the University of Minnesota, and his master of arts degree in public policy from the University of Chicago, where he was also a Robert Wood Johnson clinical scholar. He completed his clinical training in internal medicine, pulmonary, and critical care at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. Dr. Bach’s main research interests are assessment and improvement of the quality of cancer care. He has focused particularly on improving the quality of care for early-stage lung cancer and has a broader research interest in racial disparities in cancer care and outcomes.
Kenneth H. Buetow, Ph.D., has focused for more than 20 years on understanding the role of genetics in complex human diseases such as cancer and on applying sophisticated informatics technologies to solve major biomedical challenges. In his current role of National Cancer Institute associate director responsible for bioinformatics and information technology, he initiated and oversees the caBIG program, a groundbreaking initiative built to connect the entire cancer community in a “World Wide Web” of biomedical research. Dr. Buetow also serves as the director of the NCI Center for Bioinformatics and Information Technology (NCI CBIIT), which is responsible for maximizing the interoperability and integration of NCI research. He is also chief of the Laboratory of Population Genetics (LPG), where his group applies genomics to increase our understanding of the genetics of complex phenotypes. In addition to serving on the governing and advisory boards for numerous government organizations, academic institutions, and scientific and medical societies, Dr. Buetow has published more than 160 scientific papers. His recent honors and awards include the Editor’s Choice Award from Bio-IT World (2008), the Federal 100 Award (2005), the NIH Award of Merit (2004), and the NCI Director’s Gold Star Award (2004). Dr. Buetow received a B.A. in biology from Indiana University in 1980 and a Ph.D. in human genetics from the University of Pittsburgh in 1985.
Carolyn M. Clancy, M.D., a clinical researcher and a practicing internist, was named director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) on February 5, 2003. Previously, she directed AHRQ’s Center for Outcomes and Effectiveness Research. From 1984 to 1990, Dr. Clancy was an assistant professor of medicine and director of the Medical Clinic at the Medical College of Virginia, and currently she is associate clinical professor at George Washington University’s Department of Medicine. Her health services research priorities include issues such as quality, access, and the