion of degrees in chemistry, economics, epidemiology, and medicine at the University of North Carolina (UNC). Dr. Ballard held progressive academic appointments as Assistant and then Associate Professor at the Mayo Medical School, as Associate Professor with tenure at the University of Virginia School of Medicine, and as Professor of Medicine with tenure in the Emory University School of Medicine and Professor of Epidemiology in The Rollins School of Public Health of Emory University.

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 Alice S. Bast (2018)

Alice S. Bast is the Chief Executive Officer of Beyond Celiac, which she founded in 2003, inspired by her personal experience with celiac disease. Beyond Celiac is a nonprofit organization that advances understanding of celiac disease as a serious genetic autoimmune condition and works to secure early diagnosis and effective management of the condition. Ms. Bast is responsible for creating the vision and strategic direction of Beyond Celiac and for aligning the organization with leaders in the medical, business, and media communities, as well as with the public.

As head of Beyond Celiac, Ms. Bast has initiated research on gluten in medications, developed a patient-centered research agenda, and implemented an extensive social media program to educate people about celiac disease. She also developed a program to work with supermarket chains to assure availability,  affordability and accessibility of gluten-free food across the US,  produced the first National Celiac Awareness Campaign in 2006, and developed the GREAT Kitchens program in 2008 to train the foodservice industry in gluten-free food preparation, which expanded to include GREAT Schools, Colleges & Camps in 2012.

As part of her advocacy work, Ms. Bast has participated in strategic conferences and workshops shaping programs to advance celiac disease initiatives nationwide, including the landmark NIH Consensus Conference on Celiac Disease. She has also been a keynote speaker at national medical and allied health industry events plus culinary and foodservice industry conferences. Ms. Bast currently is an FDA Patient Representative, Board member of the Digestive Disease National Coalition, and a member of the following organizations working in this field: Friends of NIDDK (National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases),  Alliance for a Stronger FDA, National Council on Patient Information and Education (NCPIE), National Coalition of Autoimmune Patient Groups (NCAPG) and the National Health Council.

Ms. Bast has spent her entire career in the medical and health care sector, including over 20 years in business development and sales management for the medical industry.

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Christina J. Calamaro, PhD, FNP-BC, PCPNP-BC (2018)

Dr. Calamaro is Director of Research and Innovation for Patient Services at Nemours/Alfred I. DuPont Hospital in Wilmington, Delaware. She oversees interprofessional research initiatives at Nemours to improve quality and safety of care for children from the hospital to the community setting. Dr. Calamaro is also responsible for establishing new programs to support clinical research to improve systems of care and pediatric health outcomes. Her area of funded research includes pediatric sleep, with an interest in the relationship between sleep and obesity. Additional research includes measurement of effective use of advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) roles to improve access to specialty and primary care and measurement of APRN quality metrics to improve pediatric care. 

Dr. Calamaro is board certified as both a pediatric and family nurse practitioner and maintains a clinical practice in a private pediatric primary care setting. She has an adjunct faculty appointment at the University of Delaware College of Health and Nursing Sciences, Newark, Delaware.

Dr. Calamaro received her B.S.N. from Gannon University in Erie Pennsylvania, her M.S.N. in family health from the University of Pittsburgh and her Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania  School of Nursing in 2005. She completed a post-doctoral fellowship in 2007 at the University of Pennsylvania  School of Medicine in the Center for Sleep and Respiratory Neurobiology. 

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Shari Davidson (2016)

Ms. Davidson is vice president of the National Business Group on Health's Institute on Health Care Costs and Solutions. The Business Group is a non-profit organization devoted exclusively to representing large employers' perspectives on national health policy issues and providing practical solutions to its members' most important health care problems. She is responsible for the Institute on Health Care Costs and Solutions (including the National Committee on Evidence-Based Benefit Design, the National Leadership Committee on Consumerism and Engagement, the Payment and Delivery Reform: Employer and Health Plans Committee and the National Committee on Pharmacy Benefits and Personalized Medicine) and the annual Business Health Agenda conference.

Previously, Ms. Davidson was vice president of benefits at Visant Corporation (Visant). At Visant, she was responsible for the design, finance, communication and administration of health, welfare and wellness programs, retirement plans, Human Resources Information Systems, and payroll. Visant was named a Best Employer for Healthy Lifestyles® 7 years in a row and had medical trend well below the national average. Prior to joining Visant, Ms. Davidson worked for a large printing company, Quebecor World, for 8 years in a similar capacity and spent 8 years as a benefits consultant with Hewitt and William M. Mercer.

