AHRQ Multiple Chronic Conditions Research Summit: Speaker Biosketches
The Commonwealth Fund
Ms. Abrams, as Senior Vice President, oversees The Commonwealth Fund's Delivery System Reform and International Health Policy programs. Since coming to the Fund in 1997, Ms. Abrams has worked on the Fund's Task Force on Academic Health Centers, the Child Development and Preventive Care program, and most recently, she led the Patient-Centered Coordinated Care Program. Ms. Abrams has served on many national committees and boards for private organizations and Federal agencies and is a peer reviewer for several journals. Ms. Abrams was the recipient of a Champion Award from the Primary Care Development Corporation and a Primary Care Community/Research Leadership Award from the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative. Ms. Abrams holds a BA degree in history from Cornell University and an MS degree in health policy and management from the Harvard School of Public Health.
The SCAN Foundation
Dr. Alkema is Vice President of Policy and Communications at The SCAN Foundation. In this role, she oversees the Foundation's communications and policy strategy development and execution, championing a world where all people—regardless of age, life circumstance, or ability—live well in the place they call home. Earlier, she served in the office of Senator Blanche Lincoln (D-AR) as a Heinz/Health and Aging Policy Fellow, where she advised on aging, health, mental health, and long-term care policy. She also worked in a variety of community-based care settings in both the public and private sectors. Dr. Alkema holds a PhD degree from the University of Southern California (gerontology) and completed postdoctoral training at the VA Greater Los Angeles. She earned a master's degree in social work from the University of Michigan, and bachelor's degree from the University of Colorado. Gretchen enjoys hiking, 19th century Russian novels, and a great cup of coffee.
For the past 3 years until June 2020, Dr. Allen served as Vice President and Senior Medical Officer, CareSource, Dayton, Ohio. CareSource is a nonprofit, multi-State health plan serving government programs and is recognized as a national leader in managed care. In Ohio, CareSource also participates in the CMS Duals Integration Demonstration and provides integrated care for over 25,000 members. In 2020 he was accepted into the Health and Aging Policy Fellowship for residential position for the 2020/2021 year.
A graduate of Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Allen completed a fellowship in geriatric medicine at the University of Cincinnati. He holds a Certificate of Added Qualifications in geriatric medicine and is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM). He also was alumni and advisor for the Practice Change Fellows and Practice Change Leaders program (funded by The John A. Hartford Foundation and The Atlantic Philanthropies), respectively.
Dr. Allen has had a 35-year career devoted to serving and improving care of older adults and vulnerable populations as clinician, educator, professor of medicine and family medicine, researcher, innovator, and health system/health plan physician executive. He has numerous peer-reviewed publications and book chapters, as well as delivered national presentations on this work and research. He currently serves on the Boards of the American Geriatrics Society, Special Needs Plan Alliance, and was an advisory committee member for the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, Age Friendly Health System Project.
Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation
Dr. Alley is Chief Strategy Officer at the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation. She has previously served in leadership roles in the HHS Office of the Secretary and Office of the Surgeon General. She has extensive expertise in value-based care, population health, and aging, with more than 50 publications in journals including The New England Journal of Medicine and JAMA. She holds a PhD degree in gerontology from the University of Southern California and received postdoctoral training in population health through the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health and Society Scholars program at the University of Pennsylvania.
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Dr. Anderson is a professor of health policy and management, international health and medicine at Johns Hopkins University. His research covers a range of topics including drug pricing, international comparisons of health systems, technology assessment, healthcare payment reform, and many other topics From 1996 to 2000 he directed a Robert Wood Johnson national program that identified the needs of people with multiple chronic conditions and testified in Congress and many other places on the need for better care for this population. Dr Anderson has over 300 peer-reviewed publications, has testified in Congress over 50 times, and has been the PI in over 100 grants.
Hawaii Pacific Health
Dr. Ashton is Executive Vice President and Chief Quality Officer at Hawai‘i Pacific Health (HPH). In this role she oversees all of the Patient Experience staff and activities across four medical centers and associated clinics and employees. Patient Experience includes all aspects of measured quality and safety, including compliance with regulatory oversight, and the reported experiences of our patients as they receive care at HPH. She also has been leading the clinical aspects of the Hawaii Pacific Health COVID-19 response.
Data-driven process improvement, measured quality, patient safety, and service excellence have all been the focus of Dr. Ashton's administrative career path since 1997. The titles have changed over the years, but all of the work has been at Hawaii Pacific Health in Honolulu.
In 2017, the Healthcare Association of Hawaii (HAH) presented her the Hawaii Physician of the Year Award. She serves as the Chair of the HAH Quality Committee.
Dr. Ashton earned her MD degree from the John A. Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawaii, and completed a pediatrics residency at Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children in Honolulu. Board certified in pediatrics, she is also a Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the John A. Burns School of Medicine, and still practices pediatrics on a part-time basis.
National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, NIH
Dr. Avilés-Santa is the Director of the Division of Clinical and Health Services Research at the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). In her current role, she works with her team on fostering research aimed at improving health outcomes of health disparities populations within the context of healthcare systems.
Prior to joining NIMHD, she worked at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute from 2006 to 2019 as the project director for the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos, the most comprehensive study on Hispanic/Latino health in the United States. The study takes place in four U.S. cities, has followed over 16 thousand participants of Hispanic descent, including Puerto Ricans, and has been fundamental in increasing our understanding of similarities and differences among people of diverse Hispanic heritage groups.
Dr. Avilés-Santa has participated in multiple NIH-wide committees and working groups addressing minority health, diabetes mellitus and its complications, women’s health, and vascular dementia. In 2015, she founded the NIH Hispanic Health Research Scientific Interest Group. She has coauthored multiple publications on different Hispanic health topics, served as a journal reviewer and as frequent guest lecturer on Hispanic health at the Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health and the Georgetown University School of Medicine, as well as different scientific venues within and outside the NIH. In 2015, she was recognized by the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists with the Outstanding Service Award for the Promotion of Endocrine Health of an Underserved Population. She currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Puerto Rico Consortium on Clinical Investigation and as a member of the Board of International Advisors for the Advanced Center for Chronic Diseases in Santiago, Chile.
In 2017, Dr. Avilés-Santa was the field coordinator of the post-hurricanes Irma and María recovery of the health and social services of the entire territory of Puerto Rico during the first six and a half months of work coordinated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. She had the opportunity to lead a diverse group of volunteer Federal employees and local contractors in the performance of needs assessments of healthcare and social services facilities and the proposal of recovery strategies.
Dr. Bayliss is a Senior Investigator at the Institute for Health Research and Professor of Family Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. Her research focuses on processes of care and methods for studying care delivery for patients and populations with complex care needs.
Dr. Bayliss completed her medical training at the University of Colorado Denver, where she also received her Master of Science in Public Health degree. She has served as Principal Investigator on studies of competing demands affecting individuals with complex care needs, developing quality measures for complex patients, assessing the impact of primary and specialty care continuity within an integrated delivery system, and improving medication prescribing practices for older adults with multiple chronic medical conditions.
Dr. Bazemore serves as the Senior Vice President of Research and Policy for the American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM). As Senior Vice President of Research and Policy, Dr. Bazemore’s areas of focus include leading the next phase of development of the ABFM research enterprise, co-leading ABFM’s Center for Professionalism and Value in Health Care, and coordinating and developing ABFM career development activities for ABFM Scholars, Pisacano Scholars, and Puffer Fellows.
Dr. Bazemore previously served as the Director of the Robert Graham Center for Policy Studies in Family Medicine in Washington, DC, and as its Assistant Director for 7 years prior to that. Dr. Bazemore helped cultivate the growth and evolution of the Graham Center into an internationally known primary care research center with diverse funding sources. He guided and participated in the Graham Center’s research with special interest in access to care for underserved populations, health workforce and training, and spatial analysis. Dr. Bazemore also led the Graham Center’s emphasis on developing tools that empower primary care providers, leaders, and policymakers. He developed HealthLandscape, an innovative data engagement platform entirely funded by grants and contracts, including the nearly $1.5 million/year Federal Uniform Data System (UDS) Mapper contract that guides funding for all the Nation’s Federally Qualified Centers.
Dr. Bazemore has authored over 150 peer-reviewed publications and helped to create the Starfield Summit series, the Embassy Series events and novel settings for the Primary Care Forum Series. He has served in national policy roles including the Family Medicine for America’s Health Research Tactic Team, and Board of Directors as well as important committee roles for North American Primary Care Research Group (NAPCRG), Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM), the National Research Network, the Rural Training Track Consortium, the National Academies of Medicine, and the Council on Graduate Medical Education. He was elected as a member of the National Academies of Medicine in 2016 and named a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians last year.
Dr. Bazemore serves on the faculties of the Departments of Family Medicine at Georgetown University and Virginia Commonwealth University. He has also continued to see patients at Fairfax Family Practice Centers since joining the Graham Center in 2005. Dr. Bazemore previously served as an Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Cincinnati and as a Professorial Lecturer of Health Policy at George Washington University School of Public Health. Dr. Bazemore graduated from Davidson College, received his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of North Carolina, and his MPH degree from Harvard University School of Public Health. He also completed a Global Health Fellowship at the University of Cincinnati.
Dr. Berenson is an Institute Fellow at the Urban Institute. He is an expert in healthcare policy, particularly Medicare, with experience practicing medicine, serving in senior positions in two administrations, and helping organize and manage a successful preferred provider organization. From 1998 to 2000, he was in charge of Medicare payment policy and managed care contracting in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. In the Carter Administration, he served as an assistant director of the domestic policy staff. He served one term on the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission from 2009 to 2012, the last two years as vice chair. Dr. Berenson was an initial member of the Physician-Focused Payment Model Technical Advisory Committee, created by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA). His current work focuses on physician and hospital payment reform, provider market consolidation with resultant high prices, and Medicare reform.
Dr. Berenson is a board-certified internist who practiced for 12 years in a Washington, D.C., group practice and is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians. He is coauthor, with Walter Zelman, of The Managed Care Blues & How to Cure Them, published in 1998, and coauthor, with Rick Mayes, of Medicare Prospective Payment and the Shaping of U.S. Health Care in 2008. He is an adjunct professor at the Milken Institute School of Public Health at The George Washington University.
Dr. Bierman is Director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s (AHRQ) Center for Evidence and Practice Improvement (CEPI) consisting of five divisions: the Evidence-Based Practice Center Program; the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Program; Digital Healthcare Research; Practice Improvement; Healthcare Delivery and Systems Research; and the National Center for Excellence in Primary Care Research. She leads AHRQ’s dissemination and implementation portfolio, multiple chronic condition initiative, and opioid portfolio. Dr. Bierman is a general internist, geriatrician, and health services researcher whose work has focused on improving access, quality, and outcomes of healthcare for older adults with chronic illness and research to increase policymakers’ uptake of evidence. She brings her insights from work as a practicing clinician, medical educator, senior health system leader, and academic as a tenured professor in medicine, public health, and health policy management and evaluation to inform AHRQ’s work.
Ms. Blackwell is senior advisor at the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), Center for Clinical Standards and Quality. She trained as a geriatric social worker and has an extensive background in aging, disability services, and long-term care in Medicare, and Medicaid. At CMS she works on programs that support improved quality, program efficiency, and person-centered care. She joined the Federal service as a Presidential Management Fellow in 2001. Prior to joining CMS, Ms. Blackwell was a consultant at The Horizon Foundation, a philanthropic organization that promotes local health and wellness. She interned as a graduate student at The Hilltop Institute, a health research center at the University of Maryland-Baltimore County, and at the Howard County Office on Aging. Ms. Blackwell founded an award-winning chapter of the Autism Society of America. She received a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Maryland-Baltimore, and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin-Stout.
Ms. Blake currently works at the Center for Evidence and Practice Improvement, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. She previously held positions at NIH within NIDDK (National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases) as a Research Nurse Specialist (Kidney Disease Section) and at the Clinical Center as a Clinical Research Nurse in hematology/oncology. Prior to joining the National Institutes of Health, she held positions at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in oncology.
Dr. Blaum joined NCQA from New York University (NYU) Langone Health, where she was the Diane and Arthur Belfer Professor of Geriatric Medicine and Director of the Division of Geriatrics and Palliative Care from 2012 to 2020. At NYU, Dr. Blaum maintained an active clinical practice and supervised clinical education for medical trainees in geriatrics and palliative care. She led an extensive research program in translational research that was supported by the NIA, AHRQ, PCORI, and The John A. Hartford Foundation concerning models of care for vulnerable populations, multiple chronic conditions, frailty, and diabetes in older adults. Prior to going to NYU, Dr. Blaum was Professor and Assistant Dean for Population Health at the University of Michigan (UM) Health System, where she led UM’s experiences in Medicare managed care, ACOs, and PCMH. Dr. Blaum has been active in national policy work related to delivery system redesign and quality of care for older adults and people with multiple chronic conditions and has worked with the American Geriatrics Society, the AMA PCPI, and NQF.
Dr. Boehmer is an Assistant Professor of Health Services, a health services researcher in the Knowledge and Evaluation Research (KER) Unit and the Late Stage Translational Research Core in the Center for Clinical and Translational Sciences at Mayo Clinic. Her primary research interests include patient-centered care and communication techniques to understand and support the capacity of patients with multiple chronic conditions and their caregivers. She has currently authored or coauthored over 20 publications on this topic, including a systematic review and thematic synthesis to develop a Theory of Patient Capacity. Furthermore, she has developed the ICAN Discussion Aid, a practical communication tool that supports the practice of MDM, to assist patients, their caregivers, and their healthcare teams with discussions about how life and healthcare are working together. This Discussion Aid also supports a practice called “Capacity Coaching” developed by Dr. Boehmer and her collaborators.
