Alfred O. Berg, M.D., M.P.H., has been at the University of Washington since 1977. Dr. Berg was elected to the Institute of Medicine (IOM) in 1996. In 2004 he received the Thomas W. Johnson Award for career contributions to family medicine education from the American Academy of Family Physicians, and in 2008 he received the F. Marian Bishop Leadership Award from the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Foundation, recognizing his contribution to enhancing the academic credibility of family medicine. He has served on many national expert panels using evidence-based methods to develop clinical guidelines, including chair of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, co-chair of the otitis media panel convened by the then-Agency for Health Care Policy and Research, chair of the CDC Sexually Transmitted Diseases Treatment Guidelines panel, member of the American Medical Association/CDC panel producing Guidelines for Adolescent Preventive Services, member of the IOM’s Immunization Safety Review Committee, and chair of the IOM’s Committee on the Treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. He currently chairs the CDC panel on Evaluation of Genomic Applications in Practice and Prevention, and the NIH State-of-the-Science Conference on Family History in Primary Care. He received his M.D. at Washington University in St. Louis and his M.P.H. at the University of Washington. He completed residencies in Family Medicine and in General Preventive Medicine and Public Health.
Ralph G. Brindis, M.D., M.P.H., FACC, FSCAI, is the Senior Adviser for Cardiovascular Disease for Northern California Kaiser and a Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of California–San Francisco (UCSF). Dr. Brindis is a practicing interventional cardiologist with an active practice in consultative cardiology. His major interest in process measures and outcomes assessment in cardiovascular care has led to helping to create and implement various Cardiovascular Guidelines for Northern California Kaiser. Dr. Brindis currently serves as the Vice President of the American College of Cardiology (ACC). He has served previously as the ACC Governor of Northern California and as past president of the California Chapter of the ACC. Dr. Brindis is the current Chief Medical Officer and Chair of the ACC National Cardiovascular Data Registry Management Board, which oversees six cardiovascular national registries. He also chairs the ACC Appropriateness Oversight Task Force developing appropriateness criteria for noninvasive testing and coronary revascularization procedures in cardiovascular disease. He is the past chair of the ACC Quality Strategic Directions Committee. Dr. Brindis was the 2007 recipient of the national ACC Distinguished Fellow Award. He is also an active volunteer in the AHA. He has served on the California Affiliate Board and previously as President and member of the Board of the AHA San Francisco Division. He now serves on the Steering Committee of the national AHA Quality of Care and Outcomes