Before joining the staff, Ms. Davidson was an active member of the Business Group for 12 years, including being a founding member and co-chair of the Institute on Health Care Costs and Solutions, a founding member of the Institute on the Costs and Health Effects of Obesity, now the Institute on Innovation in Workforce Well-being, and a participant on the National Committee on Evidence-Based Benefit Design and the Public Policy Advisory Group. She served on the Client Advisory Boards for Anthem BlueCross BlueShield (as chair of the Clinical Strategy and Measurement Initiative Group), CVS Caremark, Castlight and Truven, and on the Special Expertise Panel for Total Rewards/Compensation and Benefits for the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).

Ms. Davidson received her B.S. in human development and family studies from Cornell University. She earned her certified employee benefit specialist (CEBS) designation from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Jennifer (Jen) DeVoe, MD, DPhil (2017)

Dr. Jennifer DeVoe is a practicing family physician and health services researcher in the Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) Department of Family Medicine and also serves as the chief research officer at OCHIN, a community health center information network. Dr. DeVoe studies access to health care, disparities in care, and how transformations in primary care affect patients' health outcomes. She has pioneered the use of electronic health record data, reviewing primary care use by uninsured and underinsured populations, which has garnered her national attention, particularly relating to the Affordable Care Act. She leads a multidisciplinary team of community and academic researchers with expertise in informatics, sociology, epidemiology, biostatistics, economics, primary care, health services research, clinical medicine, health care disparities, and psychology. Her team's research findings inform community, practice, and policy interventions that help to improve the delivery of care for vulnerable populations and eliminate health disparities.

Dr. DeVoe is currently the principal investigator on five large research studies funded by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, the Agency for Healthcare Research (AHRQ) and Quality, the National Cancer Institute, and the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. She also serves as the principal investigator of the ADVANCE Clinical Data Research Network of PCORnet. She is a member of the National Advisory Council for the AHRQ and is president-elect for the North American Primary Care Research Group. She is an author on more than 100 peer-reviewed publications.

Since 2006, Dr. DeVoe has built collaborations with investigators at Kaiser Permanente Northwest Center for Health Research, the State of Oregon, and OCHIN, Inc. to develop the OCHIN electronic health record database. Dr. DeVoe has led or supported over 30 studies at OCHIN since 2006, spanning across 300 clinic practice sites, with over $20 million in grant funding.

She sees patients at the OHSU Gabriel Park Family Health Center, precepts medical students and residents, and mentors graduate students, fellows, and junior faculty members. She holds joint appointments in the Department of Medical Informatics and Clinical Epidemiology at OHSU and at Kaiser Permanente Northwest Center for Health Research. Dr. DeVoe graduated from Harvard Medical School in 1999, obtained a MPhil (1998) and DPhil (2001) from Oxford University, and completed her family medicine residency at OHSU in 2004. Dr. DeVoe was elected to the Institute of Medicine in 2014.

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Robert S. Dittus, MD, MPH (2018)

Dr. Robert Dittus is the Albert and Bernard Werthan Professor of Medicine, Associate Vice Chancellor for Public Health and Health Care, Senior Associate Dean for Population Health Sciences, and Director of the Institute for Medicine and Public Health at Vanderbilt University and Director of the Geriatric Research, Education, and Clinical Center, Senior Quality Scholar, and Director of the Quality Scholars Program at the VA Tennessee Valley Healthcare System. He has served previously as Chief of the Division of General Internal Medicine and Public Health at Vanderbilt and Director of Clinical Practice and Health Policy Analysis at the Regenstrief Institute at Indiana University.

Dr. Dittus has combined training in industrial engineering, medicine, and epidemiology to advance health care quality improvement, outcomes of care, and overall individual and population health through his research on the effectiveness, efficiency, timeliness, safety, and equity of health care.  He has advanced the methodology of medical decisionmaking and conducted numerous studies delineating the comparative effectiveness of alternative strategies for clinical care.  Dr. Dittus also has conducted numerous studies examining the microsystems of health care that have improved health care delivery, as well as studies on the macrosystems of health care, which have led to improvements in health policy. 

Over the past 10 years, Dr. Dittus has served as senior investigator to guide the discovery of critical illness ­associated delirium and long-term cognitive impairment and development of new treatment paradigms, with global impact on reducing the mortality, morbidity, and costs of critical care. He is currently principal investigator of a large Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Innovation Project to improve health care delivery and population health through care coordination. He has led or been co-investigator of more than $300 million in research and training funding and has authored more than 200 publications.