Dr. Boone has a career-long history as a dynamic, innovative thought leader and a public voice on the power of real-world evidence, health informatics, and big data analytics and its ability to radically transform the global healthcare system into a learning health system.
Dr. Boone currently serves as the Vice President and Global Head of Health Economics and Outcomes Research at AbbVie. He is also an adjunct assistant professor of health administration at New York University's Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, an active board member of several influential organizations, and a co-founder of a few startup companies. Most recently, he served as the Vice President and Head of Global Medical Epidemiology and Big Data Analysis at Pfizer.
He has been recognized as a 2020 Global Top 100 Innovator in Data & Analytics, 2019 Top 100 Innovator in Data & Analytics, a 2018 Emerging Pharma Leader by Pharmaceutical Executive, and a 2017 Top 40 Under 40 Leader in Minority Health by the National Minority Quality Forum (NMQF).
Dr. Boone holds, or has held, appointments to some of the most influential national committees focused on health data and patient centricity, including the Board of Directors for the Stewards of Change Institute, the Executive Board of Directors for the Patient Advocate Foundation, the Executive Board of Directors for the National Patient Advocate Foundation, the Board of Directors for SHARE for Cures, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Data Across Sectors for Health (DASH) Initiative, the Interoperability Committee for the National Quality Forum, the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics (NCVHS) Working Group on HHS Data Access and Use, the Health IT Policy Committee (federal advisory committee), and the advisory group for the American Society of Clinical Oncologists’ (ASCO) CancerLinQ initiative.
He earned a BS degree from the University of Tulsa, an MHA degree from the University of Texas at Arlington, a PhD degree from the University of Texas at Dallas, and two executive certificates from the Harvard Kennedy School. He is a Fellow of the American College of Health Executives and a Fellow of the Healthcare Information Management & Systems Society.
Dr. Boustani is a geriatrician, a neuroscientist, and an implementation scientist with extensive experience in developing, evaluating, implementing, and disseminating healthcare innovations with a main focus on brain health. He is the Founding Director of the Sandra Eskenazi Center for Brain Care Innovation and the Chief Innovation and Implementation Officer for Indiana University Center for Health Innovation and Implementation Science (www.hii.iu.edu). Over the past decade, Dr. Boustani has built a clinical laboratory of more than 2,000 ambulatory practices serving at least 10 million lives within five Midwestern States (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and Kentucky). He used the above clinical laboratory to lead the execution of numerous clinical research studies funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services totaling more than $100 million. He has more than 160 peer-reviewed publications.
Dr. Bowdoin joined the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) as the Director of the Division of Community Systems Transformation in the Disabled and Elderly Health Programs Group in the Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services in 2018. In this role, she is responsible for programs and initiatives that promote community integration, increase access to services, and improve quality of care and outcomes for older adults, people with disabilities, and people with substance use disorders. Prior to joining CMS, Dr. Bowdoin served as a consultant to the Rhode Island Executive Office of Health and Human Services, where she focused on Medicaid policy and program reforms to improve outcomes and the value of care for people receiving long-term services and people who are dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid. Previously, she was the Manager of New Initiative Development for the Rhode Island Quality Institute, a nonprofit organization with a mission to improve the quality, safety, and value of healthcare in Rhode Island, as well as the manager of Rhode Island’s multipayer patient-centered medical home initiative. She has a PhD degree in public health from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, a Master of Science degree in human development and family studies from the University of Rhode Island, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Harvard and Radcliffe colleges.
Dr. Bowles' program of research in clinical decision support for discharge planning, transitions in care, and home care with vulnerable older adults has been continuously funded for 20 years by diverse Federal and foundation sources. She has served on many national committees and workgroups to advance the care of older Americans such as the National Quality Forum, the Care Coordination Steering Committee and the Heath Information Technology Standards Panel (HITSP) Care Coordination Committee. She was an invited expert consultant on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)Technical Expert Panel on the Post-Acute Care Assessment instrument (CARE tool) and two other Expert Panels to develop measures for transitions in care and continuity of care. She applied her information technology expertise as a workgroup member to recommend the standards for the Continuity of Care Record with the Center for Aging Services Technology and the American Health Information Management Association. Dr. Bowles co-founded RightCare Solutions, a software company based on her team's research on decision support for post-acute care referrals. She was appointed to the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) Advisory Council and delivered the 2016 NINR Director's Lecture. She was invited by the National Academy of Medicine and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology to discuss Optimizing Strategies for Clinical Decision Support. She is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and the American College of Medical Informatics, a member of the American Nurses Association (ANA), and Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society, where she was inducted into the International Nursing Research Hall of Fame.
Dr. Boyd is Professor of Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in the Division of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology, and is a core faculty member at the Johns Hopkins Center on Aging and Health and the Roger C. Lipitz Center for Integrated Health Care. Dr. Boyd holds a joint appointment in the Department of Health Policy and Management and Epidemiology at the Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Dr. Boyd studied molecular biophysics and biochemistry as an undergraduate at Yale University. She received an MD degree from Duke University School of Medicine and an MPH degree in epidemiology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, School of Public Health. Dr. Boyd completed her internal medicine residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital, and a geriatrics fellowship at the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center.
Dr. Boyd conducts research into how to improve care of patients with multiple chronic conditions, with funding from the NIH, AHRQ, PCORI, and private foundations. She is trained in internal medicine, geriatric medicine, and epidemiology. Dr. Boyd’s main interests include the clinical care of older adults with multiple chronic conditions both chronically and during acute illness. Dr. Boyd and colleagues have published work on the applicability of clinical practice guidelines to people with multimorbidity and the implications for the measurement of quality of care for this population. Dr. Boyd has been involved in the development and evaluation of Guided Care, a medical home for patients with several conditions. Dr. Boyd has participated in the evaluation of the effects of pay for performance initiatives on older adults with multiple chronic conditions. Dr. Boyd is conducting work along the translational path from the design and conduct of clinical trials, methods to develop a synthesis of the evidence base that informs patient-centered care of people with multiple chronic conditions, and how clinical practice guidelines and quality measures can be more relevant to people with multiple chronic conditions. Dr. Boyd received the American Geriatrics Society’s Award for Outstanding Clinical Investigation in 2010 for her body of work on people with multiple chronic conditions.
Dr. Brandt is Professor in Pharmacy Practice and Science at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy and Executive Director of the Peter Lamy Center on Drug Therapy and Aging. Since joining the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy, Dr. Brandt has expanded available geriatric training opportunities. She was named the 2019 recipient of the American Geriatrics Society’s (AGS) Dennis W. Jahnigen Memorial Award for her leadership in geriatrics education. She has worked on various interdisciplinary teams across numerous practice settings and is currently leading initiatives to integrate sustainable pharmacist-directed services to help older adults with multiple comorbidities at the MedStar Center for Successful Aging. Dr. Brandt has been active in promoting optimal care for older adults through her educational, clinical, and healthcare policy work. She co-led an initiative that led to the University of Maryland, Baltimore and University of Maryland, Baltimore County to become the first universities in the State of Maryland to receive Age-Friendly University distinction. Her public policy advocacy occurs on both a State and a national level. She is one of the authors of the 2012, 2015, and 2019 American Geriatrics Society Beer’s Criteria and the Past President and Board Chairman of American Society of Consultant Pharmacists. She recently co-chaired a task force convened by the Peter Lamy Center on Drug Therapy and Aging at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy with assistance from the US Deprescribing Research Network to develop an Implementation Guide for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care during the COVID-19 pandemic. She is passionate about improving the lives of older adults and those who care for them through her educational, clinical, and advocacy efforts.
Dr. Cary is an Associate Professor in the School of Nursing, Senior Fellow in the Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development, and core faculty member in the Center for Biobehavioral Health Disparities Research at Duke University. In his research, he uses large datasets and advanced analytics to (1) better understand risk factors for complications and adverse outcomes (functional decline and rehospitalizations) among older adults with medically complex conditions treated in PAC settings and (2) measure quality in PAC settings to promote performance improvements.
Currently, his work focuses on system outcomes including hospital readmission and successful community discharge following inpatient rehabilitation. Specifically, through a grant funded by the Duke Clinical and Translational Sciences Award, he studies multiple chronic conditions (MCCs) among hip fracture patients treated in Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities to (1) identify subgroups of hip fracture patients with MCCs associated with higher risk for readmission so that targeted interventions can be developed, (2) support the development of evidence-based clinical guidelines specific to hip fracture patients with MCCs, and (3) shape performance-based payment to Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities based on risk-adjusted measures. Dr. Cary earned a bachelor’s degree in health services administration from James Madison University. He also earned bachelor's, master's, and PhD degrees in nursing from the University of Virginia.
Dr. Ciemins is Vice President of Research and Analytics at the American Medical Group Association (AMGA), where she helps support member organizations on their journeys from volume- to value-based care. Dr. Ciemins provides oversight for quantitative and mixed methods research projects, measure development and testing, analytics support for disease-specific best practices learning collaboratives, and research projects in partnership with AMGA members and academic institutions. She is an expert on balancing lean process improvement methods with insights from complexity science.
Dr. Croft is an epidemiologist with 30 years of epidemiology experience with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for multiple chronic diseases and their risk factors and 20 years of experience as a CDC manager. She is the Branch Chief for the Healthy Aging Branch (proposed) since October 2020 and provides overall management of three teams that focus on arthritis, Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, caregivers, and healthy aging.
Ms. D’Antonio is the Vice President of Professional Affairs for The Gerontological Society of America (GSA) and a board-certified geriatric pharmacist. She is responsible for developing and managing GSA’s relationships with other organizations in the aging arena and leading major Society programs and projects. She directs GSA’s policy initiatives through the National Academy on an Aging Society, GSA’s non-partisan public policy institute. Additionally, she serves as the Program Director for the Reframing Aging Initiative, a long-term social change endeavor designed to improve the public’s understanding of what aging means and the many ways that older people contribute to our society. Before joining GSA, Ms. D’Antonio served as Executive Director for the District of Columbia Board of Pharmacy and Program Manager for the Pharmaceutical Control Division, where she was responsible for the regulatory and policy development for the practice of pharmacy in the District, and inspection and investigation of regulated facilities. She served as liaison to the FDA, DEA, and other Federal, State, and city organizations that promote safe handling of medications. She received her Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy degree from Duquesne University and her Master of Science in Health Finance and Master of Business Administration degrees with a concentration in healthcare from Temple University. She completed a residency in administration and finance at the Philadelphia Geriatric Center.
Ms. De Lew is the Associate Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health Policy in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation at HHS. She serves as the senior career official in the Office of Health Policy, where she leads a team who apply their skills in policy development, strategic planning, research, and evaluation to some of the Department’s most challenging health policy problems. She provides executive leadership and coordination on a broad range of healthcare financing, coverage, access, public health, and quality issues.
Dr. Dorr earned his BA degree in economics (with minors in mathematics and psychology) and his MD degree from Washington University in St. Louis. He then completed Internal Medicine residency at Oregon Health & Science University, and earned a master's degree in medical informatics and health services administration from the University of Utah. Broadly, Dr. Dorr's interests lie in complex care management, especially for primary care, older adults and other at-risk populations, coordination of care, collaborative care, chronic disease management, quality, and the requirements of clinical information systems to support these areas. From these interests, he has broadened into clinical information needs, Electronic Health Record deployment, and Health Information Exchange as a way to expand systems-based approaches to healthcare. Finally, Dr. Dorr performs evaluations of care management and informatics initiatives using a variety of methodologies.
Ms. Dubow retired from a 40-year professional career in healthcare that included positions in advocacy, public policy, health plan leadership, and government service. She now is a public member of the American Board of Internal Medicine’s Geriatric Medicine Board and represents the consumer perspective on the Geriatric Measures Advisory Panel of the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) and on other ad hoc health-related initiatives. She is a member of the Commission on Aging in Montgomery County, Maryland. As a certified Master Gardener, she volunteers in therapeutic horticulture programs. She is a board member of the Informed Patient Institute and the Holiday Park Senior Center. Prior to her retirement in 2015, Ms. Dubow was a Senior Principal for health policy and strategy in AARP’s Office of the Executive Vice President for Policy and Strategy. She had responsibility for a portfolio related to AARP’s healthcare reform initiatives with a focus on healthcare quality, health information technology, consumer decision making, and private health plans in the Medicare program. Earlier in her career, Ms. Dubow was the Director for Policy and Legislation in the Federal Office of Health Maintenance Organizations at the U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare (HEW). Prior to HEW, she was the Executive Vice President of the Georgetown University Community Health Plan, a university-sponsored prepaid group practice plan.