Dr. Dittus has served as PI of 14 federally funded fellowship training grants in clinical research and was the principal investigator of Vanderbilt’s National Institutes of Health-funded K30 award. He has trained more than 100 fellows and junior faculty of whom over 90 percent remain in academic medicine. Dr. Dittus has served as the President of the Association for Clinical Research Training and received the 2013 Distinguished Educator Award from the Association for Clinical and Translational Science.

Dr. Dittus serves on numerous professional academic, community, and health care boards of directors.  He was a Teaching and Research Scholar of the American College of Physicians, named the Harvey Branscomb Distinguished Professor at Vanderbilt University, and has been given the Outstanding Industrial Engineer Award from Purdue University, the Distinguished Alumni Award from Indiana University, the Duncan Neuhauser Award for Curricular Innovation from the Academy for Healthcare Improvement, and the Innovation with Distinction Award in Research Training and Education from the Association of American Medical Colleges. He served as the founding President of the Academy for Healthcare Improvement and is an elected member of the Association of American Physicians.

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José J. Escarce, MD, PhD (2018)

Dr. Escarce, a health economist and internist, is Professor of Medicine in the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) and Professor of Health Policy and Management in the UCLA School of Public Health.  He also serves as Executive Vice-Chair for Academic Affairs in the Department of Medicine. Dr. Escarce received his bachelor’s degree from Princeton, a master’s degree from Harvard, and his medical degree and doctorate in health economics from the University of Pennsylvania, and he completed his residency in internal medicine at Stanford. After his residency, he worked for 2 years as a primary care physician in a Federally Qualified Health Center in San Ysidro, California.

In his academic career, Dr. Escarce has received numerous Federal and foundation grants and has published more than 160 research articles on a variety of topics, including patient and physician behavior under economic incentives; Medicare payment systems; racial and socioeconomic differences in medical care; medical technology diffusion; the health care workforce; the effects of market forces on access, costs, and quality of health care; and neighborhood effects on health. 

At UCLA, he mentors masters and doctoral students and teaches courses on the U.S. health care system and on social determinants of health. Dr. Escarce has previously served on numerous Federal and non-Federal committees, including several Institute of Medicine committees. He has also served as Deputy Editor of the journal Medical Care and for 7 years as Co-Editor-in-Chief of the journal Health Services Research, one of the leading journals in its field. Dr. Escarce was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies of Science in 2008.

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Mary Fermazin, MD, MPA (2016)

Dr. Fermazin is vice president for health policy & quality measurement for the Health Services Advisory Group (HSAG). In this role, she provides leadership for medical, quality measurement, long-term care, and health disparity aspects of HSAG's quality studies. She also serves as the chief medical officer for HSAG's Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) program in California and is the project director for the CMS Measures Management Special Project. In her capacity as the project director for the CMS Measures Management Special Project—a position she has held since the inception of the program in 2003—Dr. Fermazin provides clinical leadership and expertise in measurement methodologies related to the design, development, and subsequent evolutions of the Measures Management System (MMS); ensures soundness of measurement policies incorporated in the MMS Blueprint; acts as the primary liaison with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), National Quality Forum (NQF), and major measure developers; and provides overall direction related to implementation of all contract tasks.

Prior to her work at HSAG, she established statewide medical policies and utilization review criteria and evaluated new benefits and medical technology at the California Department of Health Services. As chief of the State's Office of Clinical Standards and Quality, she established quality improvement strategies for the oversight of the Medicaid managed care program. She also served on the NCQA Committee for Performance Measurement, responsible for the development of the Health Plans Employer Data Information Set, now called the Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS®).

Dr. Fermazin is a general internist with a master's degree in public administration. She has more than 25 years of health care industry experience as a physician, medical quality consultant, and quality improvement and measurement expert.

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Don Goldmann, MD (2018)

Dr. Goldmann, Chief Medical and Scientific Officer, Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), works both internally and externally to deepen IHI’s profile, credibility, and influence in health care and health promotion. An essential part of his work is to harvest expertise, knowledge, and innovation from the field while forging relationships with key allies, partners, professional and academic societies, and membership organizations to further IHI’s strategic aims and reach. As Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Goldmann supports IHI’s content leads in identifying innovative approaches, cutting-edge developments, and expert faculty in areas of strategic focus. He accomplishes this by using his external relationships to identify important or emerging gaps in IHI content, particularly with regard to innovations and evidence-based interventions that emerge from academia.