Ms. Edgman-Levitan is Executive Director of the John D. Stoeckle Center for Primary Care Innovation at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), a lecturer in the Department of Medicine, MGH, and an Associate in Health Policy, Harvard Medical School. The Stoeckle Center is deeply involved in leading primary care transformation across the Partners Healthcare System in New England, now known as Mass General Brigham. Prior to MGH, Ms. Edgman-Levitan was the founding President of the Picker Institute. A constant advocate of understanding the patient’s perspective on healthcare, she has been the co-principal investigator on the Harvard Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS) study and is a member of the Lucian Leape Institute at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) and is also a Senior Fellow at IHI. She chaired the NCQA 2011 Patient-Centered Medical Home Standards National Advisory Committee and co-chaired the HCP-LAN Primary Care Payment Work Group with Dr. Bill Golden to develop national guidelines for primary care payment for CMS, which were adapted for the CPC+ program at CMMI. She is an editor of Through the Patient’s Eyes, a book on creating and sustaining patient-centered care and The CAHPS Improvement Guide, and co-authored the Institute of Medicine 2006 report, “The Future of Drug Safety: Promoting and Protecting the Health of the Public.” She is a founding member of the Massachusetts Primary Care Alliance for Patients, a statewide collaboration working with the Massachusetts State legislature to fund enhanced payments for primary care services and to support practices that are at risk because of the COVID pandemic. Ms. Edgman-Levitan serves on several boards and national advisory committees, including the AHRQ National Advisory Council, the ABIM Foundation, and the Primary Care Collaborative. In 2007, she received the Leadership and Innovation Award from the Center for Information Therapy and the 2016 Inaugural Richard Nesson Award from the Massachusetts Health Quality Partnership. In 2020 she received the Partners Healthcare System Award for system collaboration. Ms. Edgman-Levitan holds degrees from the University of Michigan and the Duke University Physician Assistant Program, where she received the Distinguished Alumni Award and was inducted into the Duke University Medical Center Hall of Fame in 2004.
Dr. Essary serves as the Scrivner Family Director of the Research, Quality Improvement, and Patient Safety (ResQIPS) Program for Academic Affairs at HonorHealth. Dr. Essary is a health services researcher whose work centers on improving the health of populations, reducing the total cost of care, and enhancing the patient and family experience. She brings more than 15 years of experience in the fields of consulting, teaching, research, scholarly activity, and grants. Her most recent position was Director and Clinical Professor, School for the Science of Health Care Delivery, College of Health Solutions, Arizona State University (ASU). She currently holds academic appointments with the College of Health Sciences, Northern Arizona University – Phoenix Biomedical Campus; WP Carey School of Business, ASU; and the College of Graduate Health Studies, A.T. Still University.
Ms. Feinberg is Senior Strategic Policy Advisor at the AARP Public Policy Institute, responsible for family caregiving and long-term care issues. She came to AARP from the National Partnership for Women & Families, serving as the first Director of the Campaign for Better Care. Previously, Ms. Feinberg served as Deputy Director of the National Center on Caregiving at the San Francisco-based Family Caregiver Alliance (FCA). At FCA, she directed the National Consensus Project for Caregiver Assessment, and led the first 50-State study on publicly funded caregiving programs in the United States. She has published and lectured widely on family care policy and practice, and has held leadership positions on numerous advisory boards and committees to address aging, caregiving, and long-term care issues, including the American Bar Association’s Commission on Law and Aging, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Committee on Family Caregiving for Older Adults, and as Chair of the American Society on Aging (ASA) Board of Directors. Currently, Ms. Feinberg is Immediate Past Chair of the Public Policy Committee at the Gerontological Society of America (GSA), an elected member of the National Academy for Social Insurance (NASI), and a member of the National Advisory Board for the Health and Aging Policy Fellows Program. In 2007-2008, Ms. Feinberg was selected as the John Heinz Senate Fellow in Aging, serving in the office of former U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer. In 2015, she received the Paul Nathanson Distinguished Advocate Award from Justice in Aging for her career work on family care issues. Ms. Feinberg holds a master’s degree in social welfare and gerontology from the University of California at Berkeley.
Dr. Feudtner is a pediatrician, clinical investigator, and ethicist at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and Professor of Pediatrics, Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania, who focuses on improving the lives of children with complex chronic conditions and their families. He is the Director of the Department of Medical Ethics and holds the Steven D. Handler Endowed Chair of Medical Ethics at CHOP, where he is also the Associate Division Chief for the Division of General Pediatrics and an attending physician and Director of Research for the Pediatric Advance Care Team (which provides palliative, end-of-life, and bereavement services) and the Complex Care Service (which cares for hospitalized children with chronic conditions and technology-dependent healthcare needs). He has published over 300 articles regarding pediatric palliative care, epidemiology, health service use and quality, child outcomes, and medical ethics, with funding from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the National Institutes of Health, the National Library of Medicine, and several generous private foundations. In the realm of pediatric palliative care, Dr. Feudtner is board certified in hospice and palliative care medicine, and is one of the leading researchers, educators, and leaders of the field. As a historian of medicine, he authored a book on the history of diabetes in America, entitled Bittersweet: Diabetes, Insulin, and the Transformation of Illness (University of North Carolina Press, 2003). In the field of medical ethics, he has worked on understanding medical student and resident ethical development and examined the ways that emotions and cognitive heuristics shape medical decision making, and on the interface of ethics and public health policy regarding immunizations and the care of children with complex chronic conditions, including when needed palliative and hospice care. His clinical, teaching, mentoring, and research accomplishments have been recognized by the Stanley Stamm Role Model in Medicine Award (given by the residents in the pediatric training program at the University of Washington in 2000), The Class of 1990 David Cornfeld Bedside Teaching Award (given by the residents of The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia in 2005), The Leonard Tow Humanism Award (given by the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in 2011), the Samuel Martin Health Evaluation Sciences Research Award (given by the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in 2011), the CHOP Mentor Award (given by The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia in 2012), the Hastings Center Cunniff-Dixon Physician Award (2014), the American Academy of Pediatrics’ William G. Bartholome Award for Ethical Excellence (2017), his appointment as a Hastings Center Fellow (2014), and the Award for Excellence in Scientific Research in Palliative Care from the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (2019). He lives outside Philadelphia with his wife (a family physician), three children (one now off at college), and an inveterate squirrel-chasing dog, Rita.
Specifically, Dr. Fitzelle’s research includes conducting program evaluation using mixed methods with disability benefits and on a wide variety of healthcare issues. In his current role as Scientific Program Manager, he manages about 60 Long-term Care and Aging projects for the Office of Research and Development Health Services Research and Development portfolio. Previously he served as a data analyst and Privacy Officer for the National Center for Veterans Analysis and Statistics.
Dr. Fulmer is the President of the John A. Hartford Foundation in New York City, an organization dedicated to improving the care of older adults. Established in 1929, the Foundation has a current endowment of over $560 million and is world-renowned for philanthropy devoted exclusively to the health of older adults. She serves as the chief strategist for Foundation giving and is also the chief spokesperson for advancing the Foundation’s mission.
Dr. Fulmer is nationally and internationally recognized as a leading expert in geriatrics and is best known for conceptualization and development of the national NICHE program and research on the topic of elder abuse and neglect, work that has been funded by the National Institute on Aging and the National Institute of Nursing Research. Her recent effort with the Age-Friendly Health Systems initiative in partnership with IHI is a potential game changer for how we think about care for older adults.
Dr. Glazier is Scientific Director of the Institute of Health Services and Policy Research at the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). He is a Family Physician and Senior Scientist at ICES (formerly Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences) and a staff family physician at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto and a Scientist in its MAP Centre for Urban Health Solutions. At the University of Toronto, Dr. Glazier is a Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine and the Dalla Lana School of Public Health. His research focuses on evaluating health system transformation, primary care health services delivery models, health of disadvantaged populations, management of chronic conditions, and population-based and geographic methods for improving equity in health.
Ms. Goins is the Grants Manager in AHRQ’s Center for Evidence and Practice Improvement (CEPI). In this role, she coordinates grantee, potential grantee, and program staff activities and processes. She also manages CEPI’s operating budget, serves as project officer on contracts, and serves as backup on CEPI operations. Ms. Goins is a 27-year veteran of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and has been at AHRQ since 1997. She attended Catholic University, where she received her Master of Science degree in management with a focus on Federal acquisitions in May 2014. She received her bachelor’s degree in mass communications from Virginia Commonwealth University.
Dr. Grant is a Research Scientist III at the Kaiser Permanente Northern California (KPNC) Division of Research and an Adjunct Professor at the UCSF School of Medicine. His expertise lies in implementing research strategies to improve primary care delivery. Over the past 18 years on faculty (9 years in the Division of General Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital and 9 at KPNC), Dr. Grant has authored over 150 papers examining barriers and facilitators to evidence-based primary care for complex patients and has been the principal investigator for 14 externally funded grant awards, including several pragmatic clinical trials of health IT-based interventions to improve patient-provider communication. His leadership in primary care research is reflected in his role as the first primary care physician to chair the American Diabetes Association’s Professional Practice Committee (which sets and updates the standards of care for patients with diabetes each year), his work as an Associate Editor at JAMA Internal Medicine, and his directorship of KPNC’s Delivery Science Fellowship program for training postdoctoral fellows in the science of healthcare delivery.
Dr. Gurwitz is the founding Executive Director of the Meyers Primary Care Institute, a joint endeavor of University of Massachusetts Medical School, Fallon Health, and Reliant Medical Group established in 1996. The Meyers Primary Care Institute has a mission to improve the health and healthcare of populations and communities through innovative research and educational endeavors. He currently holds the Dr. John Meyers Professorship in Primary Care Medicine at University of Massachusetts Medical School, where he also serves as Chief of the Division of Geriatric Medicine.
Dr. Gurwitz has served as Chair of the Governing Board of the Health Care Systems Research Network, the leading organization of healthcare delivery system scientists in the United States. He is Principal Investigator of the AGING Initiative (Advancing Geriatrics Infrastructure and Network Growth), funded by the National Institute on Aging, that brings together the Health Care Systems Research Network with the 14 university-based Older Americans Independence Centers (“Pepper Centers”) across the United States to foster collaborative research efforts targeting older adults with multimorbidity. Dr. Gurwitz has also served on the Steering Committee of STRIDE (STrategies to Reduce Injuries and Develop Confidence in Elders), a pragmatic clinical trial to reduce the risk of serious fall-related injuries in older adults, which was funded by PCORI and the National Institute on Aging. In addition, he is an investigator under the FDA Sentinel Initiative, which has a mission to proactively monitor the safety of medical products after they have reached the market.
Dr. Gurwitz’s research falls at the intersection of geriatric medicine, patient safety, and healthcare delivery science. His career has covered a spectrum from aging pharmacology to medication effectiveness and safety, to testing of innovative health information technology-based interventions to improve the quality and safety of healthcare during transitions in care across clinical settings. Dr. Gurwitz has been the recipient of numerous awards including the John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Award for Research from the National Safety Foundation and the Joint Commission. He has been the recipient of the Leon I. Goldberg Young Investigator Award from the American Society of Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics (ASCPT), the William B. Abrams Award in Geriatric Clinical Pharmacology from ASCPT, and the George F. Archambault Award from the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists.
Dr. Hacker is the Director of CDC’s National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, where she oversees more than 1,000 staff dedicated to preventing chronic diseases and promoting health across the lifespan.
Before joining CDC in 2019, Dr. Hacker was Director of the Allegheny County Health Department in Pennsylvania. Previously, she held a variety of leadership roles at the Cambridge Health Alliance in Massachusetts, including her role as the Senior Medical Director for Public and Community Health.
Dr. Hacker has published extensively and is an expert in community-based participatory research (CBPR). She served as the Director of the CBPR program of the Harvard Clinical and Translational Science Award Initiative and wrote Community-Based Participatory Action Research, a widely used academic text.
Dr. Hacker received her MD degree from Northwestern University School of Medicine and her MPH degree with Honors from Boston University School of Public Health.
Dr. Halfond is Director, Evidence Based Practice, in Practice Transformation and Quality, Practice Directorate, at the American Psychological Association (APA). Dr. Halfond leads APA’s efforts regarding evidence-based practice (EBP) in psychology. This includes the development of resources, such as clinical practice guidelines, and the promotion of EBP in clinical practice as well as serving as a liaison to external stakeholders. She has extensive training in evidence-based treatments, particularly for children and adolescents. She frequently presents on topics relevant to evidence-based practice and actively publishes in peer-reviewed journals and books. Dr. Halfond is a child clinical psychologist who received her doctorate in clinical psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University, her master’s degree in experimental psychology from Wake Forest University, and her bachelor’s degree in psychology and Hispanic studies from the College of William and Mary. She completed her APA-approved clinical internship at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and her postdoctoral fellowship at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. Dr. Halfond is licensed in Virginia.
Dr. Hamilton is Chief Officer of Implementation and Policy at the VA Center for the Study of Healthcare Innovation, Implementation, and Policy at the Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System and Professor-in-Residence in the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at UCLA. She received her PhD degree in medical and psychological anthropology from UCLA in 2002 and her MPH degree in community health sciences from UCLA in 2009. Dr. Hamilton’s research portfolio focuses on improving health services for vulnerable populations by understanding people’s lived experiences and implementing evidence-based and evidence-informed practices in contextually and theoretically informed ways. She is currently PI of five major VA- and NIH-funded implementation and health services research initiatives. She serves as an Associate Editor for Implementation Science Communications, and on the Editorial Boards of Implementation Science, Women’s Health Issues, and Implementation Research and Practice.
Dr. Hannoush is a noninvasive cardiologist who practiced in the private sector for a few years, followed by working at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute for 10 years up to 2019. Afterwards, she started her fellowship in Genomics Program Management, which is funded by the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics and National Human Genome Research Institute . During the fellowship, she rotates through different institutes and recently has been working with the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities on a project studying the current healthcare models in the United States to determine the best model to improve health outcomes.
Dr. Hargraves is a designer, shared decision-making researcher, and Assistant Professor of Medicine with the Mayo Clinic Knowledge and Evaluation Research Unit in Rochester, Minnesota. He holds master’s and PhD degrees in design from Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh. At the Mayo Clinic, Dr. Hargraves leads the human-centered design of shared decision-making interventions developed to support the conversations in which patients and clinicians think, talk, and feel through medical decisions together. Along with his collaborators—including AHRQ, he has developed a novel model of shared decision making, Purposeful SDM, which is oriented toward helping patients and clinicians work through what to do in response to the particularities of a patient’s situation. This problem-focused approach is particularly pertinent to co-creating care for MCC in which decision making is often in response to multifaceted issues, options, and limitations. Dr. Hargraves also contributed to the development of AHRQ’s Care and Learn model.
Dr. Hoeksema has extensive healthcare system health information technology experience. Expertise includes implementing national health informatics evidence with goals to enhance patient and population health outcomes, decrease clinician burnout, and improve organizational informatics maturity. Past roles include Clinical Transformation Manager and Senior Health Informatics Specialist providing internal consultation in a large Midwest healthcare system (Spectrum Health). She was a book reviewer for the ONC-funded “Inspired EHRs: Designing for Clinicians” and has been guest faculty for Tufts University's Master in Health Informatics and Analytics. Earlier, she practiced clinically as a nurse practitioner since 1996 in both ambulatory and hospital environments across three different health systems and was adjunct faculty at two universities. Dr. Hoeksema successfully defended her Doctor of Nursing Practice project in 2020 at The Ohio State University titled “Defining Applied Cognitive Informatics Competencies Focused on Human Factors in Healthcare Using a Delphi Approach.” She also has a post-master's graduate certificate from Johns Hopkins University in Applied Healthcare Informatics. Dr. Hoeksema is the current elected student representative to both the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) Board of Directors and AMIA's Nursing Informatics Working Group and serves on several AMIA committees and task forces.
Dr. Holtrop is a Professor and Vice Chair for Research in the Department of Family Medicine and a Senior Implementation Scientist and Associate Director of the Dissemination and Implementation Research Program within the Adult and Child Consortium for Health Outcomes Research and Delivery Science (ACCORDS) at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. Additionally, she is a Senior Scientific Advisor with the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). Dr. Holtrop’s expertise spans many areas. She has extensive experience as an implementation scientist, qualitative and mixed methods researcher, health educator, and practice-based research director. She teaches several University of Colorado graduate-level courses on the application of designs and mixed methods for dissemination and implementation research and on qualitative research. She has over 10 years of experience as a practice-based research network director at the University of Colorado (SNOCAP) and Michigan State University (GRIN). Dr. Holtrop has participated in primary care research for over 20 years; this includes serving as a Principal Investigator on NIH, AHRQ, and foundation grants.
Methodologically, her expertise is in the use of qualitative and mixed methods to inform research questions. She has directed large studies with extensive qualitative components incorporating both theoretical models as a guide as well as grounded theoretical approaches and is skilled in facilitating focus groups, depth and cognitive task analysis interviews, analyzing qualitative data utilizing atlas.ti, developing logic models, and conducting analysis using qualitative comparative analysis. The main topical area of her own work has been to improve care delivery for healthy behaviors in primary care. This includes studying the implementation of care management and the use of ancillary personnel to improve the prevention and management of chronic disease in primary care, including diabetes and obesity. She is currently co-PI of an NIDDK-funded R18 study to implement weight management in primary care. She is a mentor on multiple K and CDA awards and does a large amount of junior faculty mentoring in the Department of Family Medicine and other School of Medicine departments assisting investigators with successfully securing grant funding, completing publications, and progressing toward promotion. She has recently completed additional training in leadership and executive coaching and is a certified executive and leadership coach. Finally, she is a master certified health education specialist (MCHES) with expertise in patient education and health behavior change, including motivational interviewing, which are applied to intervention development in programs and approaches in a variety of settings.
Ms. Jameson is an artist who specializes in the intersection of art and science. She transforms her brain scans into provocative images that challenge how society views the brain, disability, and illness. Since her diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis, she has continually undergone brain scans to track the progression of her disease. She began using art to reinterpret these images. Her work invites people to discuss what it means to live in an imperfect body, and to stare directly at the beauty and complexity of the imperfect brain with curiosity. Her art is exhibited in the permanent collections of various institutions, including the National Institutes of Health, Harvard University, Yale University, University of California, Berkeley, and the John Paul II MS Rehabilitation Center in Borne Sulinowo, Poland.
As her disease has progressed, her practice has evolved. She now uses storytelling, technology, and design to focus on expanding the narrative of illness. She writes articles focused on patient-centered healthcare and design; her work has been published by The New York Times, British Medical Journal, MIT’s Leonardo journal, WIRED, and others. Previously, she has worked on projects designed to transform the untapped potential of time spent in waiting rooms of clinics. Ms. Jameson has presented at Stanford University’s TEDx and has been a speaker at numerous medical schools and universities throughout the country.
Prior to her diagnosis of MS, she served as a civil rights lawyer and worked on legal issues involving vulnerable populations, including those living with chronic illness and disability. She remains engaged with disability groups and legal organizations regarding issues involving the ACA, especially as it pertains to chronic illness and the current pandemic. The goal is to ensure equal access to healthcare.
Dr. Jarrín is a gerontological nurse researcher and Director of the Community Health and Aging Outcomes Laboratory in the Institute for Health, Health Care Policy, and Aging Research at Rutgers University. She is a tenure-track assistant professor in the School of Nursing at Rutgers and an adjunct faculty appointment in nursing at the University of Pennsylvania. Her research builds on 20 years of experience in healthcare, including as a home healthcare nurse and case manager serving chronically ill/medically complex, Medicare/Medicaid-dual eligible, and Spanish-speaking older adults. Her program of research focuses on understanding health systems factors including the design and delivery of home healthcare services as a strategy to improve care quality and outcomes for older adults living with chronic and advanced illness. Her laboratory works with 100 percent national Medicare data and all projects focus on understanding the magnitude and drivers of racial/ethnic disparities in healthcare access and outcomes. Dr. Jarrín’s research has been funded by an AHRQ K99/R00 Pathway to Independence award, and an R01 from NIH National Institute on Aging for work on upstream factors, including utilization of home healthcare and home hospice that impact late-life care and outcomes for people living with dementia including dementias related to Alzheimer’s disease.
Dr. Kanel is a practicing internist, former Chief Medical Officer of Pittsburgh Regional Health Initiative, and Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.
Dr. Kelley is Professor and Vice Chair for Health Policy and Faculty Development, and Hermann Merkin Professor in Palliative Care in the Brookdale Department of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and the James J. Peters Veterans Affairs Medical Center in New York. Dr. Kelley completed her medical degree at Weill Medical College of Cornell University. She completed her training in Internal Medicine at New York-Presbyterian Hospital (Cornell) and continued on at Weill Cornell as a Fellow in Geriatric Medicine. She was selected for the National Research Service Award at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), where she completed a Master of Science in Health Services degree through the UCLA School of Public Health.
Dr. Kelley’s research bridges the intersection between geriatrics and palliative medicine by focusing on the needs of seriously ill older adults and their families. She is particularly interested in regional practice variations and the relationship between patients’ social, functional, and medical characteristics and treatment intensity. She is currently pursuing research that will help to prospectively identify those older adults who are at greatest risk for high healthcare costs and may have unmet palliative care needs. Her research has been funded by the National Institute on Aging, The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, and the National Palliative Care Research Center, among others. Dr. Kelley has received numerous awards for her work including the 2009 Brookdale Leadership in Aging Fellowship, the 2012 Paul B. Beeson Career Development Award, 2013 American Geriatrics Society Outstanding Junior Investigator of the Year, and 2015 American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine Inspiring Hospice and Palliative Medicine Leaders.
As Vice Chair of Health Policy and Faculty Development, she also supports the Department’s programs for Wellbeing and Resilience and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. She is also an active clinician who cares for healthy older adults and those with serious illness.
Appointed Director in May 2017, Mr. Khanna led AHRQ’s efforts to develop the knowledge, tools, and data needed to improve the healthcare system and help Americans, healthcare professionals, and policymakers make informed health decisions.
Mr. Khanna possesses a wealth of public-sector experience in Federal and State governments and specializes in data-driven strategies to improve organizational performance. He came to AHRQ from Illinois, where he was Director of the FRAMEWORK Project, which developed the vision for Illinois’ Healthcare and Human Services Innovation Incubator. Mr. Khanna led a cross-functional team to design the buildout of a secure data platform to provide a 360-degree view of each family and person who receives State services, facilitating efficient program management, strategic policymaking, and customer-centric services delivery. Lessons learned from the effort will be used to stand up additional innovative enterprise data management projects to support other State agencies.
Mr. Khanna was also Minnesota’s first Chief Information Officer and served the second Bush Administration in senior policy positions including Chief Information Officer and Chief Financial Officer for the Peace Corps and Chief Financial Officer of the Executive Office of the President’s Office of Administration.
Prior to his Government service, Mr. Khanna held executive positions in private-sector information technology, finance, operations, strategic planning, business development, consulting, and startup ventures.
Mr. Khanna earned a bachelor’s degree in economics, mathematics, and political science from Christ Church College in Kanpur, India, and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Maine. Mr. Khanna served as President of the National Association of State CIOs from 2008 to 2009. He is a recipient of the prestigious Federal 100 Award and has been recognized for his IT expertise in publications including Computerworld, Government Technology, Information Week, and Twin Cities Business.
Ms. Khillan is a Senior Policy Advisor at AARP, where she manages the development and publication of AARP’s biennial Policy Book, a compendium of the organization’s policy stances on a variety of issues impacting the 50+ population, from health security, to financial resilience, to consumer rights and livable communities. Prior to joining AARP, she worked at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE). There she conducted research and analysis on a variety of disability and aging policy issues, particularly on financing long-term care, and care management for people with multiple ADL needs. For 4 years, she was the staff lead for the National Alzheimer’s Project Act (NAPA), passed by Congress in an effort to better coordinate the Federal government’s work on dementia across biomedical research, clinical care, and long-term services and supports. She was responsible for writing the annual update to the National Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease, and also managed the Advisory Council on Alzheimer’s Research, Care, and Services, which made annual recommendations for priority actions to improve the health outcomes of people with dementia and reduce burden on their families and society. Ms. Khillan has a Master of Public Health degree in health policy from the Mailman School at Columbia University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Haverford College.
Dr. Kilbourne is Director of the VA Quality Enhancement Research Initiative (QUERI) and Professor of Learning Health Sciences at the University of Michigan (UM) Medical School. With over 40 centers across the United States, the mission of QUERI is to improve veterans’ health by accelerating the implementation of research findings into real-world practice. Dr. Kilbourne’s goal is to improve health outcomes, especially for chronic conditions through implementation science, i.e., the use of strategies to help providers scale up and spread effective practices in real-world treatment settings. She developed the Enhanced Replicating Effective Programs (REP), one of the first operationalized implementation strategies designed to improve uptake of effective interventions in routine practice. Dr. Kilbourne also conducted the first national sequential multiple assignment randomized trial (SMART) study to compare different implementation strategies to deploy effective practices, in order to determine the added value of more versus less intensive implementation strategies in clinical settings, and more recently, expanded this work to behavioral interventions in schools. Dr. Kilbourne also led the development and implementation of the Life Goals Collaborative Care intervention, a psychosocial intervention designed to improve physical and mental health outcomes for persons with mood disorders using cognitive-behavioral and cardiovascular disease risk factor management techniques. Life Goals Collaborative Care has been shown to be effective in several randomized controlled trials across clinical and community-based settings, including several State and national health plans. She has also led several national implementation and quality improvement initiatives including a national population management program to provide outreach services for veterans with serious mental illness and chronic disease (Re-Engage), a national health disparities research agenda, and a community care implementation research roadmap. Dr. Kilbourne is the recipient of several awards including the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) and the Gerald L. Klerman Research Award from the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA). Dr. Kilbourne received her Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of California at Berkeley (double major in molecular biology and rhetoric), and her master’s degree in epidemiology and PhD degree in health policy from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Dr. Kim is a Program Director in the Outcomes Research Branch (ORB) of the Healthcare Delivery Research Program. Prior to joining ORB, he served as a Program Official (PO) in the Division of Health Information Technology (IT) at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). At AHRQ, he served as a PO for health IT grants and the scientific and research focused on utilizing health IT to implement and disseminate successful practice models using patient-reported outcomes. Dr. Kim also has experience working in the health IT private sector, where he served as the Director of Solutions and Analytics at Healthcare Interactive, Inc. His areas of focus include health IT system design and workflows, clinical trials in underserved and minority populations, mHealth, artificial intelligence, and clinical decision support. His research interests include generating new knowledge and translational science in health IT to improve cancer survivorship, patient outcomes, multiple chronic conditions, and cancer symptom management.
Prior to his work in the health IT private sector, Dr. Kim was an Assistant Professor of Oncology at Georgetown University, leading cancer prevention and control clinical trials in minority populations.
Dr. Klabunde is a health services researcher with the National Institutes of Health. She currently serves as Senior Advisor for Disease Prevention in the NIH Office of Disease Prevention, where she leads the Office’s strategic priority area to identify prevention research gaps for investment and expanded effort by the NIH. Dr. Klabunde serves as the NIH liaison to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force and the Community Preventive Services Task Force, and oversees NIH’s participation in the Federal Healthy People program. She directs Pathways to Prevention, the NIH evidence-based workshop program to develop research agendas for complex public health issues. Since 2016, Dr. Klabunde has co-chaired a trans-NIH scientific interest group on multimorbidity. The overall goal of this group is to increase and diversify the NIH portfolio in multimorbidity research, particularly as it relates to multimorbidity prevention. Dr. Klabunde’s research interests include access to care, preventive services delivery, and comorbidity measurement. She holds a PhD degree in health policy from the Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and MBA and MHS degrees in health services administration from the University of Florida.