As Chief Scientific Officer, his primary goal is to strengthen ties between IHI and the health services research and academic communities. In this capacity, he works with IHI colleagues, especially the Results and Evaluation Team, to ensure the rigor of IHI’s results-oriented work, and to disseminate these results in presentations at national meetings and peer-reviewed publications. To this end, Dr. Goldmann develops and nurtures alliances and relationships with translational, pragmatic researchers and organizations nationally and globally.

Dr. Goldmann also serves as senior lead for the IHI Fellowship Program, and he continues to train and mentor emerging investigators at Harvard Medical School, Boston Children’s Hospital, and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. He is exploring new ways to teach and learn, and is lead faculty for the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) developed in collaboration with HarvardX and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

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Kevin Grumbach, MD (2017)

Kevin Grumbach, MD, is professor and chair of the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). He is the co-director of the UCSF Center for Excellence in Primary Care, and co-director of the Community Engagement and Health Policy Program for the UCSF Clinical and Translational Science Institute. His research on topics such as primary care physician supply and access to care, innovations in the delivery of primary care, and racial and ethnic diversity in the health professions have been published in major medical journals such as The New England Journal of Medicine and JAMA and cited widely in both health policy forums and the general media. With Tom Bodenheimer, he co-authored the best-selling textbook on health policy Understanding Health Policy—A Clinical Approach and the book Improving Primary Care—Strategies and Tools for a Better Practice. He received the Generalist Physician Faculty Scholar Award from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Health Resources and Services Administration Award for Health Workforce Research on Diversity, the Richard E. Cone Award for Excellence and Leadership in Cultivating Community Partnerships in Higher Education, the UCSF Chancellor's Public Service Award, and is a member of the Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences.

Dr. Grumbach has been an advisor to congressional committees and government agencies on primary care and health reform. He practices family medicine at the Family Health Center at San Francisco General Hospital and the Lakeshore Family Medicine Center at UCSF Health.

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Ann L. Hendrich, RN, PhD, FAAN  (2016)

Dr. Hendrich is the Senior Vice President as well as the Chief Quality/Safety and Nursing Officer and serves as Executive Director of the Ascension Health Patient Safety Organization (PSO) at Ascension Health's system office, while guiding the implementation of clinical excellence and patient safety initiatives in partnership with executives, board members, and clinical officer leadership.

She holds a bachelor's degree from DePauw University, a master's degree in Adult Health and Administration, and a PhD in outcomes performance management from Loyola University, Chicago. As a 3-year Robert Wood Johnson Executive Fellow, her focus was on leading transformational organizational change.

Dr. Hendrich is the creator of the Acuity-Adaptable hospital room model. These patient rooms of the future incorporated comfort, healing, technology, and efficiency into an integrated hospital design. Her current health services research agenda focuses on the relationship between the acute-care work environment of caregivers and patient outcomes, serious safety event reduction, and numerous system-wide multidisciplinary quality initiatives. Her national multisite study, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundations and known simply as the Time and Motion study, measured the relationship between the complex hospital milieu and available caregiver time for direct patient care. She was the system principal investigator for an AHRQ-funded grant in 2010, "Healing Without Harm: A 3 Year Multi Site Demonstration Project for Perinatal Safety and Medical Liability," and serves as the Executive Director for the multimillion dollar Ascension Health Hospital Engagement Network and Leading Edge Advanced Practice Topics contract, part of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Partnership for Patients and Innovation program for Ascension Health.

Dr. Hendrich is widely published in professional journals and texts and serves as a grant reviewer for major agencies and on the Nursing Advisory Council for The Joint Commission. With a special interest in geriatrics, she is also the author of the Hendrich II Risk Model®, a predictive model for inpatient falls.

Dr. Hendrich has been recognized by Modern Healthcare as one of the Top 25 Women in Health Care. The American Organization of Nurse Executives' publication Nurse Leader highlighted her as a Nurse Leader to Watch, and she was selected as one of the Most Influential Business Women in St. Louis, Missouri.

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Mary D. Naylor, PhD, FAAN, RN (2017)

Mary D. Naylor is the Marian S. Ware professor in gerontology and director of the NewCourtland Center for Transitions and Health at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. For the past two decades, Dr. Naylor has led an interdisciplinary program of research designed to improve the quality of care, decrease unnecessary hospitalizations, and reduce health care costs for vulnerable community-based elders. Dr. Naylor is also the national program director for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Interdisciplinary Nursing Quality Research Initiative program aimed at generating, disseminating, and translating research to understand how nurses contribute to quality patient care. She was elected to the National Academy of Sciences, Institute of Medicine in 2005. She also is a member of the RAND health board, the National Quality Forum board of directors and the immediate past-chair of the board of the Long-Term Quality Alliance. She was appointed to the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission in 2010.