Mr. Knight is President of the American Association of Kidney Patients' Board of Directors. He is a former hemodialysis patient who received a kidney transplant approximately 11 years ago. He is former Vice President of the American Association of Kidney Patients and former Chair of the Public Policy Committee and a member of the Board of Directors of the Mid-Atlantic Renal Coalition. He was recently appointed to the Steering Committee of the Kidney Precision Medicine Project housed at the National Institutes of Health National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.
Mr. Knight has a background in public policy and congressional operations based on both his professional experience on Capitol Hill, where he served in various roles including communications and policy, and as Legislative Director as well his advocacy work as a kidney transplant patient. While working in the U.S. House of Representatives, Mr. Knight served as a liaison to the Congressional Black Caucus for his Member of Congress and was involved in substantial work with the House Energy and Commerce and Small Business Committees. Mr. Knight’s knowledge of Executive Branch agency budget and procurement policies is based on direct experience as a Federal government contractor and as a 10-year co-chair of the Baltimore Washington Corridor Chamber of Commerce annual regional government procurement fair.
Dr. Komisar is a senior strategic policy advisor on the Health Team in AARP’s Public Policy Institute, where she focuses on Medicare and other healthcare policy topics. She has extensive research experience on issues in healthcare and long-term care financing and policy. Before joining AARP in 2013, Dr. Komisar was a research professor at the Health Policy Institute and the Georgetown Public Policy Institute (now the McCourt School of Public Policy) at Georgetown University. She had recently completed a year as a visiting policy analyst in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Policy and Evaluation at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Before joining Georgetown University, she was a principal analyst at the Congressional Budget Office, where she worked on topics related to Medicare and other areas of Federal healthcare policy. Dr. Komisar received a PhD degree in economics from Cornell University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Yale University.
Dr. Kuebler is a national and international thought leader in chronic disease and palliative care. She has edited and authored eight award-winning textbooks and multiple peer-reviewed publications. She is a Mayday Pain Fellow from Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Department of Neurology, New York. Dr. Kuebler is the Director and Founder of the Multiple Chronic Conditions Resource Center - identified by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as a premiere source for providing inter-professional clinical information on the effective management of chronic conditions. Dr. Kuebler received her master’s degree from Emory University and is a Doctor of Nursing Practice graduate from Vanderbilt University. She has conducted and published multiple research projects investigating nursing knowledge in managing the Nation’s largest patient populations. Her clinical, academic, and research experiences are used to inform and influence State and Federal health policy leaders and legislators. She has served in four appointments with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Evidence Advisory Committee, was appointed to the Michigan Governor’s Commission on End of Life Care legislation, and was an expert member on cancer pain management for the Institutes of Medicine. She was selected as a member of the World Health Organization’s Palliative Care Task Force in China. She is a specialty provider in spine and orthopedics and manages patient care daily in Savannah, Georgia.
As a Senior Policy Advisor, Mr. Lind’s work focuses on issues related to Medicare reform, post-acute care, skilled nursing facilities, home health, hospice, rehabilitation therapy, durable medical equipment, chronic care, care coordination, transitional care, hospital readmission, appeals, fraud and abuse, comparative effectiveness, and medical devices. He contributed to the development of HHS Strategic Framework for Multiple Chronic Conditions in 2010. Later, he participated in an HHS Workshop entitled “Understanding the Context of Health in People with Multiple Chronic Conditions.”
- “Beyond 50: Chronic Care: A Call to Action for Health Reform.” Coauthored with Health Team; AARP Public Policy Institute; Pub. D19176 (March 2009). Available at: https://bit.ly/2Ia8v65.
- “Health Reform Initiatives to Improve Care Coordination and Transitional Care for Chronic Conditions.” AARP Public Policy Institute; Fact Sheet Pub. FS191 (May 2010). Available at: https://bit.ly/2pIglx2.
- “Recent Medicare Initiatives to Improve Care Coordination and Transitional Care for Chronic Conditions.” AARP Public Policy Institute; Fact Sheet Pub. FS278 (Mar. 2013). Available at: https://bit.ly/2GcByJU.
- “Excluding Older, Sicker Patients from Clinical Trials: Issues, Concerns, and Solutions.” AARP Public Policy Institute; Insight on the Issues Pub. 57 (Dec. 2011). Available at: https://bit.ly/2Gb57ex.
Dr. Maciejewski is a Professor in the Department of Population Health Sciences. He is also a Senior Research Career Scientist and Director of the Non-Randomized Design (NRD) Lab in the Center of Innovation to Accelerate Discovery and Practice Transformation at the Durham VA Medical Center. He has research interests in three areas:
- Evaluation of surgical and behavioral interventions for the management of obesity, cardiometabolic conditions, and multimorbidity.
- Analysis of healthcare utilization and expenditures in experimental and quasi-experimental studies.
- Methods for addressing unobserved confounding in observational studies.
He received his PhD degree from the University of Minnesota School of Public Health in 1998.
Dr. Mair is the Norie Miller Professor of General Practice and Head of General Practice and Primary Care for the Institute of Health and Wellbeing at the University of Glasgow. She has published >200 peer-reviewed articles and undertakes mixed methods research focusing on optimizing the care of people with chronic illness and multiple long-term health conditions (multimorbidity). Her work takes into account the wider socioeconomic environment and social contexts in which people live and the importance of understanding implementation issues to help bridge the translational gap between research and clinical practice. She leads an extensive program of chronic illness, multimorbidity and digital health research (funded variously by the MRC, EPSRC, EU, Versus Arthritis, Chief Scientist Office Scotland) that promotes a move to person-centered care, promoting the concept of “Minimally Disruptive Medicine” which has gained traction internationally, following a paper of that title, www.bmj.com/content/339/bmj.b2803, which she co-wrote and published in the British Medical Journal that argued for the necessity of providing medicine that is minimally disruptive for patients.
Dr. Meltzer is Chief of the Section of Hospital Medicine, Director of the Center for Health and the Social Sciences and the UChicago Urban Health Lab, and Chair of the Committee on Clinical and Translational Science at The University of Chicago, where he is The Fanny L. Pritzker Professor in the Department of Medicine, the Harris School of Public Policy Studies and the Department of Economics. His research explores problems in health economics and public policy with a focus on the theoretical foundations of medical cost-effectiveness analysis, the cost and quality of hospital care, and, recently, the role of vitamin D in COVID-19. He developed the Comprehensive Care Physician model of care in which patients at increased risk of hospitalization receive care from the same physician in and out of the hospital and has studied it through awards from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). He helped lead the CTSA-funded Chicago Learning Effectiveness Advancement Research Network (Chicago LEARN) and the PCORI-funded Chicago Area Patient Centered Outcomes Research Network (CAPriCORN). Dr. Meltzer completed his MD and PhD degrees in economics at The University of Chicago and his residency in internal medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. His awards include the Garfield Award from Research America, the AHRQ Eisenberg Excellence in Mentoring Award, the AAMC Learning Healthcare System Award, and several awards for excellence in research from the Society for Hospital Medicine. He is a member of the National Academy of Medicine and a Master of Hospital Medicine.
Dr. Miller is currently the Deputy Director for the Center for Evidence and Practice Improvement at AHRQ. She joined the Agency in 2004 to serve as the Senior Coordinator for the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. In 2008 Dr. Miller became the lead of the Prevention/Chronic Care Portfolio and in 2015 she helped to launch the new Division of Practice Improvement, serving as its Director.
Mr. Mittelman works in healthcare access and patient inclusion with a special focus on cybersecurity, patient data sharing, and patient privacy. He leverages his own 30 plus years of lived experience as a rare disease patient and three time kidney transplant recipient. He has formal training in human behavior, healthcare management, human-centered design, and cybersecurity. He has not only been the CEO of a digital health company, but also has served as the Patient Editor at The BMJ, a DoD Consumer Reviewer, a Stanford MedX e-Patient Scholar, and Chairman of The American Living Organ Donor Fund. He is also a PCORI Ambassador and a special advisor to the UNOS Board of Directors.
Dr. Mittman is a Senior Scientist at the Kaiser Permanente Southern California Department of Research and Evaluation with additional affiliations at the University of Southern California (USC) and University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), where he co-leads the UCLA Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) Implementation and Improvement Science Initiative. He previously served as a Visiting Professor in the School of Public Health and the Anderson School of Management at UCLA. Dr. Mittman convened the planning committee that launched the journal Implementation Science and served as co-editor in chief from 2005 to 2012. He was a founding member of the U.S. Institute of Medicine Forum on the Science of Quality Improvement and Implementation and chaired the National Institutes of Health (NIH) peer review Panel on Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health in 2007 and 2010. He directed VA’s Quality Enhancement Research Initiative (QUERI) from 2002 to 2004. He currently serves on the Methodology Committee for the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), where he leads the Methodology Committee initiative to develop and disseminate methods standards for studying complex health interventions. He is a member of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute Board of External Experts, the Association of American Medical Colleges Advisory Panel on Research, and advisory boards for several additional U.S. and international research programs in implementation science. He is a past member of the AcademyHealth Methods Council and Education Council. He has led or supported numerous implementation and improvement science studies and has taught implementation science throughout the United States and abroad.
Ms. Montgomery is Co-Director at Altarum’s Program to Improve Eldercare, where she oversees a portfolio of quality improvement research and policy analysis focused on older adults, particularly with respect to implementing better approaches for coordinating medical care and long-term services and supports. Ms. Montgomery has more than two decades of policy experience working on Medicare, Medicaid, and related programs. Prior to Altarum, she served as a Senior Advisor for the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging, where she developed hearings and numerous bills enacted as part of the Affordable Care Act, focusing on: upgrading quality and tightening accountability in the nursing home sector; expanding options for States to offer home and community-based services in their Medicaid programs; improving geriatric competence across the workforce; modernizing State background check systems for individuals working in long-term care settings; and standardizing assessment processes, eligibility systems, and conflict-free case management protocols in Medicaid. Ms. Montgomery has also served as an analyst for the House Ways and Means Committee, the Government Accountability Office, and the Alliance for Health Policy in Washington, D.C. She was an Atlantic Fellow in Public Policy in 2001-2002 in London, where she undertook comparative policy analysis of the role of family caregivers in the development of long-term care in the United Kingdom and the United States.
Ms. Montgomery started her career as a health and science journalist covering the National Institutes of Health and Congress. Ms. Montgomery is a member of the National Academy of Social Insurance, AcademyHealth, and the American Society on Aging. She has an MS degree from Columbia University and a BA degree from the University of Virginia, and has taken gerontology coursework at Johns Hopkins University.
Dr. Montori is a Professor of Medicine at Mayo Clinic. An endocrinologist and health services researcher, Dr. Montori is the author of more than 650 peer-reviewed publications and is among the top 1 percent of researchers with most-cited papers in clinical medicine and in social science worldwide in the last decade. He is a recognized expert in evidence-based medicine and shared decision making, and co-developer of the concept of minimally disruptive medicine. He works in Rochester, Minnesota, at Mayo Clinic's KER Unit, to advance person-centered care for patients with diabetes and other chronic conditions. He is the author of the book Why We Revolt – A Patient Revolution for Careful and Kind Care.
Ms. Moss is a Senior Program Analyst in AHRQ's Center for Evidence and Practice Improvement, where she oversees research on improvement of care delivery through system and process redesign and on effective ways to disseminate and implement findings from such research widely across diverse healthcare providers and health delivery systems. Prior to joining AHRQ, Ms. Moss was a writer and editor specializing in health policy. She began her work in policy design and implementation as the Assistant for Policy Development to the New Jersey Commissioner of Health. Ms. Moss earned her master's degree from Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.
Dr. Mullins currently serves as Medical Director of Quality and Science for the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP). She was previously the Medical Director at Trinity Clinic in Whitehouse, Texas, where she worked from 2002 to 2013. Current responsibilities with the AAFP include internal work on quality measures, guidelines, and payment as well as liaison work with national organizations in the quality arena. A native of Texas, she is a graduate of Abilene Christian University and The University of Texas Medical Branch.
Ms. Norton brings a public health perspective to the Division of Kidney, Urologic and Hematologic Diseases (KUH) at the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK). She serves as Associate Director of the NIDDK’s National Kidney and Urologic Science Translation Program. In this role, she guides NIH efforts relating to kidney and urologic conditions to implement public health-focused research that views health in the context of an individual’s social and physical environment and to disseminate and implement research findings in clinical and community settings. She is passionate about understanding the role of social determinants of health in kidney diseases and urologic conditions, and through her work, she aims to increase recognition of and research into the role social determinants play in health and disease, particularly in relation to racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic health disparities.
Ms. Norton is a champion of data standards in research and patient care in order to improve interoperability of data, thereby increasing research efficiency and improving patient outcomes. In collaboration with colleagues at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, she co-leads the Electronic (e-) Care Plan for People with Multiple Chronic Conditions Project, which aims to develop a standards-based e-care plan that can interface with the electronic health record to aggregate critical, patient-centered health and social data and share that data across clinical, community, home, and research settings. She co-led work to develop a laboratory measure-based electronic phenotype to identify people with chronic kidney disease from the EHR. Additionally, she represents KUH on the NIH Common Data Elements Task Force and is participating in efforts to advance use of common data elements and other data standards in NIDDK research.
Dr. Nothelle is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine with a joint appointment in the Department of Health Policy and Management in the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, Maryland. Dr. Nothelle received her MD degree from Indiana University School of Medicine and completed her residency in internal medicine-primary care at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. She served as Chief Resident before completing fellowships in Geriatric Medicine and General Internal Medicine at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Clinically, she practices as a primary care geriatrician and attends on the housestaff internal medicine inpatient service. Her research focuses on using population health interventions to improve the quality of care delivery for complex chronically ill older adults.
Ms. O’Boyle is the parent of a 20-year-old daughter with Phelan-McDermid Syndrome (PMS). She is also the Principal Investigator for the PMS Data Network (PMS_DN, PCORnet) and the PMS International Registry (PMSIR) and the Patient Engagement Lead at RARE-X, a collaborative platform for global data sharing and analysis in rare disease. She advocates for data sharing, collaborating with other advocacy groups, sharing resources, and streamlining IRB practices and policies. As the Patient Engagement Lead for RARE-X she brings her decade of experience in advocacy to help patient groups develop and govern their new Data Collection Efforts within RARE-X. Ms. O’Boyle knows firsthand about the challenges that patients and patient communities face collecting and sharing their data. She is passionate about the need for the rare disease community as a whole to collect standardized data (ask the same questions) to allow for cross-disease research. She believes that having data collection developed and maintained at NO COST to the patients and patient communities is imperative to removing the barriers to finding treatments and cures for rare disease. Keeping the patient at the center of all decisions and efforts of RARE-X is her priority and mission.She serves as a patient advisor on the NIH Council of Councils, the Simon’s Foundation – SPARK project, is a former advisor to the NCATS Advisory Council, and has received several PCORI awards including FasterCures and Academy Health.
Dr. O’Neill is the Associate Director of Research and Education for the University of Arizona Center on Aging, and a Clinical Assistant Professor for the University of Arizona College of Medicine, Division of Geriatrics, General Internal Medicine, and Palliative Medicine. She has more than 10 years’ experience in developing and implementing innovative geriatric education and training for academic and community audiences. She is active in several statewide committees dedicated to older adults including holding several leadership positions on the Governor’s Advisory Council on Aging – including Chair, 2017-2020, and working with the Arizona Alzheimer’s Task Force to help develop the Arizona Alzheimer’s State Plan. She was a 2019-2020 Health and Aging Policy Fellow. Dr. O’Neill received her Doctor of Behavioral Health degree from Arizona State University and her Master of Public Health degree from the University of Arizona.
Dr. Parekh is the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Chief Medical Advisor, providing clinical and public health expertise across the organization. Since 2015, he has led specific efforts tackling a variety of policy issues including the opioid crisis, obesity epidemic and nutrition, health and housing, domestic and global HIV/AIDS, business and public health collaboration, emergency preparedness, social isolation, rural health, and prescription drug costs.
Dr. Pederson is the Chief Medical Quality Officer for Stratis Health, an independent nonprofit organization located in Bloomington, MN, that focuses on healthcare quality and safety. In this role, she provides leadership and clinical guidance to Stratis Health's initiatives across healthcare settings. She was a 2018-2019 Health and Aging Policy Fellow which included a placement at AHRQ focusing on the topic of Multiple Chronic Conditions. Dr. Pederson attended the University of Minnesota for medical school and residency and is board certified in internal medicine and geriatrics. She has a master's degree in health services research and policy, also from the University of Minnesota. In addition to working at Stratis Health, she maintains a clinical practice with Genevive, serving as the primary care physician for residents in the assisted-living setting.
Dr. Pérez-Stable is Director of the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD), which seeks to advance the science of minority health and health disparities research through research, training, research capacity development, public education, and information dissemination. Dr. Pérez-Stable practiced general internal medicine for 37 years at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) before moving to NIH in September 2015. He was Professor of Medicine at UCSF and Chief of the Division of General Internal Medicine for 17 years. His research interests include improving the health of racial and ethnic minorities and underserved populations, advancing patient-centered care, improving cross-cultural communication skills among clinicians, and promoting diversity in the biomedical research workforce. For more than 30 years, Dr. Pérez-Stable led research on Latino smoking cessation and tobacco control policy in the United States and Latin America, addressing clinical and prevention issues in cancer screening, and mentoring over 70 minority investigators. He has published over 250 peer-reviewed articles and was elected to the National Academy of Medicine in 2001.
Ms. Postal is the Chief Health Informatics Officer for the Indian Health Service (IHS), where her focus is bridging information technology (IT) with healthcare to promote quality in patient care and improve patient outcomes. She supports the IHS in addressing modernization of health IT, electronic health record (EHR) usability, quality measures reporting needs, and Federal policies that impact IHS Federal, Tribal, and urban programs. Dr. Postal helped to lead the expansion of telehealth IHS-wide to support COVID-19 efforts. She leads the IHS National Quality Payment Program Working Group. Dr. Postal actively partakes in over 20 IHS committees and represents the IHS at Federal intra-agency meetings and serves on 15 national committees/ workgroups. She participated in IHS update of the EHR to the 2015 Edition to promote reporting of electronic clinical quality measures while addressing measure alignment, prioritization, and development. She is actively involved in leading Business Intelligence initiatives at the IHS to collect and transform data into meaningful/useful information to improve quality (e.g., wait times). Before her service at IHS, she spent 28 years at the National Institutes of Health and pursued a nursing career focused on psychiatric and intensive care and informatics. She earned a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from the University of Maryland and is a Jonas Scholar.
Dr. Qaseem is trained as a physician, health economist, methodologist, clinical epidemiologist, business administrator, and leader. He leads the American College of Physicians clinical guidelines, performance measurement, high-value care, and scientific medical policy programs. He has also been involved in multiple national and international collaborations to develop health policy, assess and evaluate quality of care, and develop strategies to improve care. He has published extensively and has presented nationally and internationally. He has been interviewed for his expertise by journalists for many high-profile media outlets. He has been on boards and committees, including governance boards, of various national and international organizations.
Dr. Quiñones is an Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU). She is a gerontologist trained in health services organization and policy from the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health.
Her research interests address racial and ethnic disparities in health, age-related changes in health, co-existing chronic disease (multimorbidity), and healthcare delivery changes designed to improve the management of chronic conditions for vulnerable older adults.
Her work aims to understand disparities in health stemming from differential access to resources for disadvantaged populations and consequences for health and well-being throughout the life course. Currently, her work focuses on the development of and intersection between multimorbidity and disability and the role that specific multimorbidity combinations play in accelerating poor health outcomes among racially and ethnically diverse groups of older adults.
In her spare time, Dr. Quiñones and her husband enjoy traveling and experiencing different cultures, and travel that engages with organizations that work to preserve ecosystems and wildlife habitat.
Dr. Ralston is an internal medicine physician with Washington Permanente Medical Group and a senior investigator at Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute. Dr. Ralston conducts health services research focused on improving chronic illness care and the patient services aspects of medical informatics. He is also an affiliate professor in the Department of Health Services at the University of Washington (UW) School of Public Health and in the UW’s Department of Biomedical and Health Informatics.
Ms. Rand is a Program Officer at the ABIM Foundation. In this role, she oversees activities related to grants on reducing low value care and runs the Choosing Wisely Learning Network. Ms. Rand provides technical assistance outside the learning network as well and is currently faculty for the RWJF-funded Value Champions fellowship program and a co-PI on several projects including the National Association of Community Health Workers look at low value care, the Right Question, Wrong Person project which looks at improving cost conversations and a research study examining low value care interventions in ACOs with the Institute for Accountable Care.
Prior to the ABIM Foundation, Ms. Rand worked in public health and quality improvement for more than 15 years, with a focus on helping Ryan White-funded HIV clinics improve cultural competency and improve quality of care. Ms. Rand received her bachelor’s degree from the American University and her master’s degree from University of Pennsylvania in medical anthropology. She holds a Public Health Certification from the National Board of Public Health Examiners and she is currently a doctoral student at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health with a focus on health equity and social justice.
Dr. Reinhard directs AARP’s Public Policy Institute (PPI), the focal point for State, Federal, and international policy research. She oversees PPI teams working on health security, financial security, and family, home, and community issues, and from that vantage point serves as editor-in-chief of Policy Plus Action, the PPI newsletter. She also serves as Chief Strategist for the Center to Champion Nursing in America. She is a nationally recognized expert in health and long-term care, with extensive experience in conducting, directing, and translating research to promote policy change. Previously, she served as Co-Director of Rutgers Center for State Health Policy, directing national initiatives to help people with disabilities live at home. She served three governors as Deputy Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services. Her research and policy expertise includes healthcare workforce, caregiving, consumer choice, community care options, and quality. A former faculty member at Rutgers College of Nursing, she is an American Academy of Nursing Fellow. She holds a master’s degree from the University of Cincinnati and a PhD degree from Rutgers University.
Dr. Rosati is Chair of the Connected Health Institute and Vice President of Research and Quality at the Visiting Nurse Association Health Group (VNAHG) in Holmdel, New Jersey. Dr. Rosati is responsible for implementing and evaluating new technology initiatives at VNAHG. He is also responsible for quality improvement, analysis, reporting of clinical outcomes, and conducting research related to home and community-based care. Dr. Rosati’s healthcare experience has been in varied research, quality management, education, and administrative roles. He is also Adjunct Professor of Family Medicine and Community Health at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. Dr. Rosati is Associate Editor of the Journal for Healthcare Quality.
Dr. Rubenstein is a senior natural scientist at The RAND Corporation, and Professor Emeritus at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) David Geffen School of Medicine and Fielding School of Public Health. She is a former Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar, past President of the Society of General Internal Medicine, and past AcademyHealth Board member. She is the Associate Editor for the Journal of General Internal Medicine responsible for enhancing the journal’s focus on publication of rigorous quality improvement and implementation science work. Between 2014 and 2017, she was the Principal Investigator for the VA Primary Care Intensive Management Project, a five-site Veterans Affairs (VA) effort to improve outcomes for primary care patients at high risk of hospitalization. She has carried out multiple intervention studies on collaborative care for depression, and on functional status feedback to providers. She continues to work with colleagues in the RAND-based Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality-funded Southern California Evidence-Based Practice Center, and led a series of projects for improving the process of identifying, evaluating, and synthesizing quality improvement literature (resulting in the Quality Improvement Minimum Criteria Set, or MQCS). In recognition of her contributions to health services research, Dr. Rubenstein was presented with the VA HSR&D’s Under Secretary for Health Award in 2000, is the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health 2013 Alumni Hall of Fame Honoree, and received the Society of General Internal Medicine John M. Eisenberg Award for Career Achievement in Research in 2016.
Dr. Ruggiano is a geriatric social worker by training. Her research focuses on developing and testing technologies that help improve care and caregiving for people with dementia and their families. Dr. Ruggiano has received funding from the John A. Hartford Foundation, AHRQ, the National Institute on Aging, and the National Science Foundation for her investigations in this area. Her current projects involve the development and testing of information technologies that will improve communication among people with dementia, their caregivers, and their providers in an effort to improve the quality of clinical care and caregiving. Dr. Ruggiano was also a 2018-2019 American Political Science Association Congressional Health and Aging Policy Fellow, spending a year working with AHRQ on its initiative to improve care for people with multiple chronic conditions.
Dr. Sagar is the Director of Ambulatory Quality for the Internal Medicine Service Line at Northwell Health. She is a Primary Care Physician and Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell. As Director of Ambulatory Quality, she is tasked with developing and maintaining quality initiatives and promoting use of evidence-based medicine in ambulatory practice. Dr. Sagar’s interests include standardization of clinical quality, ambulatory antimicrobial stewardship, judicious prescribing of opioid medications, and continuum of care for cancer survivors. She serves as one of the leaders for Northwell's COVID-19 Ambulatory Resource Support (CARES) Program, a multispecialty collaborative approach to patients with acute and chronic effects of COVID-19 infection.
Dr. Samal is an NIH-funded clinician investigator in the Division of General Internal Medicine and Primary Care at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) and an Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School. She is a primary care physician. The main focus of her research is developing and evaluating clinical decision support tools for primary care physicians in order to improve quality and safety of chronic disease management. Currently, the majority of her time is devoted to research on clinical decision support in the area of chronic kidney disease. Her research has been funded by the NIDDK through a K23 award and an R01. Other interests include health information tools for care coordination and ambulatory healthcare quality measurement. She is board-certified in clinical informatics and holds certifications from Epic for Clarity Ambulatory Data Model and Research Informatics Innovator.
Before joining the BWH faculty, she completed a 3-year general internal medicine research fellowship at Johns Hopkins including a Master of Public Health degree at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and additional coursework in a National Library of Medicine-funded training program in biomedical informatics.
Ms. Savage is a nationally recognized expert on healthcare regulation, digital health, and health information privacy. Using strategic advice to advance digital technology to deliver healthcare while protecting privacy, she drives Omada Health’s continued commitment to advancing digital health, including the safe, secure, and effective handling of participants’ personal health information. Prior to joining Omada, she served the Obama Administration as Chief Privacy Officer at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT. She first implemented HIPAA for Stanford University in 2000, and later oversaw the HIPAA compliance and data strategy for California’s pre-ACA health insurance exchange, PacAdvantage, where she served as General Counsel. In addition to her work at Omada, Ms. Savage serves as Vice-Chair and Chair-Elect of the Committee on Advocacy and Public Policy at Academy Health. She has a BA degree with honors from Mills College and received her Juris Doctor degree summa cum laude from New York University School of Law.
Dr. Savitz has more than 30 years of experience in healthcare delivery and health services research. Currently, Dr. Savitz serves as Vice President for Health Research in the Kaiser Permanente (KP) Northwest Region and Director for the KP Center for Health Research in Portland, Oregon. She is also a Professor of Health System Science in the Kaiser Permanente School of Medicine, Affiliate Professor in Health Systems Management & Policy at OHSU-PSU School of Public Health, and Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Public Health. She was previously the Assistant Vice President for Delivery System Science in the Intermountain Healthcare Institute for Healthcare Delivery Research, where she was responsible for facilitating mission-critical health services research. Dr. Savitz was an elected member of the Board of Directors for the High Value Healthcare Collaborative (HVHC) overseeing the Discovery and Dissemination Board Committee—a group of delivery systems across the United States committed to driving transformational change in quality and payment reform.