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Monica E. Peek, MD, MPH, MSc (2018)

Dr. Monica Peek is an Associate Professor in the Section of General Internal Medicine at the University of Chicago where she provides clinical care, teaches, and does health services research in the area of health disparities. Dr. Peek is the Associate Director of the Chicago Center for Diabetes Translation Research, where she heads the Health Disparities and Community-Based Participatory Research Core. She is an inaugural faculty fellow of the Bucksbaum Institute for Clinical Excellence, whose goal is to promote positive patient/physician relationships. Dr. Peek is the Director of Research at the MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics, and is the Executive Medical Director of Community Health Innovation for the University of Chicago Medicine. As a 2015 Greenwall Faculty Scholar, Dr. Peek will explore shared decisionmaking between African-Americans and their health care providers.

Dr. Peek received an M.D. from The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, an M.P.H. from the Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene & Public Health, and an M.Sc. from the University of Chicago. Dr. Peek has authored over 50 peer-reviewed research papers and publications, and has served as the principal investigator of grants from the National Institute of Diabetes and  Digestive and Kidney Diseases, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Merck Foundation to improve patient/provider communication, diabetes care, and health outcomes among racial/ethnic minorities and other vulnerable populations.  

Dr. Peek was named one of the "Top 40 under 40" in Chicago by Crain's Business Magazine and was ranked among Chicago's Top Female Physicians in 2005. In 2013, she received the Outstanding Junior Investigator Award by the national Society of General Internal Medicine. Dr. Peek has served as an American Cancer Society medical ambassador and as board member of A Silver Lining Foundation, the Chicago Black Women’s Health Alliance, and the Greater Chicago Food Depository.

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Lucy A. Savitz, PhD, MBA (2018)

Dr. Savitz is the Assistant Vice President of Delivery System Science and the Director of Research and Education for the Institute for Healthcare Delivery Research at Intermountain Healthcare.  She holds a Research Professor appointment in Clinical Epidemiology in the School of Medicine and adjunct faculty appointments in Nursing, Pediatrics, and Family & Preventive Medicine at the University of Utah. Dr. Savitz also holds an Adjunct Associate Professor appointment in the Department of Health Policy & Management at the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill. 

Dr. Savitz has been conducting quasi-experimental and mixed methods studies in delivery systems for nearly 30 years, focusing on quality and safety. She leads several health care award initiatives at Intermountain Healthcare and is a leader in the High Value Healthcare Collaborative, serving as a member of the Board and Executive Committee. Dr. Savitz is an active member of Academy Health as a member on the Methods Council, Chair-elect for the Committee on Advocacy and Public Policy and the Delivery System Science Fellowship Strategic Planning Committee. 

She was appointed by the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services to serve on the Centers for Medicare & and Medicaid Services Executive Leadership Council and the National Advisory Council for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.  She has published extensively in the scientific literature, is a senior editor for the eGEMs Journal, and serves as faculty for the Institute for Healthcare Improvement. Prior to her career in research, Dr. Savitz was the Economist for the Colorado State Legislature and a Financial Planner for UNC Health Care.

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J. Sanford (Sandy) Schwartz, MD (2017)

J. Sanford (Sandy) Schwartz, MD, is Leon Hess Professor of Medicine and Health Management and Economics at the Perelman School of Medicine and the Wharton School of Business. Dr. Schwartz is also  a senior fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics at the University of Pennsylvania.

His research has focused on assessing the incremental benefits, harms, and costs of innovative medical interventions and technologies (i.e., clinical, comparative, and cost-effectiveness) and their application to clinical decisionmaking as well as adoption and diffusion of medical innovation.

Dr. Schwartz is also a former executive director of the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics (Penn's university-wide center for health services and policy research) and past president of both the Society for Medical Decision Making and the American Federation for Clinical Research. He is also an elected member of the Institute of Medicine, American Society for Clinical Investigation, Association of American Physicians and American Clinical and Climatological Society.