Dr. Savitz has worked as an economist for the Colorado State Legislature, a financial planner at UNC Health Care, a researcher in the Rural Health Program at the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research, a faculty member at the University of North Carolina (UNC-CH) School of Public Health in Chapel Hill, and a Senior Health Services Researcher at RTI and Abt Associates, Inc. Dr. Savitz also worked with Coastal Family Health Center (a 24-clinic FQCHC system) in Biloxi, Mississippi, to provide technical assistance for strategic planning and evaluation of the recovery effort after Hurricane Katrina. On behalf of the Alliance for Pediatric Quality, she led development of a set of national improvement priorities and identification of actionable improvement initiatives with associated measures to drive excellence in pediatric care. Her PhD minor was in medical geography and she has applied this knowledge base in over half a dozen projects to assess resource allocation and spatial variations in service delivery as well as neighborhood-level social risk.
Dr. Savitz has led projects specific to quality measurement for AHRQ and served on Technical Expert panels related to measurement for AHRQ, NQF, and CMS, with over three dozen applied projects in healthcare system settings. Further, Dr. Savitz has been acknowledged as an Examiner for the 2001 and 2002 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Program, administered by the National Institute of Standards and Technology in the U.S. Department of Commerce and the American Society for Quality. She serves as a thought leader in learning health systems (LHSs). Since coming to KP, she is now on the Board and is elected Chair for the Health Care System Research Network (formerly HMO Research Network). At AcademyHealth, Dr. Savitz is an elected Board member and co-leads the LHS Interest Group. She is an invited co-editor of the recent Journal of General Internal Medicine’s supplement, Advancing Evidence at the Intersection of Health Services Research, Implementation Science & Quality Improvement.
Dr. Scherer is an Assistant Professor at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, with affiliations with the University of Colorado Data Science to Patient Value (D2V) initiative, the Colorado Program for Patient Centered Decisions at ACCORDS (Adult and Child Consortium for Health Outcomes Research and Delivery Science). Dr. Scherer is a PhD social psychologist who has spent the past 10 years applying that background to medical decision making. Dr. Scherer's research leverages behavioral science to improve shared decision making and communication of evidence-based medicine. Her research addresses risk communication, health misinformation, and the impact of heuristics, biases, and emotions on patients’ medical preferences and decisions. Methodological expertise includes survey research, online survey methods, experimental designs for behavioral science, and measurement development and validation.
Dr. Schreiber is Vice President/Medical Director of Summit ElderCare, a PACE program with over 1,200 participants that is one of the largest in the country. He is the chair of the National PACE Association’s Medical Directors Subcommittee and has given numerous national presentations highlighting PACE innovation over the past 2 years. Prior to his current position, he served in many leadership roles including as a geriatric consultant in a patient-centered medical home for an accountable care organization. He served as Medical Director of Evidence-Based Programs at Hebrew SeniorLife and Medical Director of the Healthy Living Center of Excellence (HLCE), an organization funded by The John A. Hartford Foundation and the Tufts Health Plan Foundation.
Dr. Schreiber served as Physician-in-Chief and CMO of Hebrew SeniorLife in Boston, Massachusetts, from 2004 to 2012. He has been a faculty member of the Institute for Aging Research at Hebrew SeniorLife, served on the faculty at Harvard Medical School, and is a Senior Leader of the Practice Change Leaders Program, which mentors physicians, nurses, and social workers improve the care of older adults in their health systems.
Prior to Hebrew SeniorLife, he served as the Department Chairman at Lahey Clinic in Burlington, Massachusetts, and was responsible for developing a population-based model of geriatric care system. Dr. Schreiber also served as a national consultant for the National 4A National Aging and Disability Institute, which is helping community-based organizations develop the business acumen to engage with healthcare providers, healthcare systems, and insurers.
Mr. Sidhu is a program analyst currently doing research on which healthcare delivery model is most feasible to reduce chronic conditions among low-income adults.
Dr. Simpson has been the President and Chief Executive Officer of AcademyHealth since 2011. A nationally recognized health policy researcher and pediatrician, she is a passionate advocate for the translation of research into policy and practice. Her research, and over 100 articles and commentaries in peer-reviewed journals, focuses on the role of evidence and data to improve health and healthcare, particularly for children and vulnerable populations.
Before joining AcademyHealth, Dr. Simpson spent 8 years as a professor of pediatrics, first as an Endowed Chair in Child Health Policy at the University of South Florida and then as the Director of the Child Policy Research Center at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and the University of Cincinnati. She served as the Deputy Director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality from 1996 to 2002. Dr. Simpson serves on the Board of Directors of the Institute for Accountable Care and the National Health Council, and the editorial boards for the Journal of Comparative Effectiveness Research and Healthcare: The Journal of Delivery Science and Innovation. In October 2013, Dr. Simpson was elected to the National Academy of Medicine (formerly the Institute of Medicine).
Dr. Simpson earned her undergraduate and medical degrees at Trinity College (Dublin, Ireland), and a master’s degree in public health at the University of Hawaii, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in health services research and health policy at the University of California, San Francisco. She was awarded an honorary Doctor of Science degree by the Georgetown University School of Nursing and Health Studies in 2013.
Dr. Simpson's areas of expertise include translating research into policy; quality and safety of healthcare; health and healthcare disparities; childhood obesity; and child health services.
Ms. Snyder is Vice President, Program, at The John A. Hartford Foundation, a private philanthropy with the vision of a nation where all older adults receive high-value, evidence-based healthcare, are treated with respect and dignity, and have their goals and preferences honored. With more than 25 years of experience in working with preeminent healthcare institutions across the Nation, she has demonstrated experience in identifying and guiding healthcare programs that have set the standard for medical best practices, increased medical education opportunities, and maximizing resources to improve healthcare broadly.
Prior to joining The John A. Hartford Foundation, she served with the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation for 14 years, starting as a program officer with a promotion to director for the Foundation’s Health Care Programs. In that capacity, she managed more than $278 million in healthcare grants to major medical facilities throughout the country, focusing on Aging and Quality of Life Programs as well as the Foundation’s $159 million investment in its Cardiovascular Clinical Research Program. During her tenure, she worked alongside the country’s most forward-thinking educators and pioneering healthcare providers to create educational and clinical programs that have significantly advanced how patient care is delivered. These include collaborative and groundbreaking programming at prestigious medical institutions such as Duke University, Johns Hopkins University, New York’s Mount Sinai Medical School, and UCLA’s academic health centers.
Currently, Ms. Snyder serves as board chair for Grantmakers in Aging, a membership organization comprising all types of philanthropies with a common dedication to improving the experience of aging, and on the board of managers for the Delmonico Plaza, a business high rise condominium complex at 55 East 59th Street in New York City. Previously she served as a Volunteer Long-Term Care Ombudsman for the State of Nevada Aging and Disability Services Division from 2014 to 2016. She earned a master’s degree in public administration in healthcare policy from New York University’s Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, followed by a doctoral program in health services research at the UCLA School of Public Health. She began her professional career with The John A. Hartford Foundation’s Health Care Cost and Quality (HCCQ) program before transitioning to supporting health policy initiatives at the Commonwealth Fund in New York City.
Her career has been directed toward creating opportunities to improve the health of older adults through increased access to quality healthcare, enhanced healthcare delivery, improved medical education, collaborative partnerships, and expanded nursing and caregiver training. She brings that experience to The John A. Hartford Foundation to coordinate initiatives that will foster collaboration among academic institutions, health systems, and medical providers to improve healthcare for all older adults.
Ms. Spiro is Executive Director of the Pharmacy HIT Collaborative (PHIT). PHIT is an organization of the major national pharmacy associations and associate members focused on advocating and educating key stakeholders regarding the use of health IT to better enable pharmacists to help optimize person-centered care by the inclusion of pharmacists within a technology-enabled integrated healthcare system. Ms. Spiro is active in national pharmacy associations and standards development organizations (NCPDP and HL7) and is a leader in pharmacy health IT. She is an American Society of Consultant Pharmacists (ASCP) Past President, 2014 Archambault Award recipient, and 2019 Women’s Spotlight Award recipent. She was named in 2019 by Becker’s Hospital Review’s 102 women in health IT. She earned her BSPharm degree in 1976 from University of Illinois College of Pharmacy. She has authored several articles and is a national speaker on topics relating to various professional pharmacy, health IT systems, terminology, electronic prescribing, digital transformation, and pharmacist eCare plan.
Dr. Stange is a family and public health physician, practicing at Neighborhood Family Practice, a federally qualified community health center in Cleveland, Ohio. At Case Western Reserve University, he is Director of the Center for Community Health Integration (CHI), which conducts collaborative research and development for community health and integrated, personalized care. He is a Distinguished University Professor and the Dorothy Jones Weatherhead Professor of Medicine, and Professor of Family Medicine and Community Health, Population and Quantitative Health Sciences, Oncology, and Sociology. He is an American Cancer Society Clinical Research Professor, and served as founding editor for the Annals of Family Medicine. With Rebecca Etz, PhD, he serves as Co-Director for the Larry A. Green Center for Advancing Primary Health Care for the Public Good. At The Institute for Integrative Health, he is a Scholar. He is working on Promoting Health Across Boundaries, and is active in multimethod, participatory research and development that aims to understand and improve primary healthcare and community and population health. He is a member of the Academy of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences.
People living with multiple chronic conditions have a particular need for the integrating, personalizing, prioritizing functions of primary care that are not widely understood and are not supported by our current fragmented healthcare system and reductionist research. People living with multiple chronic conditions thus are one of the best “use cases” for primary care. Dr. Stange’s collaborative research aims to understand the fundamental mechanisms by which care can be integrated, personalized and prioritized for people living with multiple chronic conditions.
A native of Los Angeles, California, Dr. States received his bachelor’s degree from Azusa Pacific University, master’s degree in public health from the Loma Linda University School of Public Health, and his medical degree from the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine. He received internship training in internal medicine at the Naval Medical Center San Diego and completed residency training in preventive medicine at Loma Linda University Medical Center, serving as Chief Resident in his final year of training.
From 2011 to 2013, Dr. States served as Battalion Surgeon for 1st Battalion, 1 Marines, 1st Marine Division, where he deployed in support of combat operations during Operation Enduring Freedom. He directed a medical department consisting of one physician assistant, two Independent Duty Corpsmen, and over sixty Navy Corpsmen in garrison and combat-related care for over 1,200 United States Marines. From September 2015 to July 2018 he was assigned to Navy Environmental and Preventive Medicine Unit FIVE, where he served as Department Head for Operations, Officer in Charge for the Forward Deployable Preventive Medicine Unit-team FIVE, and the Navy Medicine West Public Health Emergency Officer, providing public health expertise to an active duty population of over 500,000 spread across the Pacific Command region. From October 2018 to January 2020 he served as the Deputy and Acting Chief Medical Officer for the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (OASH), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. And, beginning in February 2020 he was named the permanent Chief Medical Officer in OASH, where he works on issues of national public health importance for the Assistant Secretary for Health, Admiral Brett P. Giroir.
Dr. States is board certified in preventive medicine, and is a current member of the American College of Preventive Medicine. He has published previously on pediatric oncology molecular biology, and has been actively involved with development and implementation of clinical programs aimed at improving preventive care services delivery in the Veterans Health Administration for persons living with HIV. He has also served as a Fellow with the OASH Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, engaging in research on patient-centered health information technology. His personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and multiple unit and campaign awards.
Ms. Sterling was a caregiver and healthcare advocate for her parents for 20+ years, while three of four parents and in-laws struggled with dementia. She is a speaker, writer, and educator on the challenges of family caregiving, dementia, person-centered care, and technology. She is a Patient Research Partner and Ambassador for the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), bringing the voices of patients and family caregivers to medical research. She also serves on the Global Patient and Family Advisory Board for The Beryl Institute, in addition to her role as a Stanford Medicine X ePatient Scholar. Ms. Sterling is Executive Vice President of Caregiver Experience at Livpact, building technology to make caregiving easier.
Dr. Tai-Seale is a Professor of Family Medicine and Public Health in the School of Medicine, University of California, San Diego. Her research investigates the practice of medicine, patient-physician communications, and management of multiple chronic conditions. She publishes original research articles in journals such as Health Affairs, Health Services Research, Medical Care, and Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. Her publications on patient-physician communication earned the Article-of-the-Year award from AcademyHealth. A coauthored publication on the practice of medicine in the age of electronic health records was the second most-read paper in Health Affairs in 2017. In addition to her faculty appointment at UC San Diego, she is the Director for Outcomes Analysis and Scholarship at the UC San Diego Health Information Services, Director of Research in the Family Medicine and Public Health Department, and Director of Research and Learning in the Population Health Services Organization at UC San Diego Health. Dr. Tai-Seale earned her PhD degree in health services with a cognate in economics from UCLA. She has an MPH degree from Emory University and received medical training at Jiaotong University School of Medicine in Shanghai, China.
Mr. Terrell has been working in the long-term services and supports (LTSS) arena for over 20 years. He is a Health Insurance Specialist at the Administration for Community Living, where his primary focus is on developing person-centered planning policy, capacity, and quality measurement and improvement in home and community-based services (HCBS) systems. He is also engaged in a number of additional policy development and implementation activities including self-directed HCBS, managed LTSS, LTSS access, and Medicaid financing. Mr. Terrell holds a master’s degree in medical anthropology/health services administration and a master’s degree in social work.
Dr. Tinetti is the Gladys Phillips Crofoot Professor of Medicine (Geriatrics) and Public Health and Chief of Geriatrics at Yale School of Medicine. Her current research focus is on the net benefits and harms of commonly used treatments for older adults in the face of multiple health conditions. She is also leading a national effort to develop, test, and implement an approach to healthcare decision making (Patient Priorities Care) that focuses on aligning the care of older adults with multiple conditions on their individual health priorities. She also chairs an Institute for Healthcare Improvement-led national group of advisors helping health systems become age friendly. Her previous research focused on identifying the causes and consequences of falls and fall injuries as well as preventive strategies for reducing their occurrence. Dr. Tinetti has published over 250 articles. She received her undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of Michigan. She has received numerous awards, is a member of the National Academy of Medicine, and is a MacArthur Foundation Fellow. She provides care to older adults at Yale New Haven Health.
Rear Adm. Toedt serves as the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) of the Indian Health Service. The IHS, an agency within the Department of Health and Human Services, is the principal Federal healthcare provider for 2.56 million American Indians and Alaska Natives who are members of 574 federally recognized Tribes in 37 States. As the CMO, Dr. Toedt is IHS’s lead expert on medical and public health topics, provides national leadership for the clinical and community-based health programs of the agency, and serves as the primary liaison and advocate for IHS health professionals. Dr. Toedt previously served as CMO for the IHS Nashville Area, as Acting Chief Medical Information Officer for the IHS and as Clinical Director for the Cherokee Indian Hospital. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in applied physics with honor from the Georgia Institute of Technology and his Doctor of Medicine degree from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. He completed residency in family medicine and fellowship in obstetrics at the Franklin Square Hospital Center in Baltimore. He has served on numerous IHS and interagency committees, published several peer-reviewed articles, and holds several medical school clinical faculty teaching appointments. He is board certified in family medicine and maintains active clinical privileges at several IHS and Tribal facilities.
Dr. Tonorezos serves as Director of the Office of Cancer Survivorship, part of the Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences at the National Cancer Institute (NCI). In this position, Dr. Tonorezos leads NCI’s efforts to address the challenges facing cancer survivors and their families, to prevent or mitigate adverse effects and to improve the health and well-being of cancer survivors from the time of diagnosis through the remainder of their lives.
Dr. Tonorezos came to NCI from Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and the Weill Cornell Medical College, both in New York, New York, where she served as Director of the Adult Long-Term Follow-Up Program for survivors of childhood and young adult cancers. Her research focuses on cardiometabolic consequences of cancer therapy, childhood and young adult cancer survivorship, diet and nutrition, and care coordination for this population. She serves on the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine Committee on Childhood Cancer and Disability, the Cancer Survivorship Committee, the Adolescent and Young Adult Task Force, and the Clinical Guideline Committee for the American Society of Clinical Oncology, and the Metabolic Syndrome Guideline Committee for the Children’s Oncology Group. She is currently co-leader of the International Guideline Harmonization Group for the metabolic syndrome and led a recent international effort to develop recommendations for adult survivors of heritable retinoblastoma.
Dr. Tonorezos is a general internist, having earned her medical degree from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Master of Public Health degree from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She completed internal medicine residency and chief residency at Columbia University Medical Center as well as a general internal medicine fellowship at the Johns Hopkins Hospital.
Dr. Tumosa has been at the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) for the past 8 years. She serves as Lead Public Health Analyst for the Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program (GWEP) and is responsible for the development and maintenance of HRSA’s 16-module Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementia curriculum and 11-module Caregiving curriculum.
She received her BS/MS degrees in biology/molecular biology from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and her PhD degree in neuroscience from the State University of New York. She completed two research postdoctoral fellowships, one at the University of Calgary and the other at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
She completed two health policy fellowships, one with the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the other with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
Prior to joining HRSA she was a Professor of Internal Medicine in the Division of Geriatric Medicine at Saint Louis University School of Medicine and the Associate Director for Education at the Geriatrics Research, Education and Clinical Center (GRECC) at the St. Louis VA Medical Center. She co-developed the SLUMS exam, which is a screening tool for cognitive impairments, with Dr. John Morley.
For more than 20 years, Mr. Turkas has served the Arthritis Foundation at the local, regional, and national levels. He has spearheaded community engagement and health promotion programs to improve wellness. In his current role he manages strategic partnerships and collaborations with public health organizations, academic institutions, health professional societies, and healthcare systems.
Dr. Vick is a resident physician, researcher, writer, and family caregiver. In 2018 she graduated with an MPH degree from the Bloomberg School of Public Health and in 2019 she graduated with an MD degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Prior to matriculating at Hopkins, she worked for the Writing and Speaking Programs at Barnard College (her alma mater) and conducted research at the Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Women's Mental Health and with the Serious Illness Care Program at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Ariadne Labs and the Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Vick’s current work seeks to identify and intervene on the social and psychological factors that constrain healthcare delivery in the U.S. healthcare system, specifically focusing on family caregivers. She is a resident physician in the Department of Medicine at the Johns Hopkins Hospital.
Dr. Wang is the Hugh Roy Cullen Professor and Vice Dean for Research at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio School of Nursing, and Adjunct Professor in Biomedical Informatics and Public Health at UT Health. She is also the founding Director of an interprofessional Center on Smart and Connected Health Technologies that features an aging in place lab, South Texas Connected Health Living Lab, South Texas Primary Care Research Network Clinical Collaboratory, and telehealth training and simulation. Her research uses mobile and connected technology to optimize multiple-behavior lifestyle interventions and improve patient-centered outcomes among the chronically ill and aging populations with multiple chronic conditions, especially among the underserved and minority populations. She leads interdisciplinary research that uses artificial intelligence to (1) develop healthcare data analytics methods to characterize the dynamic pathways to the emergence of some of the most common multiple chronic conditions in Hispanics and determine the changes in behavioral lifestyle factors that modify the risk of developing new conditions and (2) optimize multiple-behavior intervention through smart and adaptive clinical trials. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, 2013 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholar, 2015 TEDMED Scholar, 2016 Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation Macy Faculty Scholar, and 2020-2021 Health and Aging Policy Fellow. She is also the editorial board member of The Diabetes Educator and the editor-in-chief of JMIR Aging.
Dr. Wei is a general internist and clinician-investigator in the Division of General Internal Medicine and Health Services Research at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles, and adjunct assistant professor of medicine at the University of Michigan. She is also a staff physician and investigator at the VA HSR&D Center for the Study of Healthcare Innovation, Implementation, and Policy at the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System.
Her research addresses multimorbidity measurement, management, prevention, prognosis, and policy implications in aging and older adults. Her goal is to identify risk factors associated with multimorbidity and translate these into interventions to prevent multimorbidity progression and complications. Closely related to this goal, she seeks to understand how multimorbidity influences clinical outcomes, healthcare cost, and policy.
She completed a series of studies to develop and validate the Multimorbidity-Weighted Index, a person-centered measure that weights chronic conditions based on their impact on physical functioning. She is currently funded by a career development award (K23) from the National Institute on Aging and pilot grants to develop and validate the index in administrative data and increase its application for clinical use.
Dr. Weiss is an adult and gerontological nurse practitioner who serves as the Deputy Director in the Division of Medicine and Dentistry (DMD) at the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). She oversees all phases of management for workforce development in geriatrics, primary care, graduate medical education, preventive medicine/public health, and oral health. She advises on the development of performance measures for HRSA’s DMD education and training programs. Her experience in interprofessional practice and education spans 30 years. She is the immediate past Designated Federal Official for the Federal Advisory Committee on Interdisciplinary Community-Based Linkages. She is the HRSA representative on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Advisory Council on Alzheimer’s Disease Research, Care, and Services; the Family Caregiving Advisory Council; and the Grandparent Advisory Council. She also serves on HHS interagency workgroups on palliative care, elder justice, and caregiving. She has served in many leadership positions at HRSA including Director of the Division of Public Health and Interdisciplinary Education and Acting Director of the Division of Nursing. She is a recipient of the 2015 Secretary’s Meritorious Group Award for taking important steps to find a cure and improve care for people with dementia.
Ms. Wittenberg came to Washington in 1981, after earning a master’s degree in physical anthropology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She began work on Capitol Hill for the Hon. Hamilton Fish, Jr. (R-NY), serving as his legislative assistant and staffing many issues including Medicare, Medicaid, and other health programs.
For the past 34 years she has worked in a government relations capacity for various physician organizations, representing them on issues ranging from Medicare, physician payment, CLIA, the ESRD program, and appropriations.
Twenty-eight years ago, she opened the Washington office of Organizations of Academic Family Medicine as Director, Government Relations. This office, now known as the Council of Academic Family Medicine, represents the Association of Family Medicine Residency Directors (AFMRD), Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM), Association of Departments of Family Medicine (ADFM), and North American Primary Care Research Group (NAPCRG) on Capitol Hill and with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on issues of interest to academic family medicine such as funding for health professions training (Title VII), workforce (including Medicare GME), and primary care research issues.
Dr. Wolff is the Eugene and Mildred Lipitz Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management and Director of the Roger C. Lipitz Center for Integrated Health Care at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and holds a joint appointment in the Division of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Wolff's research focuses on the care of persons with complex health needs and disabilities and on applied studies and initiatives directed at better supporting them and their family caregivers within systems of care. She has authored more than 130 peer-reviewed papers and 20 book chapters or reports on topics related to family caregiving and care delivery. Her research has been continuously funded by the National Institutes of Health and other Federal agencies and private foundations. Dr. Wolff is a member of AcademyHealth, the American Society on Aging, and the Gerontological Society of America and has served on multiple expert panels as well as consensus committees convened by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine and other leading organizations on the topics of family caregiving, home-based care, and dementia care.
Mr. Wolfson is Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the ABIM Foundation, a not-for-profit foundation focused on advancing medical professionalism and physician leadership to improve the healthcare system. Mr. Wolfson has been instrumental in leading the Choosing Wisely® campaign (www.choosingwisely.org), a multiyear effort engaging more than 80 specialty societies to promote conversations between clinicians and patients about utilizing the most appropriate tests and treatments and avoiding care that may be unnecessary and could cause harm.
As President and Chief Executive Officer at the Alliance of Community Health Plans, he spearheaded the creation of HEDIS. Prior to that, he was the Director of Planning and Research at the Fallon Community Health Plan. During that time, he led the product development team that launched the first Medicare risk contract.
Mr. Wolfson received his master’s degree in health services administration from the University of Michigan School of Public Health.
Dr. Yano is Director and Senior Research Career Scientist at the VA HSR&D Center for the Study of Healthcare Innovation, Implementation and Policy at the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System and Adjunct Professor of Public Health and Medicine at UCLA. An epidemiologist by training, her over 30 years in VA health services research has focused on evaluating multilevel factors driving care quality and patient experience and implementation of evidence-based practice and policy, with a focus on primary care and women’s health. Her primary care research has focused on organizational and practice-level factors associated with preventive practice, access, continuity, and coordination, as well as studies of VA’s level of patient-centered medical home implementation (Patient Aligned Care Teams or PACT). She was a founding PI for the Veterans Assessment and Improvement Laboratory, which used evidence-based quality improvement (EBQI) approaches to accelerate PACT implementation and innovations driven by frontline providers and consults on evaluation of VA’s PACT Intensive Management Evaluation, studying the impacts of alternative PACT models for addressing the needs of the VA’s most complex and high-risk primary care patients.
Dr. Yano also directed the VA HSR&D Women’s Health CREATE Initiative, which represented five collaborative studies partnered with VA operational partners to accelerate implementation of comprehensive women’s healthcare. She led one of the five component studies as PI of a 12-VA cluster randomized trial of an EBQI approach to tailoring VA’s patient-centered medical home model to meet women veterans’ needs, resulting in improved team function, provider gender sensitivity, and provider burnout. She recently completed a VA partnered evaluation of EBQI effectiveness on comprehensive women’s primary care in 21 low-performing VAs. She also directs the VA Women’s Health Research Network, overseeing a national consortium of researchers and clinician-educators advancing VA’s women’s health research agenda and co-leading the VA Women’s Health Practice-Based Research Network, comprising over 60 partnered VA medical centers enabling multisite research and quality improvement.
Dr. Yano received the VA Under Secretary Award for Outstanding Achievement in Health Services Research (2012), the UCLA Lester Breslow Lifetime Achievement Award in the Alumni Hall of Fame (2017), and a Special Recognition Award from Disabled American Veterans for her research impacts on women veterans’ care (2018), and was named one of 50 Women of Impact in U.S. Health Care (2018). She has published over 240 scientific manuscripts and has been continuously funded as a Principal Investigator for over 20 years. She has served in a wide array of national leadership and scientific advisory roles, including NIH, AHRQ, PCORI, and the National Center for PTSD, among others, and chairs the Board of Directors for AcademyHealth, in addition to providing congressional briefings and testimony on her research and implications for evidence-based practice and policy.
Ms. Zimmerman serves as a Senior Program Advisor in the Office of the Director at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. In this role, she provides strategic guidance and works on special projects in the Office of the Director, including spearheading work related to AHRQ’s research conferences and summits and strategic educational outreach. Ms. Zimmerman serves as Contracting Officer Representative on various projects including the HSR/PCR study. Ms. Zimmerman also serves as Designated Management Official for the AHRQ National Advisory Council. Prior to AHRQ, she served as Director of a large NIH-funded clinical research trial at Mount Sinai Medical Center and a consultant to New York-Presbyterian Hospital. She received her MPH degree from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health and a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Brandeis University. Ms. Zimmerman earned her PMP certification in 2013.