Dr. Schwartz has served as an advisor and consultant to a wide range of public and private sector groups, including serving as the founding director of the American College of Physicians' Clinical Efficacy Assessment Project (the medical profession's first evidence-based guideline program) and as a current or former member of the NIH Consensus Development Program, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, NHLBI Adult Treatment Panels III and IV, Blue Cross/Blue Shield Associations Medical Advisory Committee, and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Medicare Evidence Development & Coverage Advisory Committee. He was also founding editor of the American Journal of Managed Care, associate editor (health services research and policy) of the Journal of General Internal Medicine and editorial board member of Medical Decision Making.

Dr. Schwartz has received awards for his research and teaching, such as being the first recipient of the Samuel P. Martin Health Services Research Award, a recipient of the Society for Medical Decision Making Career Achievement Award, and the John M. Eisenberg Award for Practical Application of Medical Decision Making Research. Hehas taught and mentored many students, trainees, and junior faculty and is a recipient of the Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching, Penn's highest teaching award.

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Paul Sherman, MD, MHA (2016)

Dr. Sherman is executive medical director, Health Plan Division, and medical director for Care Systems Development at Group Health Cooperative, one of the Nation's largest consumer-governed health care systems. He leads the process of optimizing Group Health's health plan and care-delivery capabilities. He began clinical practice at Group Health in 1992 and his previous roles include associate medical director of Strategy Deployment, medical director of Consultative Specialty Services, Seattle district medical director, and chief of Pediatrics.

Dr. Sherman is a board-certified pediatrician with a bachelor of science degree from the University of Notre Dame and a doctorate of medicine from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He completed internship and residency at Seattle Children's and obtained his Master of Health Administration at the University of Washington. He currently serves on the board of Giddens School and as board president of Seattle Counseling Service.

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Patricia J. Skolnik (2016)

Ms. Skolnik is the founder and executive director of Citizens for Patient Safety. Taught by harrowing real-life experience, she is also a patient safety expert and an advocate for shared decisionmaking, informed consent, dignity for the patient and provider, and patient and provider relationships in health care. She founded Citizens for Patient Safety to promote those conversations in health care settings that are proven to reduce medical harm. Ms. Skolnik travels worldwide to educate consumers, train medical professionals, and advise lawmakers about how to foster relationships, systems, and environments where shared decisionmaking and informed consent are the working platform. Having lost her only son Michael to poor and lacking communication, Ms. Skolnik promised him to leave the medical profession better than he found it—her work through Citizens for Patient Safety is that promise in action.

Although her degree is in social work, Ms. Skolnik feels her real life experience has given her a doctorate in fostering a collaborative culture that not only permits, but also encourages patients to ask questions, seek second opinions, be presented with all options for treatment (including doing nothing), and have their values and preferences heard.

Named one of CNN's "Intriguing People," Ms. Skolnik was also invited to the White House to discuss health care. She is the proud recipient of the National MITTS HOPE Award, the Colorado Patient Safety Coalition Patient Safety Leadership Award, the Transparent Health Leadership Award, and The Colorado Trial Lawyers Consumer Protection Award in honor of her son. She is featured in the book Take Back your Government, by Colorado State Senator Morgan Carroll.

Ms. Skolnik has recently appeared on "The Today Show," "The Doctors," and many national news channels. She sits on the Board of Governors for the National Patient Safety Foundation, the National Quality & Patient Advisory Council for MedStar Health (Washington, DC/Maryland), the Consumers Union Safe Patient Project and the Board of Trustees for Colorado's 9Health Fair among others.

Her life experience has led Ms. Skolnik down a hopeful and constructive path, and along with her warm sense of humor, she brings a powerfully positive mindset about our collective responsibilities for reducing medical harm to her advocacy endeavors.

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Jed Weissberg, MD, FACP (2016)

Dr. Weissberg is a senior fellow at the Institute for Clinical and Economic Review (ICER), California Technology Assessment Forum (CTAF), following a 30-year career with Kaiser Permanente.

He began practice as a gastroenterologist at the Kaiser Permanente facility in Fremont, CA, where he became chief of the department and then physician in chief of the medical center. Dr. Weissberg was named the associate executive director for quality and performance improvement in the newly formed Permanente Federation in 1998, where he served for the next 10 years, subsequently assuming the position of senior vice president for Hospitals, Quality and Care Delivery Excellence for Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Hospitals.  

Upon receiving a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and his MD from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Dr. Weissberg completed his internal medicine residency at Boston City Hospital and fellowships at Stanford University School of Medicine in gastroenterology and at the VA Hospital in Palo Alto in alcoholism and substance abuse.

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